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Knowing your IQ will never bring you happiness. You're either an underachiever or a dumb person who made it. amirite?

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someone who high will laugh at this, someone at middle shrug it off, while someone who low... whoa dude, cool down, like what the hell

Well of course to most people it wouldn't, but there's around 8% of us out there that get to join Mensa for it. Resulting in chances to meet and bond with people just want to be brainy. You only think it'll never make you happy because you choose not to understand.

Mcgee0s avatar Mcgee0 Yeah You Are +6Reply

Or if you've succeeded it's only because you got lucky with intelligence, not because of your effort.

It's true I don't think knowing your IQ helps. If you're smart you already know it. Of course if you're not smart you also probably think you're smart so... ignorance is bliss?

@Squintygibberoses4jt Why?

Because you know you aren't one of the idiots who just thinks you're smart. You'll know you really are. Or you'll know you're an idiot. Hahaha.

@Alixkast Because you know you aren't one of the idiots who just thinks you're smart. You'll know you really are. Or you'll...

Yeah but most people don't think they're idiots. So it's a bit of a risk if being intelligent is something you care about.

I know lots of smart people (programmers mostly) and they know they're smart without needing a test.

motorbikemillys avatar motorbikemilly Yeah You Are +7Reply
@motorbikemilly Yeah but most people don't think they're idiots. So it's a bit of a risk if being intelligent is something you care...

True. Sucks to be them.

Programmers aren't necessarily highly intelligent. They are just good at a thing. Many people are average but good at something. Doctors, lawyers, engineers, well educated, skilled people. Many very diligent, studied for years, worked hard. No measure of IQ. Now the person in that field who breezed through school without much effort, that's your genius.

Intelligence is your ability to learn, not your ability to be good at 1 thing.

@Squintygibberoses4jt Or if you've succeeded it's only because you got lucky with intelligence, not because of your effort. It's true I...

Right? And if you're a genius you could always do better. And if you have a lower IQ than you would expect, you feel bad about being less than you had hoped. It's a no win situation.

Why would anyone think that merely knowing their IQ would make them happy?

teknogreeks avatar teknogreek Yeah You Are +4Reply
@teknogreek Why would anyone think that merely knowing their IQ would make them happy?

My point is that it's a zero sum game. There's no answer to it that will make you happy.

@NeutralPheede Hmm, ok.

Probably should have phrased it "there's no good that can come out of knowing your IQ"

@americanthaiguy Probably should have phrased it "there's no good that can come out of knowing your IQ"

I can relate more when you word it that way. In that case, I think it depends very much on whether a person is honest with themselves or not. People who lie to themselves benefit from nothing, but think they benefit from everything.

@Tanmoykayesen I can relate more when you word it that way. In that case, I think it depends very much on whether a person is...

It's just sort of a no win. I'm reasonably successful. I try to be honest with myself but if you stack me on spectrum I'm either an overachiever based on iq or underachiever. And if I'm an overachiever, it means I'm not as smart as most in my socioeconomic class. I can take either, but either conclusion will lead someone to realize that they are deficient somewhere and isn't a conclusion most people want to draw or something that most people feel great about after making a conclusion.

Mine brings me much happiness. I'm neither of those.

It seems like there are more options than this…

ChootEmChootEms avatar ChootEmChootEm Yeah You Are +2Reply

More like, My IQ would make YOU depressed

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