You don't really need to have a high IQ in order to be considered a highly intelligent person. In fact, there's a lot more to being smart than knowing a bunch of facts or being good at science and math. According to experts, many highly intelligent people don't even realize how intelligent they really are.
"A highly intelligent person is one who is flexible in their thinking and can adapt to changes, they think before they speak or act, and they're able to effectively manage their emotions.," Dr. Catherine Jackson, licensed clinical psychologist and board certified neurotherapist, tells Bustle. "In short, they possess several different types of intelligence, including but not limited to intellectual, social, and emotional intelligence."
Researchers have looked into the many different traits highly intelligent people have in common. For instance, a 2016 study published in the British Journal of Psychology, found that highly intelligent people actually prefer to be alone. It was found that smarter people tend to experience lower life satisfaction the more often they socialize with friends. According to evolutionary psychology, people evolved to be intelligent in order to solve problems. So those who are happier being alone were seen as highly intelligent because they have the ability to solve problems on their own without needing any help.
Rest assured, if you're a social butterfly, it doesn't mean that you're not smart. You may possess other qualities that show off your intelligence, like having the ability to easily connect with others.
According to Jackson, highly intelligent people don't often think of themselves like that. So here are some signs you're highly intelligent, even if you don't feel like it.