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Old 03-30-2018, 02:09 PM
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A buddy of mine recently got me into investigating my IQ.

I found a few online tests, and this one seems to be the most accurate:

https://www.arealme.com/iq/en/

Why not take it and share your result?

I'd be curious to know, because I suspect writers tend to have higher IQs, and I'd like to see if I'm right.

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Old 03-30-2018, 03:52 PM
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I see IQ tests in the same ilk as guys who measure their dicks; it's only purpose serves braggadocio. Unless you're filing for disability and you need some hard numbers to prove your case (that you're retarded) I fail to see the point. It's not information that you can really use. It's just a backhanded way for nerds to say "I'm smarter than you" when they're not busy with their Sodoku. Your IQ isn't going to help you land a job, publish a book, or get laid. So, what we're really looking for is bragging rights and penis measurements.
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Old 03-30-2018, 05:00 PM
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spshane,

I didn't ask for people's opinion on the practicability of their IQ.

I asked if anyone was interested in finding out their IQ and sharing their result.
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Old 03-30-2018, 08:10 PM
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Sorry. It started out okay, but there are too many number sequences.
I hate number sequences.
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Old 03-31-2018, 12:44 AM
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Looks like I might qualify for that disability spshane mentioned. Hurray!!!
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Old 03-31-2018, 04:36 AM
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Well, apparently from the comments here, writers don't have higher IQs than non-writers.

One person quit the test because it seems they weren't figuring out the answers. To me, someone who says they hate number sequences is just excusing themselves because they can't find the solutions.

And two people left lame comments, trying to be funny -- instead of actually taking the test.

That aside, I'm pretty sure JK Rowling and Stephen King (the two richest and more successful writers, as we all know) have pretty high IQs. There's average, above average, gifted, and genius. I suspect they're both at least in the gifted category (over 120), if not the genius category (over 140).

And too bad Cityboy hasn't seen this thread yet. But then again, he'd probably be too embarrassed to post his result.
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Old 03-31-2018, 04:43 AM
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Seriously -- it's because I don't give a shit.

Knowing your IQ or that other successful writers might have a high score won't have any effect on my writing or anyone else's.

But knock yourself out and post your score. I'm sure we'll all be very impressed!
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Old 03-31-2018, 04:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Myers View Post
Knowing your IQ or that other successful writers might have a high score won't have any effect on my writing or anyone else's.
I beg to differ.

Do you think "The Da Vinci Code" would have sold the 80 million copies it did if Dan Brown had an IQ of 85? I doubt it. It's clear he's a very bright guy. And I would argue that a certain level of intelligence is necessary to produce something that's going to interest people and sell well.
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Old 03-31-2018, 04:56 AM
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You're not paying attention.

I never said or implied that you don't have to be bright to be a good writer. That's a no-brainer.

What I'm saying is knowing your IQ or anyone else's will have absolutely no effect on your writing.

Not too complicated.
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Old 03-31-2018, 05:05 AM
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BTW -- I've known aspiring writers who are obviously very intelligent but they couldn't write worth a shit. So there's that.
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Old 03-31-2018, 05:09 AM
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Once again, I disagree.

Knowing one's IQ and if it's high can give a person more self-confidence in their ability. It can help foster belief, and without belief, great achievement isn't possible.

Are you familiar with Napoleon as a kid, how he was convinced at a very young age that he would be ruler of France, even though he was poor "nobody"? I don't remember all the details, but it's a fascinating story. Without first developing that belief, would he have risen to such heights?

I think the same thing can apply to knowing one's IQ and writing.
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Old 03-31-2018, 05:10 AM
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Writing also requires a lot of emotional intelligence and a good understanding of what makes people tick -- things not measured by an IQ test.

One more reason why it's useless.
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Old 03-31-2018, 05:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Myers View Post
Writing also requires a lot of emotional intelligence and a good understanding of what makes people tick -- things not measured by an IQ test.
How does a person come by that understanding? Isn't it through observing patterns and anomalies in peoples behavior? And isn't that essentially what's required to score high on an IQ?
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Old 03-31-2018, 05:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Konan View Post
Once again, I disagree.

Knowing one's IQ and if it's high can give a person more self-confidence in their ability. It can help foster belief, and without belief, great achievement isn't possible.
And the opposite could be true if the score isn't as high as someone thinks it should be.

