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Science Says Intelligent People Tend To Have These 4 Traits In Common

Science Says Intelligent People Tend To Have These 4 Traits In Common

Have you ever been scolded for your “nasty habits” before? Have your parents yelled at you time after time to clean your room? Do friends and strangers look at you funny when you start talking to yourself? Maybe you accidentally swear in front of your grandparents? Or perhaps you do all of these things and it keeps you up all night, along with all the other thoughts that decide to run through your head at 2 AM.

I’ve got news for you! These four things are not as bad as they seem. Research has shown that the following habits and/or traits can actually be signs that you are an intelligent person.

Intelligent People Tend To Be Messy

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    In a study by Kathleen Vohs, a psychological scientist, it was found that a messy desk promotes creative thinking and stimulates new ideas.

    “We are all exposed to various kinds of settings, such as in our office space, our homes, our cars, even on the Internet,” Vohs observes. “Whether you have control over the tidiness of the environment or not, you are exposed to it and our research shows it can affect you.”

    So, if your room is a mess, don’t be embarrassed. It allows your creativity to flow. A messy environment actually helps you to break the norm and come up with new ideas!

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    Intelligent People Tend To Talk To Themselves

    Call them crazy, but people who often talk to themselves might be on to something. Think about it: you come up with this brilliant idea while walking with no one around to talk to about it. You know you need to talk it through and start babbling aloud. Suddenly, you look up and see a few strangers looking at you funny as they pass you on the street. What are they looking at? You’re just trying to get your thoughts together!

    Science says that people who talk to themselves aren’t crazy — they’re actually more intelligent! It helps them to define their problem more clearly and come up with a better solution more quickly than their silent counterparts.

    Intelligent People Tend To Swear More

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      Let’s face it, cursing isn’t that bad. What is a curse word, anyway? They could be interpreted as a bunch of letters formed together to make a crude insult or simply just words you say without realizing it.

      In this study, it’s shown that those who curse more have a higher IQ and that a large vocabulary of swear words is a sign of rhetorical strength. So let your inner sailor come out and start using all the wonderful words of the English language — good and bad!

      Intelligent People Tend To Stay Awake Longer

      When you have a lot on your mind and don’t solve all your problems before you go to bed, you’ll toss and turn while you’re attempting to sleep. Not to worry! Staying awake later than others has been proven to increase your IQ (just like swearing)! Apparently, it gives us more time to think through our problems and come up with a better solution.

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      Back in the age when mankind didn’t have fire, their only source of light was the sun. This forced them to go to bed early to avoid night predators. Today, however, we have artificial lighting at all times of the day and night, giving us the ability to harness the nighttime hours.

      So if you swear, stay awake longer than your friends and family, or you’re messy and talk to yourself when you’re in public, it’s okay. Science has your back and has proven that you’re more creative, have a higher IQ, and can work through problems faster than the average person. Keep doing what you’re doing, friend!

      Featured photo credit: Kimson Doan via unsplash.com

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      Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

      Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

      There are many reasons why people might scream – they’re angry, scared, or in pain (or maybe they’re in a metal band!). Some might say that screaming is bad, but here’s why science says it’s good for you.

      “For the first time in the history of psychology there is a way to access feelings, hidden away, in a safe way and thus to reduce human suffering. It is, in essence, the first science of psychotherapy.” — Dr. Arthur Janov

      Primal Therapy

      Dr. Arthur Janov invented Primal Therapy in the late 1960’s. It is a practice that allows the patient to face their repressed emotions from past trauma head on and let those emotions go. This treatment is intended to cure any mental illness the patient may have that surfaced from this past trauma. In most cases, Primal Therapy has lead Dr. Janov’s patients to scream towards the end of their session, though it was not part of the original procedure. During a group therapy session that was at a standstill, Dr. Janov says that one of his patients, a student he called Danny, told a story that inspired him to implement a technique that he never would have thought of on his own.

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      How it Started

      “During a lull in our group therapy session, he told us a story about a man named Ortiz who was currently doing an act on the London stage in which he paraded around in diapers drinking bottles of milk. Throughout his number, Ortiz is shouting, ‘Mommy! Daddy! Mommy! Daddy!’ at the top of his lungs. At the end of his act he vomits. Plastic bags are passed out, and the audience is requested to follow suit.”

