Learn how to identify extremely intelligent people and what common characteristics set them apart from other brilliant minds


Neuroscientist Dr. Fabiano de Abreu Agrela discusses how it is possible to identify individuals with above-average intelligence.

It’s not difficult to come across stories of people who demonstrate remarkable ease and dynamism, especially in solving everyday problems. There are even children who exhibit advanced reasoning abilities for their age, particularly in their reactions to certain daily situations.

Undoubtedly, many of these individuals later establish themselves as highly intelligent people, and in the case of children, they are increasingly referred to as prodigies. On this topic, post-PhD neuroscientist Prof. Dr. Fabiano de Abreu Agrela, an expert in intelligence studies and a member of four high IQ societies, pointed out how we can identify these individuals and what sets them apart even from others with brilliant minds. “It is not difficult to detect the subtleties that differentiate intelligence, quantifying, not with numbers, but through perception, the size of a person’s intelligence. This analysis also depends on the intelligence and how developed the analyst’s cognition is,” he began.

According to him, there are several nuances in behavior that need to be taken into account. Apart from the basics, which are: creative thinking, curiosity, a willingness to seek answers, and a high level of decision-making, as well as more assertive preventive perceptions. Also, as he mentioned, another easy-to-distinguish analysis is the interest and achievements in various fields, including the ability to delve into the pursuit of knowledge in entirely different areas. “Another easily identifiable analysis is the ease and agility in finding solutions, sometimes even for things that seem simpler, like a linear answer with depth. Also, the ability to provide quick responses to deal with new problems,” he mentioned.

Furthermore, according to Fabiano, we can add the following signs that can identify such minds: An appetite for information and knowledge, which includes not only curiosity but also a genuine need for intellectual stimulation; The ability to quickly grasp their arguments without the need for much explanation, perhaps even anticipating the final conclusion before it is reached; Identifying interesting implications and consequences of their arguments that you yourself had not considered; Displays of quick perception, a strong learning ability, and substantial problem-solving skills; A broad scope and/or depth of knowledge; The ability to recognize and appreciate the relevant talents and achievements of others.

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