if you want to Be Successful, it’s time to start sharpening up your Personality rather than worrying about your intelligence.
In recent, ironic years, the growing collective of awareness spearheaded in no small part by the abyssal access to information provided by the internet has had a few things to say about that. Namely, people can be very clever in a multitude of different ways and the IQ test really only looks at one of those to the active exclusion of all others. Be that as it may, a new analysis published to the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences feels that in this society, your brain’s potential is destined to be a silver medal to the personality rattling its chains.
Whatever your IQ is means very little in the grand scheme of your financial and academic successes. Instead, the researchers found that when personality tests were mixed up with test scores, this gave a much, much more accurate picture of so-called ‘life outcomes’ like income, existential satisfaction, and even one’s BMI.
Test scores tend to say more about personality than intellect, the researchers contended, and that is what translates into positive professional outcomes. The thinking goes that if you do well on a test, it’s not just raw brainpower that got you there, but your ability to plan. Think about the process entailed in landing a job interview and converting said interview into a job: You need what they call “non-cognitive skills,” like the initiative of applying, the crafting of a cover letter that gets you there, actually getting there on time and ready to go, and the greasing of the wheels that ensues.
This is good news for the most part, write the researchers: “Personality or non-cognitive skills are more malleable at later ages than IQ, and there are effective adolescent interventions that promote personality but are much less successful in boosting IQ.”