IQ for Dummies?
Do you know what IQ stands for? Do you even know what it means? If the answer is ‘no’, you’re in good company…most of us don’t!
Simply put, your IQ stands for or Intelligence Quotient – and it’s a number that represents certain aspects of your cognitive skill. Very left-brain-based, it’s essentially a measurement of your ability to apply logical reasoning to solve problems.
But that doesn’t mean your IQ is ‘better’ than that of a 3-year-old. Or that of a centenarian for that matter. Your IQ is measured against your age too.
How Are IQ Scores Measured?
Your test is designed, mainly, to measure your mathematical abilities, language skills, memory, reasoning skills, and information-processing speed. Your points gained on these subtests are then combined to form an overall IQ score.
IQ tests are scored in not one, but two ways.
The oldest and most straight-forward way to measure your score is by a simple act of comparison against others in your specific age group. This, however, is seldom done nowadays and can be an inaccurate representation of your intelligence.
The most popular method is a little more…‘mathsy’, where an individual’s mental age is divided by their chronological age and then multiplied by 100.
Average IQ Scores
Interesting, right? But you didn’t come here for that! You want to know how smart you are. So without further ado, here’s the answer.
The average IQ number for any age is 100.
You’re actually deemed to be within the ‘normal’ IQ range if you score anywhere between 85-115 on your test. The vast majority of people fall into this category.
Anything under or over that would be considered ‘out of the ordinary’, from ‘exceptionally gifted’ from 130 onwards to ‘intellectually disabled’ for anyone scoring below 70. Harsh.
So in a nutshell, the higher the number, the higher your ‘intelligence’. You can take a test here.
Unfortunately, none of that matters.
We’re afraid you’ll never get those 2 minutes you just spent reading about IQs back.
What you will get, however, if you keep reading, is the truth.
High or Low IQs do NOT measure intelligence.
There’s really no such thing as a good or bad IQ score.
Why? Because your IQ is such a narrow measure of specific cognitive abilities and does a frankly poor job of reflecting the vast world of your mental capacities and your incredible intellectual gifts as a unique individual.
New research in this field has revealed that we may actually possess up to nine different types of intelligence. And you can develop each of them by learning and improving your brain functions.
The Intelligence That Counts
So what field of intelligence would you genuinely like to be ‘sharper’ in? What’s something completely new you would like to learn? What cognitive abilities would serve you in living your best life? These are the questions that count.
Whether you’d like to learn a new language or instrument, learn how to read faster, remember people’s names forever, or just boost your memory in general, it’s never too late. The truth is, your brain is just like a muscle – you can train it to be stronger.
That’s right, your ‘intelligence’ isn’t set, and it can improve ten-fold with the right coach.
Introducing Jim Kwik
Jim Kwik is our Mindvalley Super Brain coach and teaches thousands of people every year how to tap into their mental superpowers through fast learning. From famous actors like Will Smith to globally-celebrated athletes, he’s the go-to coach for the world’s super achievers.
But it’s not always been that way.
When Jim Kwik was just 9 years old, he overheard his teachers engaging in a conversation about him in the corner of the classroom. Whether they thought he wasn’t paying attention or that he simply wasn’t smart enough to understand, the words he was about to hear would forge his life path right then and there.
‘That’s him…that’s the boy with the broken brain!’
As the words of adults become the internal dialogue of children, Jim went on to suffer for many years at school, believing exactly what that teacher had said about him.
The keyword here is ‘believed’.
What we truly believe about ourselves, of course, becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. And the lightbulb moment for Jim came suddenly with these words…
Your Brain Is a Supercomputer and Your Self -Talk Is the Program it Runs
The power of the mind is astounding. So when we say things to ourselves like ‘I have a low IQ’ or ‘I’m not smart enough’…our brain automatically follows these instructions.
But mental sharpness doesn’t have to be something you just inherently have, it can be something you do, something you train.
And it’s thanks to this discovery, Jim embarked on his journey not only to develop and improve his own memory but to help thousands of others do the same as the most highly revered brain and learning expert on the planet.
Jim Kwik believes that everyone has a Superbrain – it’s just a matter of tapping into its power. Because of this, Jim decided to collaborate with us to bring you a Superbrain Masterclass so you can learn faster, retain more, and forget less. And the best part? It’s completely free of charge.
In this 60-minute online session, Jim will share 10 Powerful Mental Hacks you can apply right away to unlock your inner super learner and improve your memory…regardless of the result of your IQ test.
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