The Intelligence Matrix and People Who Don't Know Where They Fit
Where do you fall on the smart scale?
I don’t know who the smartest person on earth is, but I know there is only one. Only one of us can be the dumbest person on earth and I don’t know who that person is either. Suffice it to say that the rest of us fit somewhere between the smartest and the dumbest people on earth. After spending a short bit of time with someone, I think most of us can assess where on the “smart scale” that individual would fall.
Each of us also harbors our own perception of where we fall on the smart scale. Most, but not all, smart people have a pretty good idea that they are smart, and while they may not be likely to admit it, I suspect that most but not all of those who aren’t the sharpest tacks probably know that, too.
Thus, I have come to realize there are four types of people. Imagine a square. Label the left side of the square with a scale from zero at the bottom to 10 at the top, denoting “actual intelligence.” Label the bottom of the square with a like scale—zero at the left, 10 at the right—denoting “perceived intelligence”—defining one’s perception of their own level of acumen. Now, divide the square into four quadrants. I contend that everyone with whom I interact can be defined by one of them.