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Featured What are your IQs and a bit on why I'm asking and how it relates to autism

Discussion in 'General Autism Discussion' started by An Arctic fox, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. Baeraad

    Baeraad Active Member

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    I took a test in college and scored 132. But then I took a series of more specialised tests when I got my diagnosis, and apparently depending on the specific area I range from 90 to 140. So supposedly I'm really smart in a few very select ways (like rote memorisation), and really dumb in a lot of others (like multitasking). Sounds about right, to be honest.
     
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  2. FreeDiver

    FreeDiver How long can you hold your breath? V.I.P Member

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    The only thing IQ tests look for, are a person's ability to analyze and decipher patterns. Most people an the spectrum are naturally good at pattern analysis and thus why IQ scores are higher. Just remember that intelligence does NOT equal wisdom.
     
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  3. An Arctic fox

    An Arctic fox Well-Known Member

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    The 90-140 is a big range I think that's cool! :)
     
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  4. An Arctic fox

    An Arctic fox Well-Known Member

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    I know this thanks for saying it for others though
     
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  5. Baeraad

    Baeraad Active Member

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    Ehehehe, it's not so great in practice. Sometimes, rarely, I run into a situation that's suited to my talents, and then I get to be the freakish genius who just says, "you just do this and this and then this, what's so hard about it?" and have people give me impressed looks, and that's cool. But like ten times more often, one of my weaknesses forms a bottleneck that prevents me from utilising my strengths (e.g., it doesn't matter that I'm good at predicting how different factors will interact when I can't handle more than two or three factors at the same time, because almost all situations in the real world involve more factors than that), and then I have to stand there going "... whut?" while the normal people try to be patient with me and explain it again and again and again. And being a moron feels even more depressing when you know what it feels like to be brilliant. :(
     
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    Suzanne Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    I have no idea and do not really care. To go by a set of numbers to determine someone's intellect is highly insulting.

    I have been told many times that I am very intelligent, so go by that and in truth, if I did find out that my iq is very low, I know it would prey on my mind, so rather be ignorant on that.
     
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  7. An Arctic fox

    An Arctic fox Well-Known Member

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    You arent a moron you just struggle to process lots of information, it's ok to be like that.
     
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  8. BrokenBoy

    BrokenBoy 戯言使い(Nonsense User)

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    Never got a IQ test but my score is probably pretty low
     
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  9. An Arctic fox

    An Arctic fox Well-Known Member

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    It probably isnt low and even if it is it doesnt really matter
     
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  10. Rexi

    Rexi owo uwu owo Weird&Unusual Atheist Science=<3

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    My boyfriend is amazingly accurate at solving riddles. We sometimes played with them, but he dislikes math. On the other hand, my ex was a 'human computer', solving hard math problems in seconds perfectly.

    My boyfriend has a lot of ability to know what the right course of action is without googling stuff, and his mind is like sort of an intraweb, he always scored high in school without reading anything or paying attention. He just figures out things if he thinks long enough on them.

    He never took an IQ test and doesn't believe in it. Despite this he has enough hardships for me to know his life is much harder than mine.

    He struggles with rigid thinking, but of course since he's accurate at things I understand why, but with other people its harder than that and he can make mistakes. But he also puts others quite a lot before him even though that makes his life even harder.

    Being his lover is harder than being his friend if im torn between trying to get him to take more care of himself and understand how much it means to him to sacrifice for others.
     
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  11. Progster

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    I haven't a clue what my IQ is as I have never been formally tested. I don't really want to know, I would worry in case it came out with a really low score and that would affect my self-esteem, so I really don't want or need to know. In this case, ignorance is bliss.

    I don't like way it is conducted and how you are evaluated, given a number and told what percentage of the population you fall in, it all gets to be like a big competition, people comparing their scores and a guaranteed way to knock down a person's self-esteem if they don't get a high score. As bad as, if not worse, than taking a school exam. Telling people not to compare oneself to other people doesn't work - people still will and do, because that is human nature: people are competitive.
     
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    I can't remember what my score was (I was tested over a decade ago, when I was in uni) but it was in the top 5%. Within the wider test (for dyslexia) my results where "spikey"; on some parts of the test I got the highest possible scores (vocabulary, those shape puzzle things, word puzzles), on some I was above average (maths, reading comprehension), on some I was below average (working memory), and on one I didn't even get a score (I had to read a passage of text aloud and then answer questions about it, I couldn't remember a single thing that I had read). The results were really interesting and the process was a lot of fun.

