How To Increase Your IQ Level

einstein tongueA couple of questions today. First of all, have you ever taken an IQ test? If so, how did you score? If not, why not? Was it because you don’t know how to read and so the tests didn’t make sense to you?

I’ve taken a few of them, and so far I’ve ranged from the low 100s (103 was my lowest) all the way up to 139. 103 would be considered very average, while 139 seems to be butting up against genius level according to most of the tests I have seen.

I think this is a different question than “How do you get smarter?” That question gets asked often and most of the people I see who are asking it don’t have a great idea of what “being smarter” would actually look like.

So what is it? Reading more books? Getting more degrees?

It depends. How synonymous are smarts and wisdom? Do you view intelligence as a sort of functional fitness scale for the brain? When I talk about functional fitness, mental or physical, I’m usually just looking at the ability to perform a specific task.

You can read a lot of books and score horribly on an IQ test. I’ve done it.

And I suspect you can have a high IQ while forfeiting just about every social skill in the world, and without reading a bunch of books or doing a lot of formal book learnin’.

IQ tests, to me, are an example of functional mental fitness. They may be good indicators that you are intelligent, but they can also mean that you are very good (fit) at taking IQ tests–executing a specific task.

Enough rambling. Over to you.

What’s intelligence? What’s wisdom?

Does IQ have anything to do with either of them? How much stock do you put in these tests?

And of course, do you know how to increase your IQ level?


8 thoughts on “How To Increase Your IQ Level

  1. Yes, I have taken an IQ test. Several, actually. Like you, to varying results. As indicated in another post, I am quite convinced of my own intelligence, and that’s not going to change based on what any test says.

    The very idea of any one IQ test definitively determining your intelligence I find kind of hard to swallow. Just by virtue of the fact that the test does ask certain questions, it is not asking others, and your exposure or life experience up to that point would greatly impact how well or poorly you do on that particular test.

    I agree that “how intelligent are you?” and “how do you get smarter?” are two very different questions. Intelligence seems like something you have or are, while “smarts” is something you develop or, as you put it, exercise.

    Not that they are completely unrelated. It would seem like the same activities that make you smarter could garner you intelligence.

    I think you could both become smarter and gain intelligence through reading books, but that doesn’t mean, necessarily, that you would. Especially depending on the books. And degrees don’t mean much, either, I don’t think. If you pay your money and put in the requisite amount of time, your school is going to give you a degree. But there is no guarantee that you will have learned even one thing. Or become any smarter. Or intelligent.

    I have known people with high IQs and test scores that couldn’t find their way out of a paper bag, and many of them also had the personality of a sea slug. And I have known people that never even went to college that were more brilliant and eloquent than I could ever hope to be.

    I think you can train to a test, and I think any test is an artificial, imperfect attempt to figure out what you really know/how bright you really are.

    Intelligence you are born with. You are as intelligent as you are.

    Wisdom is gained through experience. You become more wise with time.

    I think the best an IQ test can do with regard to either of these is give a brief snapshot relating to knowledge you have as pertaining to the specific questions asked.

    I don’t know how to increase my IQ, but I don’t really care. I am as smart as I am, and I am okay with that.

  2. The average IQ in the United States? I don’t know. I’d like to think it was well above 100, but I’m not sure. I briefly glanced at a controversial book called IQ and the Wealth of Nations, by Dr. Richard Lynn. He argues that there is a direct correlation between national wealth and national IQ. Heady stuff. And again, it goes to the discussion previously about how you even measure such a thing. If the wealthy create the tests, and their cultural/educational background defines the world (for them), then that is going to carry over to the tests, even if it’s on a subconscious/unintentional level. I have read similar studies about race and test taking. I think you have stumbled upon an interesting line of discussion here.

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