3 Traits of Extremely Smart People

Written by Salina Jivani


We’ve all come across someone who seems to be super-humanly smart. You know the one. That person who appears to have the power to predict the success of every decision. Everything they do seems to be exactly right, they overcome the most impossible of situations with ease, and, heck, even the way they talk or express themselves is nothing short of suave with a mix of genius. They have a good head on their shoulders and sometimes, just sometimes, you wish you could dissect their brain to see exactly what it’s made of (because likely it’s not what the rest of us mere mortals have in our own brains). Believe it or not, intelligent people do share certain qualities and traits that set them apart from the rest of the pack. Here’s a list of just three of the many characteristics you might notice in these wise owls.

They’re not know-it-alls

Intelligent people don’t pretend to know everything. In fact, they’ll probably be one of the very first to admit when they have no clue what’s going on. Instead of viewing their lack of knowledge about a subject or topic as a setback, they view it as an opportunity to brush up on a vaguely familiar topic or even about something that’s otherwise completely alien to them. This is what sets them above the rest—they continuously try to quench their thirst for information by acquiring more and more knowledge.

They’re funny

Think of what you’d expect and intelligent person to look like and your mind will probably conjure an image of a bespectacled person who is timid, robotic and has zero personality. But this stereotype is extremely off base—in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Intelligent people are usually extremely funny and have a great sense of humor. Think back to the person you admire for their brains, and it’s likely you’ll realize that they find humor in the slightest situations and possess a strong wit or a prominent funny bone.

They’re open to novel ideas

Smart people don’t limit themselves to only a specific set of ideas or beliefs. Their minds are broad and open to a myriad of thoughts and they’re all about exploring new thoughts or ideologies. Often, they consider different viewpoints and are open to weighing their options before deciding on a firm solution.

Going back to that person you believe to be highly intelligent. Observe what traits they have, pay attention to their behaviors and notice their outlook and perspectives on topics. Adopt their positive traits after careful analysis. By doing so, you’ll be embracing yet another trait of a highly intelligent person—embracing the best of traits from those around you and making them your own.

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