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Old 01-09-2010, 05:45 PM   #31
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Old 01-09-2010, 05:46 PM   #32
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2. Yes, and there is a particular relationship that has forced my hand in this respect. And I think that regardless of its outcome, it has been a very good thing for me so far.
Well, that's good anyway.

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Less happy in the sense that I was indecisive about what I wanted to do with my life (sometimes having too many options is not a good thing).
Yeah I have that thing too. I still haven't properly addressed it. Actually very few people in my experience do what you have done what you have done and I admire you for it. The only example I can think of off the top of my head is someone who was in my year in college and having graduated then went and retrained to become a pharmacist.

I don't know why more people don't seek to excel in different areas, I suppose it's a lack of confidence. People talk about doing MBA's and the like to effect a career change, but that isn't a freaking career change, it's just obtaining a piece of parchment to advance to a different level of corporate bullshit and have longer meetings.
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I've watched other shows about Chris Langan and he comes across as extrememly disfunctional and arrogant. I was surprised that video showed him in a pleasant light
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Old 01-09-2010, 06:29 PM   #34
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My questions are:

(1) Do you view yourself as having poor EQ (emotional intelligence)?
(2) If yes to (1), have you/are you taking steps to rectify this?
(3) Do you perceive your giftedness as having made you happier than those less gifted, or is the obverse true?
(4) Do you struggle with addictive behaviour patterns?


i have no idea what my IQ is. i do know that i was put in the gifted program when i was in 4th grade, and i always tested highly on standardized tests including the SATs, though i will say that my grades did fluctuate a bit from grades 8-10, mostly due to me being an adolescent shit for a while.

how do people know their IQs? i was never told.

1. no. i think my EQ is pretty good.

3. i think that both are true for me, though i would say that being a reflective, thoughtful person probably isn't tied to IQ. being reflective and thoughtful can lead one to find tremendous sadness in the world and an awareness of what one gives up when one makes decisions, as well as the limitations placed upon all of us by circumstances out of our control. however, being curious and confident has led me to meet fascinating people and, more importantly, to have the courage to take risks that have led me to amazing places and experiences.

4. yes. there have been points in my life when i've question as to whether or not i was actually addicted (or, more accurately, developing an addiction) to various things, though i've never, ever had a clearly defined "problem" as such. i know that i have this potential within me, and i'm able to monitor myself and i fully understand how important my health is, and i trust myself to know when to end whatever behavior might result in addiction. however, were my life to go significantly off the rails, i think i would be someone at risk for addiction to whatever substance or activity might fill the void.

i also think that an addictive personality, when carefully monitored, is a positive thing. the world needs more people consumed by passion for food, love, life, sex, travel, etc. it's a fine line between passion/obsession/addiction.
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Old 01-09-2010, 07:31 PM   #35
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how do people know their IQs? i was never told.

i also think that an addictive personality, when carefully monitored, is a positive thing. the world needs more people consumed by passion for food, love, life, sex, travel, etc. it's a fine line between passion/obsession/addiction.
In my case, an IQ test was a requirement to enter school early. From what I'm gathering about a good chunk of the others who have answered, they were also tested for their school's gifted programs. Technically, the most accurate tests are administered by psychologists, though, of course, the accuracy of any test's ability to measure somebody's intelligence is up for serious debate.

I wholeheartedly agree with that as well. More accurately put, I have a deep passion for music, which nothing else in my life has come close to matching. To me, addiction is when passion for something becomes damaging to oneself.
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i am sure i was tested in 3rd grade, i was just never told what it was.

and i'm glad i don't know.
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Old 01-09-2010, 08:08 PM   #37
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Well, to be fair to my school, they didn't tell me the score, they told my mom, who subsequently told me in my teenage years. I am glad I didn't know for a good amount of time, but at the same time, it was a comfort of sorts to finally know in high school, I guess.
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(1) Do you view yourself as having poor EQ (emotional intelligence)?
(2) If yes to (1), have you/are you taking steps to rectify this?
(3) Do you perceive your giftedness as having made you happier than those less gifted, or is the obverse true?
(4) Do you struggle with addictive behaviour patterns?
1) I used to be wacked, but over the past 2 years, I've calmed down a lot. I took a EQ test not too long ago and I got a good score

2) Yeah, I'm still growing

3) I don't know if I have a high IQ; I was never tested. But I believe happiness could only be found in loved ones and within yourself

4) The internet
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how do people know their IQs? i was never told.
I was tested by the school board in order to be moved into a gifted program and my parents received the scores. Truth be told I don't remember the exact number anymore, though my Mom thinks it was 146.

My grandfather has tested with a significantly higher IQ than that (and he has very close to a non-existent EQ in my opinion - though he is a wonderful person).
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Well, to be fair to my school, they didn't tell me the score, they told my mom, who subsequently told me in my teenage years. I am glad I didn't know for a good amount of time, but at the same time, it was a comfort of sorts to finally know in high school, I guess.
That's exactly what they (the school and my mother) did for me. She left it at "somewhere between 130 and 180" (a laughably large range) up until I was about 17.
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I was never tested as a kid. I can see how segregating kids out on the single dimension of IQ might compromise developing in other critical areas like social, physical and emotional abilities.

As an undergrad I considered going on to do an MBA so I took the GMAT. My score would have qualified me for ivy league. I was already doing a b.comm so I figured an MBA was overkill so I didn't bother. I was already working full-time and burnt out with school so continued working.

Later on I was a candidate for a Fortune 100 company who sent me to an industrial psychologist for a full day of testing and in-depth interviews. I agreed on the condition that I receive all results and reports. I was offered the position.
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Old 01-10-2010, 11:30 AM   #42
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I don't think I ever did a formal IQ test as such at school, we did aptitude testing in secondary school and I know I was in the top 1% for all the aptitude tests except spatial awareness and clerical.

Around 6 years ago I did a bunch of online IQ tests and scored in the 132-140 range which is not bad for a semi-functional alcoholic.
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Were you looking specifically to see if people with higher IQs tend to have more problems with addiction?
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Were you looking specifically to see if people with higher IQs tend to have more problems with addiction?
Yeah that was kind of the point. Result: inconclusive.
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I have not been diagnosed as OCD because I haven't displayed any debilitating habits, however, I have signs of having OCD. I'm considered a "checker" in that I constantly make sure things are on or off that are supposed to be, locked or unlocked that are supposed to be, excessively checking my pockets to make sure I have what I need, etc. I also have had constant earworms for about three years.

Is this in any way related to my genius IQ? I have no idea. I've actually never thought about it. I've never known IQ to be any type of indicator for OCD.
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