Increase Your Intelligence

In a lot of ways, your overall intelligence is fairly well established before you ever have anything to do with it. Family genetics, your diet as an infant, vaccinations, illnesses during childhood, your preschool education, even the types of punishment your parents chose to dish out—there are studies linking all these factors and hundreds more to your eventual smarts as an adult. But just as you can work hard in the gym and change your diet to overcome bad physical genetics, you can also train your brain to far exceed its initial intellectual potential. It may not be a muscle, but you can train your brain just like you would your biceps to perform at a significantly higher level. 

Here are few ways which can help you increase your intelligence. These are BASICS.

  1. Seek Novelty – Seek out new activities, experiences, and information. Learn an instrument. Take an art class. Go to a museum. Learn a new subject. When you expose yourself to new things, you create new neural connections that build on each other and create an optimal environment for learning.
  2. Challenge Yourself – Efficiency  hinders cognitive growth. As soon as you start to become proficient in a subject or activity, move on to the next one. Always be challenged by what you are doing. This keeps your brain constantly making new neural connections, creating an optimal environment for learning.
  3. Think Creatively – Engage both your left and right hemispheres. Think across a wide range of subjects. Make connections between remote ideas. Alternate between conventional and unconventional thinking. Look for unorthodox solutions. 
  4. Do Things the Hard Way – Your brain needs exercise just like your body. technology can weaken your cognitive abilities if relied on too much. Use your memory instead of GPS. Use your spelling skills instead of auto correct. Do the math in your head instead of reaching for the calculator.
  5. Network – Exposing yourself to a variety of people gives you opportunities to see problems from a new perspective, or offer insights in ways that you hadn’t thought of before. This helps you to think in new and different ways. 

So what do you think? Do you want to increase your intelligence? Do you think its possible?




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  1. it may be possible, the five basic steps you enumerated do sound convincing. however, intelligence is difficult to measure so even if we increase or if we are doing things detrimental to its development, we wont ever know. Do you believe in IQ tests?

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  2. The Scientologists are quite controversial, to be sure, but one of their merits is that they do advocate for the belief that intelligence can be expanded/increased, per the IQ score. I am neither an advocate of nor a practicing Scientologist, but I do believe that my own intelligence potential did increase over time. At birth, due to my mother’s penchant for obedience at all costs, my brain was traumatized; I was “crowning”, the ob/gyn was not yet on the premises, and mum held me in her vagina until the doctor finally arrived. The theory (also mine/sick of me, yet?) is that my math application skills were delayed, as well as large motor coordination (specif between the legs and arms), due to cranial compression. Mum said I didn’t walk until year 1, but was talking in short sentences at 6 months. Be that as it may, once I took a job as a waitress in a Greek dinor at age 25, my brain finally conquered these latencies. It might be that gifts for music and art, inborn, enhanced the likelihood, given that both hemispheres were already fully firing, but I do credit those 5+ years waiting tables with finally “balancing” my intelligence. Good Lord, taking the SATS in high school, my math score was only 450! Now, I am readily able to “think” mathematically, and possess organizational skills at the level of producer. So, yes; I do believe intelligence can increase over time. Oh; and, I also teach cello, as a registered Suzuki instructor, and my beginners include children as young as 5 and adults as old as 86! Thank you for this piece, empress2inspire; well written, to the point, and important.

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  3. Great post! I consider intelligence non static. You can learn how to learn, and increase your knowledge. I think you can develop or increase your intelligence, but some have a much greater aptitude for it.

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