Simple Personality Test

I don’t usually waste my time on such tests, but this one is interesting, and it’s only got 2 questions. this is from Sunday’s Observer magazine:

  1. Does living in a crowded area get you down

a) a lot

b) a bit

c) not at all

2. Would you prefer to socialise with friends every day as opposed to just once or twice a week?

a) hell, yeah!

b) Maybe a bit

c) no

If you said b or c for the first question and c for the second, then you are showing the response pattern typical of intelligent people. In general, living in an area with high- population density is associated with lower levels of life satisfaction. However, the study on which this quiz is based found that high-population density had a larger negative impact for the lower IQ group (an average of 81, as measured by a standard IQ test) than the higher IQ group (an average of 116). Standard IQ tests are designed so that the average for the population as a whole is 100.

What is more, hanging out with friends every day, as opposed to just a couple of times a week, is associated with greater life satisfaction among the lower IQ group but lower satisfaction among the brainboxes. Interestingly, these geniuses don’t seem to be smart enough to recognise what makes them happy. the study found intelligent people tended to socalise more often than less intelligent people, even though they generally derived less pleasure – and more irritation – from doing so.


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