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Five myths about genius

The meaning of 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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The meaning of 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.

Genius And Genetics

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.

Genius And High IQ

Being a Genius does not equate a high intelligence quotient. Real, creative genius is less about intelligence and more about having an elevated vision.
Genius does not require encyclopedic knowledge or an impressive degree.

Where Genius Pops Up 

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.

The Loners

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.

The Modern Genius 

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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The creative genius tends to pay attention to things that normally should be ignored or filtered out.

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Normal and abnormal

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.

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Genius is not about having an extraordinarily high IQ, or even about being smart. It is not about finishing Mensa exercises in record time or mastering fourteen languages at the age of seven.

Geniuses and problem solving

Leonardo da Vinci believed you begin by learning how to restructure the problem by looking at it from many different angles.

In order to creatively solve a problem, the thinker should not use the usual approach that is based on past experience. Geniuses use several different perspectives to solve an existing problem and thereby also identify new ones.

Making your thoughts visible

Galileo revolutionized science by making his idea visible with diagrams, maps, and drawings. Einstein believed that words and numbers as they are spoken did not play a significant role in his thinking process.

Geniuses seem to develop a skill to display information in visual and spatial forms, rather than only mathematical or verbal lines. 

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