When my husband was young, he took an IQ test. He had been excelling in school, so I guess they wanted to see his test results. It turned out that he does have a high IQ, so he was put in gifted and talented classes. Back then in California, the gifted and talented classes were really good, and took the kids on outings on the ocean, and to tide pools and such. These days they are pretty much stuck in the class room because of budget cuts. But I digress.... I have never taken an IQ test. I wasn't particularly gifted in school, but I think part of that is probably due to a little ADD. I distinctly remember spending much of my time at school day dreaming instead of listening to the teacher. I didn't get horrible grades, but I didn't really do well in school until I started college and had developed a little more ability to pay attention. I admit that even today, I have a hard time paying attention when someone is teaching, unless they are really speaking dynamically, or telling something very interesting. It's a constant battle to keep my mind on the speaker. But I never had my IQ tested, and I grew up feeling like I wasn't particularly intelligent because of my struggles in school.
In recent years I found these IQ tests online. I have taken several, and I always get the same result. I also saw a television show once that had a "virtual" IQ test that you could take while watching the show. Once again, I got the same result that I had gotten with the online tests. I kind of doubt any of them are accurate, but I do think it's interesting that I always get the same result.
The other day my kids were watching "Rob Dyrdeks'Fantasy Factory". It's not my favorite show. In my opinion, it's a bunch of adults who never grew up. It is funny at times, but I don't think it sets a very good example for children. And there is swearing, although it is "bleeped" out. I have seen some of these shows in the past, and always wondered why these grown people spend their entire life playing children's games. Well, this particular show focused on IQ. They decided they were going to all take IQ tests, and Rob would give a prize to the person with the highest IQ. I was SHOCKED that they had such low IQs! I guess I thought that if you are successful in business, you probably have higher intelligence. Most of the people on the show had an IQ of 100. I guess that technically is average, but I really wonder if that is average. I should ask "Dr. Psycho", but I really thought most people would have higher numbers than that.
So here is my dilemma. Part of me would like to know my IQ. But if I have an IQ of 100..... that would be hard to take, especially considering my husband's IQ. Part of me wants to know, and part of me is afraid to know! lol
In all fairness, I have seen really smart people make really stupid decisions, so maybe I shouldn't put so much stock in IQ afterall. I do have some very smart friends. And I follow some very smart bloggers. I'm sure that bloggers like Looney, and Bunc, and Beetle Blogger have much higher IQs than me. I just like to follow along for the intellectual ride. :)
I do have to say that I think I have a fairly high EQ. (emotional quotient). My high IQ husband can't even begin to grasp some social situations, or emotional struggles of people. So while there is something to be said for high intelligence, it isn't the sum of all intelligence. But I sure hope my score isn't low. :)