Do you ever feel slow or not so bright around other people? Sometimes I feel smart and other times I feel like a dweeb. It’s weird too; when I’m around my intelligent friends I feel sharp, but when I am around intelligent strangers I can feel like an idiot. Studies show that our intelligence may be directly linked to our social comfort levels, so the more comfortable we feel around people, the more likely we are to be seen as witty and knowledgeable to those we are speaking to, as well as outsiders. When you feel better about yourself, you take better care of yourself by putting better nutrition into your body and exercising. So it’s all about mindset.
Studies done within the education system that consisted of asking students their ethnicity and gender before a test had a significant effect on how well they performed. It seemed that women and minority groups scored much more poorly on their tests compared with Asians and white males. It’s like a self-fulfilling prophecy. As soon as the gender and race questions were removed, students did substantially better.
There were instances where students were told that males performed better on certain subjects than females. And sure enough women did poorly, but this time so did men because they were worried about measuring up to the stigma.
For some reason, the threat of not being accepted into society throws a curveball to many people, it causes them to clam up and changes responses in the body, so they are not using their full mental and physical capabilities.
People may be far more intelligent than they think they are depending on how comfortable they are around another person. Try this theory out the next time you meet an “intelligent” stranger and see if you feel slightly less witty and smart simply because you’re not comfortable around the person yet. You can always “fake it ’til you make it,” by radiating confidence with your posture. Stand up straight, with your shoulders back and head up. Visiting a chiropractor regularly can help with your stance and align your body, thus helping you to look more confident. Then confidence may creep up on you and before you know it you will be more comfortable around other people and thus feel and appear more intelligent.
Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.
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