Do you hang around people who are smarter, dumber or about the same intellegence as you?

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Do you hang around people who are smarter, dumber or about the same intellegence as you?

Bignuf Bignuf
I have noticed some people seek out friends who are about the same as them...mostly, in the brains (and thus, usually) the behavior department. However, a select few hang with those smarter then themselves (maybe to learn or feel better about how smart they think they are???) and another group hangs with folks far "dumber" then they are, so then can appear to be a "mental giant".

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07/19/2012
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Michele Michele
It doesn't matter as long as they don't try to act like they are better/smarter than everyone else. I also dislike when people try to make themselves look smarter when they really aren't.
07/19/2012
laflauta laflauta
My friends are usually about the same in intelligence. Of course we're all smart in different ways, but there's a general level of intelligence that makes it easier to communicate. I find it much harder to build a connection with someone who is significantly "smarter" or "dumber" because it just gets more difficult for us to really understand each other.
07/20/2012
thisisadeletedaccount thisisadeletedaccount
Around the same, I'd say. I go to a small, private liberal arts college, and apparently about a quarter of the people in my year were their high school valedictorians, so pretty much everyone on my campus is at least intelligent in the able-to-take-tests-wel l sort of way.
07/20/2012
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Same and higher ... we tend to have the same values and interests, so there's never any need to dumb-down or put up with someone who rattles on about nothing. Although I think it mostly has to do with articulation rather than IQ - there are different types of intelligences, after all.
07/20/2012
Bignuf Bignuf
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Originally posted by Michele
It doesn't matter as long as they don't try to act like they are better/smarter than everyone else. I also dislike when people try to make themselves look smarter when they really aren't.
That is pretty common too.
07/20/2012
Bignuf Bignuf
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Originally posted by Chilipepper
Same and higher ... we tend to have the same values and interests, so there's never any need to dumb-down or put up with someone who rattles on about nothing. Although I think it mostly has to do with articulation rather than IQ - there are ...
Very true. You sound like a well educated person yourself!
07/20/2012
Bignuf Bignuf
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Originally posted by laflauta
My friends are usually about the same in intelligence. Of course we're all smart in different ways, but there's a general level of intelligence that makes it easier to communicate. I find it much harder to build a connection with someone ...
Very good points.
07/20/2012
Roz W Roz W
I don't so much rank people by intelligence. But I do care about people who are able to hold an interesting conversation and aren't too judgey, so in some ways I think that's "emotional intelligence." And I do sometimes seek out people who are more emotionally intelligent than me, who are older than me or more life-experienced but not condescending about it. This allows me to learn, but it's also way more chill.

Academic achievement doesn't matter much, in terms of how intelligent or interesting someone is. I do try to be around people who feel the same way.
07/20/2012
Bignuf Bignuf
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Originally posted by thisisadeletedaccount
Around the same, I'd say. I go to a small, private liberal arts college, and apparently about a quarter of the people in my year were their high school valedictorians, so pretty much everyone on my campus is at least intelligent in the ...
My favorite statement that a professor made in a prestigious US Medical school, to the incoming class, on their first day;

"Most of you were valedictorian or graduated Summa, Magnum or at least with honors. Fine. Now look to your right and look to your left...because in THIS room, by the end of the year, SOMEONE HERE is going to be at the BOTTOM of the class"!!!!
07/20/2012
G&L G&L
I teach all levels of high school during the day, so when I'm not at work, I really just want to talk to intelligent, fairly mature people.
07/20/2012
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