You have to be astute and smart enough to tell a good story -- and to recognize whether or not your writing is something other people might want to read.

That's it. Otherwise, if you need some superficial number in order to believe in what your doing -- you've got other issues.

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Old 03-31-2018, 05:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Konan View Post
How does a person come by that understanding? Isn't it through observing patterns and anomalies in peoples behavior? And isn't that essentially what's required to score high on an IQ?
I doubt it, but you tell me.

What's a question or problem on an IQ test that indicates an understanding of human behavior that would have some bearing on your writing?
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Old 03-31-2018, 05:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Myers View Post
What's a question or problem on an IQ test that indicates an understanding of human behavior that would have some bearing on your writing?
I found the secret to most of the questions on an IQ test, like I mentioned earlier, is to see the patterns or anomalies in the problem. Once that pattern or anomaly is discovered, the solution becomes obvious.

Thus, people who have high IQs have a "super power" for observing things and seeing patterns. And if that ability is applied to observing people and their behavior, they will develop a great understanding of human nature and what drives and motivates people to action. And naturally, understanding human nature is a key element that will take a storyteller a long way.
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Old 03-31-2018, 05:29 AM
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Hmmm. Looks like there are tests that measure emotional intelligence.

Why don't you take one of those and get back to us?
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Old 03-31-2018, 05:59 AM
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I started the EQ test (also in the link above), but none of the options they give me in the first few questions are things I would choose to do. I would react in ways they don't suggest.

What does that mean?

But it's pretty clear which ones are the so-called "correct" answers.
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Old 03-31-2018, 06:08 AM
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I don't know -- because there's really no need for me to take the test. I thought it might give you another platform for "belief" in yourself. Oh well.

Regardless -- it's clear that you've taken the test and you have a high score -- and you think it's telling you something about your writing that you want to believe is relevant -- and for some reason you want everyone to know about it.

But I've read your writing -- seen how you develop characters. Seems like you're competent.

And I'm suggesting you may not want to attach too much importance to your high IQ...

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Hey, you started this conversation -- not me. I simply asked people if they'd be interested in taking the test and sharing their results.

BTW, has anyone ever told you you psycho-analysis others too much?
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Old 03-31-2018, 06:53 AM
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BTW, has anyone ever told you you psycho-analysis others too much?
Probably.

And it's a weird notion that you would suggest that people take the test and share the results and not expect them to discuss how or why it's relevant. What's the point otherwise -- and what difference does it make who started it? Sheesh.

Beyond that -- I'll go way out on a limb and say that if your score indicated average intelligence you wouldn't have started the thread.

Doesn't take a lot of psychoanalysis to figure that one out...
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Originally Posted by Konan View Post
Well, apparently from the comments here, writers don't have higher IQs than non-writers.

One person quit the test because it seems they weren't figuring out the answers. To me, someone who says they hate number sequences is just excusing themselves because they can't find the solutions.

And two people left lame comments, trying to be funny -- instead of actually taking the test.
Oh dear. Poor result on your Insult Quotient, I'm afraid.

The ultimate intelligence test is being savvy enough not to follow a link which could infect your computer with all manner of nasties. So there.
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Yeah the test is bogus

Its math oriented. And yes I know cause the score I got was way over my actual number, I'm just good with math and numbers
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OK -- so a couple of weeks ago I went to a convenience store -- I wanted a bottle of water and some peanuts, so I went inside and prepaid for my gas.

Then I got in my car and drove away without gassing up -- and didn't realize it until I was back on the highway.

So I'm thinking my IQ is what, 55 maybe?
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Shit man, I'd say at least 350.
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Holy shit -- I'm a double genius. Best seller list, here I come!
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Two things I've learned about people who talk about their high IQ scores:

1) They have very high opinions of themselves.

2) They are douchebags.

Of course, there are always exceptions!
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Old 03-31-2018, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Myers View Post
Two things I've learned about people who talk about their high IQ scores:

1) They have very high opinions of themselves.

2) They are douchebags.

Of course, there are always exceptions!
If you're referring to me, I haven't posted my IQ here nor have I even mentioned it.

You brought my IQ into the conversation -- not me.
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