Top 3% of World Population
I conducted the test in Manchester, UK at the beginning of September, 2020 in my early 30s.
Due to my high openness, I was told that the Cattell/Culture Fair test would be the best descriptor of my IQ Intelligence compared to other IQ tests.
Therefore, I did the test in the UK where the test is the default test for the country. Alongside that I was living in Germany, which is further from Australia / America / Canada than the UK in order to take a proper English version test.
For the 3% of the Population, the calculation is 97.3657942589%, which you can see here for 16 standard deviation (sd) column.
Image: The Stanford-Binet row is accurate for my test, as they use the same .16 deviation.
Image: For a visual description of the population percentages for the Wechsler .15 row (pretty much the same as the .16).
So close to being accepted into Mensa.
Only one test score needs to be above the threshold on either of the Cattell tests to gain entry, so I was 1 point off acceptance with a 131 score.
“British Mensa can offer supervised tests using two separate, industry-standard tests, the Cattell III B and the Cattell Culture Fair III A. A score which puts you in the top two per cent of the population on either of these papers would qualify you for membership of Mensa… The two papers test different types of IQ.”
The Culture Fair is used for fluid and crystalline intelligence, which is the ability to learn, problem solve, and apply abstract concepts. Ie, think outside the box to solve a problem. Some other IQ tests test your ability to think inside the box to a highly proficient manner. The test I scored high on was how well you can think abstractly and logically at the same time, which is usually used in creative pursuits, like inventing and entrepreneurial thinking.
“… the current view of psychologists and other scholars of genius is that a minimum level of IQ (approximately 125) is necessary for genius but not sufficient, and must be combined with personality characteristics such as drive and persistence, plus the necessary opportunities for talent development. For instance, in a chapter in an edited volume on achievement, IQ researcher Arthur Jensen proposed a multiplicative model of genius consisting of high ability, high productivity, and high creativity.” (Source).
In psychology personality tests, creativity is termed as openness, and productivity is termed industriousness from what I understand. In these areas, I score in the 91st percentile for creativity (the mean percentile for women in a general population (women and men) is 45, for men it is 55) and 88% percentile for industriousness (the mean percentile for men in a general population (women and men) is 51.5. For women it is 49.5).
This implies I have the required skill set to be able to use my IQ adequately.
I find this is a good general descriptor of my personality within a workplace. Though I would say I do also ponder things quite a lot, but it may be that this is only in regards to certain subjects. As I do prefer to discuss things with others which trying to work out the things I have been pondering. I agree with the statements that I thrive on debate, and find myself drawn specifically into environments, or towards people, which are looking for a change. Fueling them.
I have an overabundance of energy which kicks things, with extreme force if there is a lot of resistance, into gear.
For example, I will force someone into bettering their life even if they protest to laziness, as long as it does indeed serve their needs in the long run. If I feel a corporate is too, ‘stuck in a rut’, and after an array of violent pushes still resisting required change, then I have noticed in retrospect that I leave the company rather than lowering my own energy.
I try to find places where I am needed for my skill set rather than just kept around out of custom. I tend to feel pulled towards businesses or people looking for a catalyst and I am relatively fine-tuned now at realising when my role has finished.
As they say IQ is hereditary. I will explain that it comes from my father. As an example, he read harder prose to me and my brother from infanthood, though he arguably lacks the industriousness to use it as I will explain. As I believe both industriousness and IQ are correlated to likelihood of success in life.
I believe I obtained the Industriousness from my mother, whom is very strong willed and arguably the only reason I was born*. She is an incredibly strong-willed, determined woman both at home and in the workplace. Being highly empathic, extremely resourceful and hard working to achieve her goals. I feel she was a good role model for my native industriousness. My mother is far more conservative leaning than I, with a strong emphasis on family values, home, and stability. She is quite a dominant woman, not afraid to say her mind, along with the mix of her high amount of empathy this makes her an interesting person.
She has struggled over her life to be able to withstand my berrating intellectual discussions when I get passionate about things I am researching. I feel that over time, what my mother has represented to me is a ‘good, normal life’. Of a working woman, whom cares for her family. At the age of 15, my mother was working for the Australian government in the city with a full-time job, and had long-service leave by the time she had children in her early 20s. This was more unusual for the time, and I put this down to her Industriousness.
After having children she picked up a job much lower than her capability for 10 years so that she could pick up and drop off for school times, and be there to look after us when we got home from school. Later then re-entering the white-collar professions again when my brother and I were in our teens, and moving high up in the ranks. Even though she had to start back at the bottom and work her way up. Very good role model for industriousness.
I obtained the high IQ from my father. My father being a mixture of a good and bad role model in many ways. Quite brilliant sometimes, having curiousity about people specifically. He loves to talk, and loves an intellectual debate. He loves to learn, whenever my brother or I do something new, he wants to know all he can understand about it even though he is now over 65 and retired. I would say my father is more liberally minded, and his dream was to become a teacher. He achieved an economics degree at night, whilst working full time during the day. He is great at mathematics, and loves every kind of sport that was created.
He worked two jobs whilst I was growing up, with his weekend job being related to the Sports industry. He likes being in a crowd and to be where the party is at. His favourite things in life are probably alcohol and the gym. I understand that is an oxymoron but it works for him. The good and the bad seem to offset each other, having a higher than average desire for both activities. He loves Australia. Extremely patriotic and I was raised in that environment. Though fundamentally I am not as patriotic as my father, but I was raised on the notion of all the pros of the country I was raised in.
*Why I noted that my mother was the only reason I was born is because my father can be quite lax and relaxed. I was raised on this fundamental notion, iterated by people in my environment, that my father lacks motivation. He says the only reason he is part-owner of a nice large house, and had any kids at all, was because it was my mother’s goal. His twin brother (non-identical) never married, or had any children, and so my Uncle has also been a form of secondary father also. In this sense though, my father just had some luck in meeting my mother. I, of course, am grateful this was the case.
A goal of my father is to be able to ‘do as he pleases’ without having to put himself out too much. For an example, later in his career he took jobs closer to home so he could be involved in his hobbies more easily. If I wanted anything from him, I would have to work very hard to barter for his time as he was very self-absorbed. Even if society would consider my request a normal fatherly duty, I may have had to fight for it to occur.
Similarly with intelligence, if he found something hard to discuss when I was younger, I would have to circumvent and work to make him find the motivation to explain something to me. Fundamentally as a person, I believe even if we were not related, I would actually enjoy my father’s company as a friend. This is due to our closer level of intelligence providing conversational comfort, and both of our thirst for knowledge. Though of course, like my brother, though the three of us are intellectuals, we tend to differ greatly on what sides we sit on in an argument. So there can be some conflict, which is pretty normal for all families.
We have a strong bond, though like with my mother, there is a level of conflict due to being different. Which is normal. Though my father and I are very similar, which he notes is likely because I take more from ‘his side of the family’ than my mothers. Though I was raised predominantly with my mother’s side of the family as they are more family-orientated, and my father’s parents already having passed away when I was young.
My father’s dad having died when he was 10 years old, as a war veteran from disease at middle age. I believe this emphasised my father’s nature to be more health conscious in his diet, besides the alcoholism.
I am grateful to both my parents for the genetics and epigenetic upbringing mostly. Most of my concerns lay in the Western style of living rather than parenting. Though that can be said of any society. Specifically, as an example I have general distaste for the Western diet which has caused my body many issues over my childhood life. Though eased slightly by my mother, my health issues would have been solved through consuming a foreign more A blood type focused diet.
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