Intellectual or humble?

Think Einstein or Think Newton. The natural association immediately is of a higher cognitive ability and intellectual quotient. Naturally, children and pre teens in the current age are taught to glorify and assimilate a higher intelligence quotient.

But did you know that behavioural tendencies play a part in making you smarter or less so?

Psychological tests have proven how traits like humility play a part in increasing your overall level of intelligence. Social skills have a part to play as well. For instance, in what is known as Dunning-Kruger effect, people with a sense of superiority over their own intellectual prowess have been proven to become less smarter with time. This is because this sense of illusory superiority prevents them from being open to learning new facts and skills as well as failing to recognize the flaws in their existing learning approaches. Being humble in your opinions, beliefs or conclusions enables you to recognize the possibility of flaws in your own thinking and subsequently recognizing the need to amend or change them if the situation requires. This is because irrespective of a person’s intellectual abilities or their educational backgrounds, everyone is prone to errors in judgement or missing key pieces of information in making those judgements in different scenarios.

In most instances, you simply don’t know what you don’t know and this is where behavioural traits such as humility play a part in making you receptive to new facts and acquiring new skills.

Today, for the first time, Nana has a piece of advice for the garrulous Nina. Read on to know more!

This post is a part of the #NinaAndNana series I co-host with Kanika G.


  1. Being open minded is really important. Everyone, scientists included tend to be victims of confirmation bias and shut out facts that are contrary to their beliefs or theories.

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    • Indeed, that’s actually a part of the reason why the IQ test of today fail to capture the entire gamut or limits of a peraon’s intelligence.


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