We all have bad habits. Some more than others. And while we should work to rid ourselves of some of these habits, your bad habits can say a lot about the type of person you are.
Like if you display certain traits of intelligence.
According to Psychology, many intelligent people share these same 3 bad habits. Do any of them sound like you?
1. Stay Up Late
If you tend to go to sleep rather late, don’t worry you’re definitely in good company. Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, Keith Richards and Elvis Presley are all famous for nocturnal activities.
According to research, Psychologist have found correlations between people who are night owls having higher IQ’s than people who tend to go to sleep early.
Maybe it has to do with all the racing thoughts in your head that keeps you from going to sleep at normal hours.
2. Use swear words often
In the past using swear words could give you a bad reputation. People who swear a lot are often looked at as uneducated and vulgar.
But a recent study by psychologists from Marist College concluded that those who tend to use curse words often also had higher vocabulary and rhetoric skills than those who don’t.
They measured subjects verbal fluency by asking volunteers to think of as many words as they can that begin with a certain letter of the alphabet in 1 minute. Participants with better language skills can usually think of more examples in the given amount of time.
Based on this approach, the researchers created the swearing fluency task. This task requires volunteers to list as many different swear words as they can think of in 1 minute.
By comparing the scores of both tests, the researchers found that those who’d score high on the verbal fluency test would also score quite high on the swearing fluency test.
They also saw that those who performed poorly on the verbal test also performed poorly on the swearing test.
It seemed to suggest that swearing was not a sign a poor verbal skills and a sign of language poverty. It is however a feature of language that articulate speakers can use to communicate their messages to maximum effectiveness.
So, how many swear words can you come up with in a minute?
Some think that being messy means your lazy. While many might agree with them, there will be many psychologist out there who’d vehemently disagree.
According to psychological scientist Kathleen Vohs, a messy environment can promote creativity and stimulate new ideas.
Her new study with fellow researchers at the University of Minnesota concluded that “Disorderly environments seem to inspire breaking free of tradition, which can produce fresh insights,” Vohs concludes. “Orderly environments, in contrast, encourage convention and playing it safe.”
“Prior work has found that a clean setting leads people to do good things:
Not engage in crime, not litter, and show more generosity,”
Vohs explains. “We found, however, that you can get really valuable outcomes from being in a messy setting.”