8 Unexpected Traits Only Highly Intelligent People Possess

How can you tell whether a person is intelligent?  This is certainly not an easy question and everyone has a different opinion.

Thus, some may say that intelligence means being knowledgeable about everything. Others may say that intelligence is an ability you’re born with. And there are others who think that you can “increase” your IQ levels over time and that intelligence is usually measured by how creative you are.

But, intelligence doesn’t always show itself in these ways. Sometimes it manifests itself in unexpected manners – ones that we almost never associate with someone who is bright. Oftentimes, those people who are proficient in one form of intelligence are lacking in others.

For example, a brilliant mathematician may not be so good at literature or art while a distinguished artist may possess great knowledge in science. However, there are few lucky people around the world who have somehow tapped into many or all realms of intelligence.

These people possess certain characteristics that others almost never relate them to their intellectual abilities.

Here are 8 unexpected traits only highly intelligent people have:

1. They’re open-minded.

People who possess high IQ levels understand that to hold firm to their beliefs means to limit their thoughts and abilities. Therefore, they’re prone to changing their thoughts and opinions. They can have firm beliefs, but they always stay open to new ideas.

2. They never hurry.

They always take as much time as they need to make the right decisions and choices. They always take into consideration what’s morally and socially right and acceptable before making any important decision or step in both their personal and professional life.


3. They don’t care about fitting in.

They know that not all people will accept them and have a good opinion about them. therefore, they never bother to always please the people around them.

This doesn’t mean they don’t care about other people’s feelings and opinions, but they simply don’t feel the need to fit in social groups. They’re confident in themselves and don’t need to be surrounded by a lot of people to feel happy and worthy. Having a handful of friends is enough for them.

4. They can’t stand small talk.

Talking about unimportant things, such as the weather, or what you had for lunch yesterday, or what you’re going to do next Saturday, or, let alone, gossip, is out of the question. They only talk about meaningful things – ones that can benefit them and other people as well.

5. They know everyone makes mistakes.

Highly intelligent people understand that all people make mistakes and therefore, they never act like their opinion or attitude is always the right one. They’re not afraid to make mistakes.

Yet, they also have the courage to admit to their mistakes and apologize to the person to whom they did wrong.

6. They trust their gut.

People with high IQ levels have highly developed intuition. Therefore they always follow their instincts. They base their decisions and actions on their intuition, and they’re rarely wrong about this.

7. They know actions are more important than words.

When these people make a promise, they make sure they keep it. Or when they’re going through tough times, they make sure they take action to overcome them. They never wait for someone else to solve their problems, chase their dreams, and fulfill their tasks.

8. They control their emotions.

Highly intelligent people don’t let their strong, negative emotions get the best of them. When they get worried, angry, or sad, they always find a way to get themselves together and stay in control over their emotions and behavior.

They understand that if they let their emotions have power over them, they can make terrible mistakes.


Riley Cooper is a professional writer who writes informative and creative articles on topics related to various fields of study. Written with love and enthusiasm, her articles inspire readers to broaden their knowledge of the world, think and get ready to act.