Do you think youre clever?


Hi there!

My name is Jenny and I am a Commodity Consultant for MOCC.

Intelligence is always a really interesting question, as it is really difficult to measure.

I know that I have an IQ of 134.
I have a 2.1 BA(Hons) Degree in Geography from the University of Exeter.
I have 2 A's and a B at A Level.
I got A*A*AAAABBBCD in my GCSEs.
I have a Distinction in Grade 5 Theory of Music.
I have an A in Grade 8 Choral Singing.
I have a Merit in Grade 8 Classical Singing.
I have an emotional intelligence level of the top 5% of people in the Uk.
And apparently, my general knowledge equates to me having a PhD!!

But these are just the statistics and results I use to justify my own personal intelligence.

The reality is, I have always really struggled with learning things I have never really been interested in.
I struggle at work (I am a Mortgage Broker by week - Commodity Consultant in my spare time), where a lot of my work centres around numbers and computers.
I am really not intelligent when it comes to computers and numbers. Or at least I think.
I only got a C in GCSE Maths, and a D in my short-course ICT GCSE. I'm not sure whether or not this reflects my intelligence in these subjects to a degree - society certainly seems to think so, and these lower grades even prevented me getting into the University of Bristol to study Geography (a somewhat unrelated subject, at first thought).

Our society's reliance on statistics effects almost everything we do; where or if we chose to go to university, what job we have, where we live, our lifestyle, and to an extend; even our interests. I only tend to do things I perceive myself as good at or 'intelligent' towards.

The matter of whether or not one considers oneself to be 'intelligent' tends to be another societal faux-pas. If I say I think I am clever, does that make me big-headed? Arrogant? Would people dislike me more?

Personally, I do not think I am necessarily 'clever', but I would say I am 'observant' 'contemplative' and 'considerate', but, again, I am not sure if these are attributes you would normally associate with intelligence. I definitely have strengths and weaknesses, as do most people. I guess statistics are the most comprehensive and autonomous methods of measuring one's intelligence in relation to the general population.

I hope this has been insightful,

Kind regards,


by MoCCconsultant on May 14th at 1:29pm
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