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3 Signs That You're A Genius [VIDEO]

Even wonder whether your worst lifestyle habits are secretly signs of your brimming intellectual potential? Well, there just may be hope for you yet, as the above video by IBTimes demonstrates.

Perpetually messy and cluttered? Some research, new and old, has found that messiness can inspire more creative thinking by encouraging us to break from tradition and convention. To say nothing of Big Al Einstein’s own words: “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”

How about burning the midnight oil? A 2013 study at the University of Madrid of 1,000 teenagers found that “late risers” bested their “morning lark” counterparts when it came to traits like inductive reasoning as well as conceptual and analytical thinking. Some evolutionary psychologists have speculated that the night owl tendency may promote intelligence by nudging people to engage in creative activities they wouldn’t do otherwise (presumably not Dominos’ pizza runs at 2 AM though).

Lastly, there’s swearing, a once much-maligned indicator of poor manners and a limited vocabulary. More recent research, including a study published last December, has begun to overturn the latter perception, however. That study found that the more swear words someone could recite, the greater overall language fluency they had. It seems simply knowing more words, however vulgar they may be, makes you better at whatever language you’re using.

Of course, intelligence is a complicated matter, and there’s no need to begin staying up all night to watch uncensored Comedy Central stand-up routines just to boost your IQ points a bit. But for those of you who get plenty of **** from the clean-minded morning people in your life, feel free to show them the above clip.  

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