Frank Zhu says "people who can focus for long stretches at a time and tune out distractions" are highly intelligent
The paper describes two small studies that found people with higher scores on an IQ test were slower to recognize large background movements in an image
You understand how much you don't know
"intelligent people let themselves become fascinated by things others take for granted."
Psychologists say that open-minded people — those who seek out alternate viewpoints and weigh the evidence fairly
An intelligent mind has a strong aversion to accepting things on face value and therefore withholds belief until presented with ample evidence,
Smart people can "almost feel what someone is thinking/feeling
smart people are able to see patterns where others can't. That's because they can draw parallels between seemingly disparate ideas.
Interestingly, journalist Charles Duhigg argues that making these kinds of connections is a hallmark of creativity
smart people are likely to procrastinate on quotidian tasks, mainly because they're working on things that are more important.
Wharton psychologist Adam Grant suggests that procrastination is key to innovation, and that Steve Jobs used it strategically.
The time Steve Jobs was putting things off and noodling on possibilities was time well spent in letting more divergent ideas come to the table
You contemplate the big questions
intelligent individuals "wonder a lot about [the] universe and meaning of life." What's more, Kumar writes, "they always [ask] what's the point of everything?"
That existential confusion may be one reason why smart people are more likely to be anxious