2 Personality Traits That Indicate High IQ

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This is not something people
usually associate with intelligence — but the study clearly shows a link.
Highly intelligent people are
more likely to be generous and altruistic, psychological research finds.
Altruistic people are
unselfish and sometimes deny themselves so that others can have more.
Intelligent people may be more
generous partly because they can afford it.
People with higher IQs
generally have greater resources, or can expect to recover what they have given
later on.
Generosity is not something
people usually associate with intelligence — but this study clearly shows a
The study’s authors write:
“In the first study, we found
that those who contributed more than their fair share to a public good were
more intelligent, as measured by two relatively independent measures of general
In the second study, we showed
that those who possess a dispositional tendency to value joint benefits more
their own, scored higher on an
intelligence test.”
For the study, 301 people
played games that involved either donating to others or keeping things for
The results revealed that
intelligent people were more generous to others.
People who were more
egotistical — keeping more for themselves — tended to be less intelligent.
People with higher IQs were
more concerned with the public good.
The authors write:
“The evidence presented
supports the possibility that unconditional altruism may serve as a costly
signal of general intelligence because altruism is costly and is reliably
linked to the quality ‘general intelligence’. 
Consistent with the finding
that children’s intelligence 
predicts later socio-economic
success better than parents’ attributes, we assume that intelligence is an
indicator of future resources. 
As a consequence, someone with
high cognitive skills may be able to donate more in advance than someone with
lower skills.”
In other words, intelligent
people can afford to be more generous because they have more to give.
The study was published in the
Journal of Research in Personality (Millet & Dewitte, 2007).
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.