That's because they can draw parallels between seemingly disparate ideas.As April Astoria notes: "You think there's no relation between sashimi and watermelon? Both are typically eaten raw and cold." Interestingly, journalist Charles Duhigg argues that making these kinds of connections is a hallmark of creativity (which, depending on who you ask, can be closely linked to intelligence).Over on Quora, more than 100 people have answered the question "What are the common traits of highly intelligent people?" Some users claim to know from personal experience (so humble); others are just taking an educated guess.Intelligence depends on being able to change your own behaviors in order to cope more effectively with your environment, or make changes to the environment you're in. They understand how much they don't know The smartest folks are able to admit when they aren't familiar with a particular concept.As Jim Winer writes, intelligent people "are not afraid to say: 'I don't know.' If they don't know it, they can learn it." Winer's observation is backed up by a classic study by Justin Kruger and David Dunning, which found that the less intelligent you are, the more you overestimate your cognitive abilities. This might not be important to you, but it might be. Why: The main point here is not to jump to assumptions about your date's politics. Why: If your date is exploring a relationship with someone else you might want to push pause at the end of your first date but offer them the opportunity to get back in touch with you if the other relationship doesn’t work out. Especially in the age of internet dating, people sometimes meet multiple people they’re interested in around the same time.
Why: Helps you plan future dates but also gives you an opportunity to choose not to pursue dating someone who has very incompatible food preferences from you. Purchase my book The Anxiety Toolkit You can get an email alert whenever Dr Alice Boyes writes a new blog article - Subscribe.As it turns out, many users gave answers that researchers would agree with. They're highly adaptable Several Quora users noted that intelligent people are flexible and able to thrive in different settings.We pulled eleven of the most intriguing Quora responses and explained the science behind them. As Donna F Hammett writes, intelligent people adapt by "showing what can be done regardless of the complications or restrictions placed upon them." Recent psychological research supports this idea.At the same time, smart people are careful about which ideas and perspectives they adopt."An intelligent mind has a strong aversion to accepting things on face value and therefore withholds belief until presented with ample evidence," says Alas. They like their own company Dipankar Trehan points out that highly intelligent people tend to be "very individualistic." Interestingly, recent research suggests that smarter people tend to derive less satisfaction than most people do from socializing with friends. They have high self-control Zoher Ali writes that smart people are able to overcome impulsiveness by "planning, clarifying goals, exploring alternative strategies and considering consequences before [they] begin." Scientists have found a link between self-control and intelligence.In one experiment, for example, students who'd scored in the lowest quartile on a test adapted from the LSAT overestimated the number of questions they'd gotten right by nearly 50%.