By Willem Kuipers – From a section of his book “Enjoying the Gift of Being Uncommon.”
One of the greatest obstacles to the recognition of extra intelligent people is the mysterious qualities and extreme rarity that many people (including parents) associate with “uncommon intelligence.”
Often it is either a kind of child-prodigy–assumption, like Mozart, or a comparison with other long-gone icons like Einstein and Madame Curie.
The people that technically can live up to those expectations are indeed very, very rare.
Perhaps 0.00003% of the population, 1 in 3.5 million, like the customary statistical benchmark for somebody who is officially called “profoundly gifted.”
But the group we want to discuss amounts to something like 2% of the population, that is, 1 in 50.
Perhaps it amounts even up to 5% of the population, that is 1 in 20, if one would take the entire variety of multiple intelligences into account.
Still rare – when considered within the specific domain of intelligence involved – but more common than most people are used expecting.
However, the higher the degree of Xi [extra intelligence], the better the characteristics of Xi will be recognizable.
All this means that many people will actually know one or more persons who are an XIP [eXtra Intelligent or Intense Person], without them being famous, notorious, or even conspicuous.
However, often they are not recognized as XIPs. They lack these assumed mysterious “Einstein qualities,” like the majority of XIPs. …
In every million people, one may expect at the least 20,000 XIPs.
They may work for all kinds of organizations, they may be volunteers, or even without a regular job.
They may be TV-presenters, writers, all kinds of competent artisans, civil servants or entrepreneurs, politicians, sports people, marketers, architects, scientists, secretaries, or even janitors.
Their performance may be excellent, average, or far below average. XIPs may or may not be high achievers.
Continued in Superhuman or Extra Intelligent?
Willem Kuipers is author of the book Enjoying the Gift of Being Uncommon: Extra Intelligent, Intense, and Effective.
Article publié pour la première fois le 16/07/2015