The Personality Trait That Indicates High IQ

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This character trait is linked
to a high IQ.
Being conscientious is linked
to having a high IQ, but only among females, a study finds.
People who are conscientious
are more careful, efficient and self-disciplined — and they aim for
Among males, however, those
who are more careless and indifferent have higher IQs.
The study of school children
also found that introverts who are conscientious get the best grades.
Fear may also be a factor in
driving up grades, the Swedish research found, since neurotic pupils got better
Neurotic people tend to worry
more, which may motivate them to work harder if their worries are stoked by the
Pia Rosander, the study’s first author, said:
“We have a school system in
Sweden that favours conscientious and fear-driven pupils. It is not good for
psychological well-being in the long term if fear is a driving force. It also
prevents in-depth learning, which happens best among the open personality types
who are driven by curiosity.”
The study included 200 pupils
entering secondary school at 16 who were followed for three years.
The results revealed that
girls who were eager to please got better grades.
On the other hand, boys were
more likely to be curious, but the system tended not to feed their curiosity.
Rosander said:
“Greater conscientiousness,
i.e. getting things done, arriving on time, etc. may be a way for boys to
compensate for a lower IQ.”
The study also found that introverts
get better grades, probably because extraverts have so much to distract them.
Rosander said:
“My studies clearly show that
the school system needs to be more individualised. How else can we support
talented pupils with the ‘wrong’ personality type, those we call
under-performers, who are capable but lack the ability to plan their school
work, for example?”
The study was published in the
journal Learning and Individual Differences (Rosander et al., 2011).
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.