STUFF TO DO WITH THE MIND AND THE PYSCHE
What Is IQ And How Is It Worked Out
Most people know that IQ is a measure of how clever a person is, but what is it exactly, and how is it calculated?
It all started with a french psychologist named Alfred Binet in 1905. He was working with retarded children and devised a test with his associate Theodore Simon to measure the mental age of children, as opposed to their chronological age. Then in 1912, the german psychologist William Stern devised a ratio of mental age to chronological age. He found that this ratio remained constant as children grew into adults.
This ratio was called the "Intelligence Quotient" or IQ and is equal to:
100 x (mental age/Chronological Age).
So if you are 40 years old, but have the intelligence of an average 34 year old, your IQ is :
100 x 34/40 = 85. This is a low IQ. An IQ of 100 is normal or average for the whole population, and higher IQs mean that the person is advanced for their age mentally.
The tests that are done to determine your IQ are specially designed to test all areas of your brain: calculations, pattern recognition, series progression, logic, verbal skils, common sense, etc. The results are then compared to the population norm, and an IQ figure is determined. There are a number of different tests in use, some timed and some untimed.
IQ's can be as high as 200 in adults, with some children scoring up to 250. But most people fall into the IQ range of 90 to 110. In fact, around 80% of the population fall into the 80 - 120 range.
Some high IQ individuals were: Thomas Jefferson: about 155 Albert Einstein 170 and Isaac Newton 200
There are many societies for people with high IQs. Mensa requires an IQ of 132 or more, TOPS (Top one Percent Society) requires an IQ of 137 or more, 150 gets you into the triple nine society and into OATH (One in a thousand) and if you are above 163 you can join the Prometheus Society. There are also a few people that have managed to join the Mega and Pi Societies, with an IQ of higher than 176.
IQ test results have been found to give a remarkably good indication of an individuals abilities and future prospects, and has been useful in predicting how a person will perform in a complex job. Most professors have an IQ of 130, which puts them in the top 3% of the population, for mental ability.
Although IQ test results are not infallible, they are a useful indicator of one's abilities, and the ratio normally stays constant throughout one's life.
You're not as poor as you think.
Most people that have to juggle their budget to make the ends meet, think they are a bit "poor." After all, they can't just go out to dinner when they feel like it. They have to plan and set something aside.
But they are a lot richer than they think they are. In fact, they are in the top 10% of the world population as far as wealth goes.
Here is a true story: A western man was travelling by train in India, and it stopped at a railway station in one of the larger Indian cities. Crowds of people were getting on and off the train, and as he waited, the man got hungry. He had some bananas with him, so he got one out and ate it as he watched the people going back and forth. He noticed a lot of scruffy looking street kids begging amongst the crowds.
When he had eaten his banana, and not having too much respect for the dirty station, he tossed his banana peel out the carriage window. Immediately the street kids pounced on his banana peel. Sharing it amongst themselves, they carefully ate the inside of the peel, leaving only the thin, yellow outer peel.
The experience changed this man. He realised how fortunate he was to have food, any food at all. So many people do not have any food whatsoever for days. And if they do not have food, it follows that they will have even less possessions.
The admonition to "count our blessings" has not survived the centuries for nothing. It's said over and over again because we forget so quickly. We get confused between needs and wants. We want to be pampered and comfortable. When we think of that new DVD recorder or cellphone, we make a point of shutting out the images of starving people.In fact, we have to in order to keep our sanity.
What we need to do, is to firstly be happy with what we've got. Then when we do think of all the starving and destitute people in the world, we need to do something that is within our financial abilities, to help these people. One easy thing that springs to mind is to never waste food. The next thing we can do is contribute money, to charities that we trust, that help these people. Even if it's only a dollar that we give. If the whole of the USA each gave one dollar, there would probably be enough to buy food to feed half of India's starving people for a month. Not steaks and hamburgers, but simple foodstuffs to keep them alive and give them strength to find work. After all, a flood is just a whole lot of little raindrops all doing their bit!
So if you live in a trailer, and haven't bought a new pair of jeans the last two years, just imagine: if your trailer was parked in parts of India or Africa, you would be the richest person in that whole community! They would immediately elect you mayor, because of your obvious wealth and importance, not least because of that amazing, opulent trailer that you live in, while all the rest of the people live in mud huts, if they are lucky enough to have any dwelling at all.
Indeed, you are not as poor as you think.
Why Do You Never Succeed
You read all the stories of people who have succeeded, who are happy in their work and making megabucks at the same time, and you wonder, why am I not able to succeed like that?
Well let me tell you right up front, that this article is not an answer to this question, but to show you that the question itself is pretty invalid.
In a long distance race at the olympics, how many winners are there? One. Three if you count all the podium finishers. How many losers are there? Probably about 100 or so. So who is in the majority here? The losers, right?
So a much more valid question is the one you ask when you succeed: Why have I succeeded? After all, the odds are stacked against success ever happening. Out of the earths population of 8 billion or so, maybe half a percent are successful, meaning you have probably got a 1 in 200 chance of being successful.
So if you fail over and over again, don't get too down on yourself. You're not inferior or stupid or unlucky or anything else. It's just how things are. But don't give up and don't think of yourself as a failure, because you're not. You're just a success waiting to happen. I think God decides when people succeed and when they don't, and He knows how to time it just right. Even if we work our tails off and pour finance into our venture, success is still not guaranteed. We hear of the success stories, which although great in number, pale into insignificance when placed beside the billions of untold stories of failure. Almost everyone has tried at some point to improve their lot in life, but few get it spectacularly right. Many don't get it right at all.
Even when we fail miserably, there are still things that we gain. We gain humility. We realise the worth of the friend who sympathises with us in our misery, the friend who is a treasure that money cannot buy. We grow in character. We become less judgemental of other people who have failed. We listen more and talk less. We become gentler and kinder and are able to empathise with all those millions of others who are in the same boat as us.
The big thing is to try. Tis better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all.
So here's to all us triers, successes waiting to happen! In my opinion, if you're alive, you're a success already!