A Beautiful Sign That You Have A High IQ

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People with high intelligence
tend to have this quality.
Being free of prejudice is a
sign of high IQ, research finds.
People with high IQs are less
likely to be racist or homophobic.
Similarly, trusting others and
being sensitive to interpersonal cues are also signs of high intelligence.
In contrast, people who have
lower IQs are more likely to be racist.
Those with lower IQs are also
more likely to have prejudiced attitudes towards homosexuals.
The conclusions come from a
survey of 15,874 people in the UK who were given IQ tests in childhood.
were asked questions like:
“I wouldn’t mind working with
people from other races.”
This and questions like it
probed overt racism.
The results showed that people
whose responses to these kinds of questions were racist also had lower IQs.
The study also found that
people with lower IQs had less contact with people from races other than their
In a second study, the
researchers asked 254 people in the US about their attitudes towards
The results showed that people
prejudiced against homosexuals were also likely to have lower IQs.
Again people with lower IQs
were likely to have less contact with gay people.
study’s authors conclude that:
“…we found that lower general
intelligence (g) in childhood predicts greater racism in adulthood a predictive
effect of poor abstract-reasoning skills on antihomosexual prejudice, a
relation partially mediated by both authoritarianism and low levels of
intergroup contact. Our results suggest that cognitive abilities play a
critical, albeit underappreciated, role in prejudice.”
The study was published in the
journal Psychological Science (Hodson & Busseri, 2012).
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.