    As for where I am on the spectrum, I don't really like 'functioning' labels, but I would definitely be classed as high functioning (I'm diagnosed with Aspergers). I live alone without any support, I am in full time employment, I 'pass' as NT, I have friends and an active social life. I struggle with anxiety, overwhelm, emotional exhaustion, but I am currently able to cope with this without medication (I have previously been on medication and have been through therapy).

    Wow so many parentheses...
     
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    Jeremiah Chaotic Neutral

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    When I took Mensa's IQ-test couple of years ago, result I got was 135≤
    I don't really feel smart, though.
     
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  14. xudo

    xudo something

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    I have an IQ of 144, but the executive functioning of a potato.
     
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    Major Tom Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    My tested IQ is 137 and I am level 1 autistic.
     
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    The flaw here is that people equate IQ with magic. You are not going to live a magical life of instant wealth and unicorns if you have an IQ of 145. Things are more likely to get more difficult, as finding people to relate to or even being able to function in a 100 IQ society is impaired the further you are away from the average. How are you going to function properly in a professional setting like that? You aren't. The people with around 120 IQ are the ones at the absolute top when it comes to traditional professional settings, the ones at much higher levels are either nobel prize winners, billionaires, doing menial labor or in mental institutions.

    Without some extreme drive you are going to be doing menial labour or in a mental institution (or on social care) and being Autistic is only going to stack the odds against you even further.

    There's this dude Chris Langan with supposedly 200 IQ. He's living in some rural setting working on his theory of everything. I've read some of his stuff and the guy is either a totally delusional crackpot that let his "smartest man in the world" label completely define him and immunize him to any critical analysis of his own ideas... or he's so far above my level of intelligence that I cannot even comprehend the manner in which he thinks. I'm extremely skeptical of crazy high IQ levels and "famous people IQ" in general, but it would explain why normal people react to me in the same "he's a delusional crackpot" manner.

    It makes no sense, however. 145+ is statistically 0.3% of the population. It's crazy rare, but exactly how intelligent is someone with an IQ that is statistically at the 200 level? Or even 145? Nobody really knows, but what I have seen (and also that is seen from analysis of functioning in society with different IQs) the first 1-2 standard deviations are the most meaningful, and it tapers off rapidly after that. For instance, nobel prize physicists have an IQ range of 122-169. Most of the others have IQ's from 135+ onwards, all the way up to the weird crazy of 175+ range. 122-135 is not that rare, while 175+ is crazy crazy rare, incomprehensibly so. While the ones in the 122-135 range are not "crazy rare" they are clearly crazy intelligent. So the difference between, say an IQ of 125 and 180, might not be that big in the sense of raw intelligence. Homo Erectus had an average intelligence of around 55, yet modern day humans with an IQ of 70 function around the same level as Homo Erectus, while there is a huge difference in functioning for humans within the same small range of 85-100. Statistically speaking a Homo Erectus with an IQ of 70 would be about as rare as a human with an IQ of 125, yet the difference between 55 IQ Homo Erectus and 70 IQ Homo Erectus was probably the difference between good hunter and leader that knew how to effectively co-ordinate a tribe, while the difference between a 100 IQ and 125 IQ modern human can be the difference between a lawyer/college professor and a nobel prize winning physicist.

    So that should be kept in mind, when expecting magical results from magical IQ numbers. Nobody really knows how to measure "raw intelligence". We only measure statistical intelligence, because that's the only thing that can be objectively quantified at the moment.

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    Also the effects from IQ both professionally and health-wise are very big. People with higher IQ's are healthier, wealthier and happier. It is a huge difference, but most of this difference is (probably, according to me) concentrated within the first 2 standard deviations.
     
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  17. Fridgemagnetman

    Fridgemagnetman I only have one V.I.P Member

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    Maris piper or king Edward's?
    Theres a big difference.
     
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    NothingToSeeHere Asexuowl V.I.P Member

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    I am shocked and appalled by your potatoeist attitude. Potatoes cannot be judged by such superficial labels!
     
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    I don't remember! But way too lazy to take such a test now.
     
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    Fridgemagnetman I only have one V.I.P Member

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    I'm not saying potatoes are more intelligent than @xudo just that a king Edwards can go to mush in 5 minutes.

    A Maris Piper can hold it together while being boiled.

    Course, not getting boiled in the first place is optimum for an IQ test.
     
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