“Messy, always late and swear like a sailor? It just means you’re super smart” – Arwa Mahdawi
As a child, did your parents insist that you keep your room clean, go to bed early, and avoid cursing? These behaviors may actually be linked to higher IQ levels, according to numerous studies.
Contrary to popular belief, swearing is not a sign of a limited vocabulary or lack of intelligence. In fact, research conducted by Kristin L. Jay, called “Deconstructing the poverty-of-vocabulary myth,” found that those who use more curse words actually have a better vocabulary and higher IQ scores. Furthermore, people who can recite more swear words per minute demonstrate good rhetorical skills.
While cleanliness is often associated with order and organization, messy environments have been found to stimulate creativity and generate innovative ideas. In a study by psychological scientist Kathleen Vohs, it was discovered that untidy surroundings inspire unconventional thinking, while tidy spaces encourage conformity and playing it safe.
Furthermore, punctuality may not be as important as previously thought. People who struggle to arrive on time are often regarded as selfish and inconsiderate, but Business Insider’s Sabrina Hoffman and John Stanley Hunter have proposed a different theory. According to their research, having an imprecise sense of time may be linked to optimism, multitasking skills, and a type B personality, all of which can contribute to success in both personal and professional endeavors.
Staying up late has also been linked to higher intelligence. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Madrid found that students who stayed up later performed better on tests of general intelligence and inductive reasoning, which is a strong predictor of academic performance.
In summary, recent research suggests that being messy, using curse words, and struggling with punctuality may actually be signs of intelligence and creativity. So don’t be too hard on yourself if you fall into any of these categories – you may be more successful than you think! To learn more about the link between swearing and honesty, check out the video below.