From the time we begin school we are tested. Our teachers reward good grades and frown upon low scores. The pressure we feel from the adults in our lives to achieve perfection is impossible to meet and suffocating. The true measure of a person's intellect is much more complex than a fixed scale that ranges from 'fail' to 'perfect'. You do not need to have a perfect SAT score to be highly intellectual. There is more to being smart than being a perfect student. Experts in the field say that highly intellectual people don't realize how intelligent they actually are.
Researchers have studied the traits of highly intellectual people and found the following. A 2016 study published in the British Journal of Psychology found that highly intelligent people prefer to be alone. Highly intelligent people are able to problem solve alone. Intelligence is measured in some ways that our educators don't test.
Individuals who are empathetic and compassionate often are more effective in verbal comprehension. The importance of high emotional intelligence cannot be underappreciated. It is a sign of cognitive intelligence. Lead with your heart and you will lead with your mind.
In this day and age, with the dominance of social media, it is easy to blend into the crowd. The world has increasingly taught us that we must talk louder, be more, post more, prove more, to matter. But highly intelligent people are the opposite. They are quiet and observant. They know how to listen and take everything in.
Just know that life cannot be measured by tests in math and science. A multiple choice exam cannot tell you your worth. Remember that you matter. And we all are intelligent in our own way.