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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
I just took one of those online IQ tests that bombard you from pop-up windows. And the same thing happened tonight that happened when I took the IQ test in kindergarten: I got bored with the more mathy questions and picked answers rather arbitrarily in order to move on.

Predictably, I suppose, I got the same damned score exactly as I did at age 5. At least I'm not any dumber. But I haven't become a genius either, sadly. . . :-(

I know how flawed traditional IQ tests are, so I'm processing the experience with the salt shaker ready for action. Still, the profile generated from my test results fits me pretty accurately:
Your Intellectual Type is Insightful Linguist. This means you are highly intelligent and have the natural fluency of a writer and the visual and spatial strengths of an artist. Those skills contribute to your creative and expressive mind.
Why don't they just say that I'm terrible at math?

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masoo From: masoo Date: July 12th, 2004 06:35 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I had a friend who got a doctorate in psychology. His specialty was psych testing, so part of his graduate education consisted of doing lots of tests on people and then having his work graded by professors.

Robin and I took a variety of these tests, and of course our friend explained them after we were done, which kinda spoils us if we ever have to take them again. One thing my friend's professor told him was that I was dropped on my head when I was little ... his explanation was that I was pretty much retarded in some areas they tested, and pretty much a genius in other areas, and the retarded areas were on exact opposite parts of my brain (if you believe brain mapping, anyway).

But that's not why I'm posting here. One of the tests we took was an IQ test. I've hated IQ tests for as long as I can remember, dating back to when I skipped first grade and somehow became known as the smartest person in my age group in all of Antioch, California. (It couldn't have been true ... Robin and I both know it was Ted Merrill.) Anyway, my friend gave me an IQ test, and then took the results to his professor, who graded down my friend because he had done something wrong when testing me. Seems there was a section that I thought was stupid ... might have been analogies, I can't remember anymore, this was almost 25 years ago, but whatever it was, I didn't like the questions, so I gave silly answers, which my friend dutifully recorded. His professor said if it was clear I was tanking part of the test, the tester should force the issue. He asked my friend if I probably knew the "right" answers, and my friend said yes.

The end result was that my IQ was about 10 points lower than if I'd answered properly in that one section. And for once I thought the IQ test had gotten it right, because I can't think of a better description of my mind at work than to say I'm pretty smart, but I'd be a lot smarter if I didn't sabotage my intelligence on a regular basis.
leela_cat From: leela_cat Date: July 12th, 2004 01:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I hate IQ tests. Just like those personality tests, the questions seem to go on and on and on.

I like your profile.

Maybe saying you're terrible at math wouldn't give a "positive" and supportive enough message.

Or some such rot.
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