Learn all about IQ compatibility and why intellectual compatibility matters for finding truly compatible relationships.
Psychometric compatibility has been shown to be a key factor within successful relationships. Not only are people of similar intelligence more likely to meet in educational and workplace settings but it is also much more likely that they will share similar interests. As part of their work on the importance of compatible IQ, Dr. Brian Boutwell and his colleagues note that there is an established body of scientific evidence concerning the similarity of mating partners on measures of intelligence.
Your IQ level may determine the IQ range of compatible friends and partners
What is IQ?
Derived from the German phrase Intelligenz-Quotien and dating back over a century, the term “IQ” was coined by psychologist William Stern. IQ represents a standardized measure of human intelligence based on the score obtained from appropriate psychometric tests.
Multiple IQ tests exist which are used to assess IQ range and IQ level. It is widely acknowledged that an IQ test score of around 100 indicates average intelligence, whereas a score above 140 indicates a high level of intelligence.
Current IQ tests typically have standard scores such that the mean score is 100 with each standard deviation from the mean counting for 15 IQ points (image source: Wikipedia)
A useful definition of IQ and the thinking behind it is provided by the High IQ Society, Mensa who state that:
IQ is a type of standard score that indicates how far above, or how far below, his/her peer group an individual stands in mental ability. The peer group score is an IQ of 100; this is obtained by applying the same test to huge numbers of people from all socio-economic strata of society, and taking the average.
You can learn more about the nature of IQ and the pioneers behind its development here.
It is not that I’m so smart. But I stay with the questions much longer.” —Albert Einstein
Notable IQ tests
Among the most well-known IQ tests you are likely to come across are the:
Types of intelligence
It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.” —Fyodor Dostoyevsky
A typical free IQ test equates general intelligence with mental ability, however, it’s important to point out that there is more than one type of intelligence; because when it comes to cultivating positive, happy and rewarding relationships, compatibility across multiple intelligences is highly recommended.
The notion that intelligence is multifaceted owes much to the pioneering work of Howard Gardner. Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, Gardner is renowned for his groundbreaking theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI); which he developed in the late 1970s and early 1980s and first published details of in his trailblazing book ‘Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences’ in 1983.
Gardner’s contention that as human beings we have several relatively discrete types of intelligence at our disposal revolutionized our psychological understanding of intellect; which prior to MI theory was driven by the assumption that a single intelligence exists which can be measured by standard IQ tests and other related methods of intellectual assessment.
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