Five myths about genius
The true meaning of the word 'Genius' has been lost in translation in history.
Nowadays it is referred and related to 'achievement', which was not the original meaning. Real genius people inspire and awe others, as they have special, almost divine abilities.
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It is a myth that genius parents have genius offspring.
There is no genius gene and genetics can be part of the mix, along with attitude, commitment, and a certain mind-set.
A mapping done of the famous genius men and women reveals that genius people don't just pop anywhere, but appear in groups, like a blossoming of flowers.
It is a myth that most genius men and women were solitary, tortured individuals.
While a large proportion of genius writers and artists have suffered mental illnesses, they have not been lonely people as described in pop culture.
Real creative work has been a constant, even with the advent of technology such as computers and the internet, making us produce a huge amount of work in all sectors.
We may be having many more smart and talented people now, but not necessarily "smarter" geniuses.
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Lewis Terman, who helped pioneer the IQ test, tracked over 1,500 Californian schoolkids with IQs above 140, which is the near-genius or genius mark.
40 after the study began, the researchers noted that a number of the study's participants struggled to thrive, despite their high IQ scores. Others tested for the study that did not have a high enough IQ, grew up to become renowned in their fields.
Creativity is a part of genius that can't really be measured, but that can be explained to a certain extent. One sign of creativity is being able to make connections between seemingly different concepts.
The 'aha moment' that arises at unexpected times, like in a dream or the shower, often emerges after a period of contemplation. Information comes in consciously, but the problem is managed subconsciously, resulting in a solution when the mind least expects it.
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There are many so-called mad geniuses in history. Suicide victims include Vincent Van Gogh or Ernest Hemingway. Creative geniuses who have succumbed to alcoholism or other addictions are legio...
The creative genius tends to pay attention to things that normally should be ignored or filtered out.
People with schizophrenia are bombarded with hallucinations and delusions that should also be filtered out. However, creative genius differs from them in that the genius can separate bizarre fantasies from realistic possibilities.
Many geniuses walk the line between the normal and the abnormal. The many impulses and ideas they perceive are a fountain of creativity. However, rational thought does impose a limit on a person's concept of his relation to the world.
The connection between genius and possible insanity was first documented in 1891 in the Italian physicians’ book The Man Of Genius.
In 1869, this was taken up by the cousin of Charles Darwi...
In a 1904 study by English physician Havelock Ellis, a list was made of 1030 individuals through extensive research, examining thoroughly the intellectual distinction people had by the various factors like heredity, general health, and social class.
These works established that genius minds are often hereditary.
A body of work of Stanford psychologist Lewis M. Terman, was an in-depth multi-decade study of gifted individuals, and an attempt to improve the measurement of genius and its association with the degradation of mental stability. This also included an enhanced version of the French IQ (Intelligence Quotient) test.
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