5 Counterintuitive Ways to Improve Your Intelligence

Most of the conventional wisdom about intelligence is wrong.

We’ve Been Led to Believe a Few Things

  • Fixed mindset — Carol Dweck in her book Mindset, talks about the difference between fixed and growth mindsets. We’re raised to believe in the power of fixed abilities when in reality intelligence is malleable.
  • Testing works — we grow up in a society where good grades are supposed to be a metric for future success. We stress kids — who should be learning for the sake of learning — with standardized testing because it’s supposedly useful.
  • Titles matter — certain careers are labeled the “smart” careers. Non-white collar work is seen as a “trade” and is associated with lower intelligence.

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