      It doesn’t end there, though. Dr. Janov said that his patient was quite fascinated with that story, and that alone moved him to suggest something even he believed to be a little elementary.

      “I asked him to call out, ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ Danny refused, saying that he couldn’t see the sense in such a childish act, and frankly, neither could I. But I persisted, and finally, he gave in. As he began, he became noticeably upset. Suddenly he was writhing on the floor in agony. His breathing was rapid, spasmodic. ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ came out of his mouth almost involuntarily in loud screeches. He appeared to be in a coma or hypnotic state. The writhing gave way to small convulsions, and finally, he released a piercing, deathlike scream that rattled the walls of my office. The entire episode lasted only a few minutes, and neither Danny nor I had any idea what had happened. All he could say afterward was: ‘I made it! I don’t know what, but I can feel.’”

      Delving deeper

      Dr. Janov says he was baffled for months, but then he decided to experiment with another patient with the same method, which lead to a similar result as before. The patient started out calling “Mommy! Daddy!” then experienced convulsions, heavy breathing, and then eventually screamed. After the session, Dr. Janov says his patient was transformed and became “virtually another human being. He became alert… he seemed to understand himself.”

      Although the initial intention of this particular practice wasn’t to get the patient to scream, more than once did his Primal Therapy sessions end with the patient screaming and feeling lighter, revived, and relieved of stresses that were holding them down in life.

      Some Methods To Practice Screaming

      If you want to try it out for yourself, keep reading!

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      • Step 1: Be Alone — Be alone. If you live in a place that you can’t be alone, it might be a good idea to talk to your family or roommates and explain to them what you’re about to do and make sure they’re okay with it. If you’re good to go, move on to step 2.
      • Step 2: Lie Down — Lie down on a yoga mat on your back and place a pillow underneath your head. If you don’t own a yoga mat, you can use a rug or even a soft blanket.
      • Step 3: Think — Think of things that have hurt you or made you angry. It can be anything from your childhood or even something that happened recently to make yourself cry, if you’re not already crying or upset. You could even scream “Mommy! Daddy!” just like Dr. Janov’s patients did to get yourself started.
      • Step 4: Scream — Don’t hold anything back; cry and scream as loud as you can. You can also pound your fists on the ground, or just lie there and scream at the top of your lungs.

      After this, you should return your breathing to a normal and steady pace. You should feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted off of you. If not, you can also try these other methods.

      Scream Sing

      Scream singing” is referring to what a lot of lead singers in metal or screamo bands will do. I’ve tried it and although I wasn’t very good at it, it was fun and definitely relieved me of any stress I was feeling from before. It usually ends up sounding like a really loud grunt, but nonetheless, it’s considered screaming.

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      • Step 1 — Bear down and make a grunting sound.
      • Step 2 — Hiss like a snake and make sure to do this from your diaphragm (your stomach) for as long as you can.
      • Step 3 — Breathe and push your stomach out for more air when you are belting notes, kind of like you would if you were singing.
      • Step 4 — Try different ways to let out air to control how long the note will last, just make sure not to let out too much air.
      • Step 5 — Distort your voice by pushing air out from your throat, just be careful not to strain yourself.
      • Step 6 — Play around with the pitch of your screams and how wide your mouth is open – the wider your mouth is open, the higher the screams will sound. The narrower or rounder your mouth is (and most likely shaped like an “o”), the lower the screams will sound.
      • Step 7 — Start screaming to metal music. If you’re not a huge metal fan, it’s okay. You don’t have to use this method if you don’t want to.

      If you want a more thorough walkthrough of how to scream sing, here’s a good video tutorial. If this method is too strenuous on your vocal chords, stop. Also, make sure to stay hydrated when scream singing and drink lots of water.

      Scream into a pillow

      Grab a pillow and scream into it. This method is probably the fastest and easiest way to practice screaming. Just make sure to come up for air.

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      Always remember to make sure that you’re not going to disturb anyone while practicing any of these methods of screaming. And with that, happy screaming!

      Featured photo credit: Sharon Mollerus via flickr.com

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