Everyone Is Smart, You Might Just Be Different From Those Around You

Everyone Is Smart, You Might Just Be Different From Those Around You

If you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
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This is it. You're sitting in class but maybe you're unable to concentrate, your teacher is speaking but you're not really paying attention or you're unable to really grasp what they are saying. Is it your fault?

Maybe it's a math test being handed back and you find lots of marks on yours but look over at your friends and you see virtually none. You look over at them and go " Wow, you're really smart!" Does this mean your not smart? No.

In school, this is a common occurrence among students and their peers, even as early as elementary school. We define our intelligence and self-worth by the grades we see on our test, how we study or how high our GPA is on a scale (whether that's a 4.0 or higher). But did you know these aren't the only ways to test intelligence?

In Psychology, an outdated version of intelligence is related to the "g-factor" described by Psychologist Charles Spearman. His theory suggests that the "g-factor," or general intelligence, is the existence of a broad mental capacity that influences performance on cognitive ability measures.

Did you know that there are other ways to distinguish intelligence besides the grade you make on a test?

One such intelligence is the Logical-Mathematical Intelligence. This is when a person has the ability to calculate and carry out mathematical operations, as well as mull over hypotheses and propositions (in other words, not me).

They are able to work with numbers and solve equations easily. Math is definitely not a hard subject for them and they might be the type to, later on, become detectives, scientists, and mathematicians.

Then there is the Linguistic Intelligence. This one involves thinking in words and using those words to make themselves understood. People with this type of intelligence are usually public speakers, novelists, journalists, and poets.

They can speak in a way that allows them to appoint complex meanings and express these through the use of language. Young adults with this kind of intelligence enjoy writing, reading, telling stories, or doing crossword puzzles.

And then there's the Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence. These people typically are involved in some type of physical aspect. People with bodily-kinesthetic intelligence have an almost perfect sense of timing, and their mind-body coordination is nearly faultless.

They are often dancers, surgeons, athletes, or craftsman and usually are well coordinated.

These are just three of the ways, other than grades or how well you do on a test, that can measure intelligence. For the full list, click here.

We’ve all heard the quote attributed to Albert Einstein that claims, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

So remember the next time you're sitting by someone who has got a high grade on their math test or English paper and you didn't, that it's not that you aren't smart enough but that just maybe you don't have the same type of intellect that they do.

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To The Person Who Feels Suicidal But Doesn't Want To Die

Suicidal thoughts are not black and white.
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Everyone assumes that if you have suicidal thoughts that means you want to die.

From an outside perspective, suicidal thoughts are rarely looked into deeper than the surface level. Either you have suicidal thoughts and you want to die, or you don't have suicidal thoughts and you want to live. What most people don't understand is that people live in between those two statements, I for one am one of them.

I've had suicidal thoughts since I was a kid.

My first recollection of it was when I came home after school one day and got in trouble, and while I was just sitting in the dining room I kept thinking, “I wonder what it would be like to take a knife from the kitchen and just shove it into my stomach." I didn't want to die, or even hurt myself for that matter. But those thoughts haven't stopped since.

I've thought about going into the bathroom and taking every single pill I could find and just drifting to sleep and never waking back up, I've thought about hurting myself to take the pain away, just a few days ago on my way to work I thought about driving my car straight into a tree. But I didn't. Why? Because even though that urge was so strong, I didn't want to die. I still don't, I don't want my life to end.

I don't think I've ever told anyone about these feelings. I don't want others to worry because the first thing anyone thinks when you tell them you have thoughts about hurting or killing yourself is that you're absolutely going to do it and they begin to panic. Yes, I have suicidal thoughts, but I don't want to die.

It's a confusing feeling, it's a scary feeling.

When the depression takes over you feel like you aren't in control. It's like you're drowning.

Every bad memory, every single thing that hurt you, every bad thing you've ever done comes back and grabs you by the ankle and drags you back under the water just as you're about the reach the surface. It's suffocating and not being able to do anything about it.

The hardest part is you never know when these thoughts are going to come. Some days you're just so happy and can't believe how good your life is, and the very next day you could be alone in a dark room unable to see because of the tears welling up in your eyes and thinking you'd be better off dead.

You feel alone, you feel like a burden to everyone around you, you feel like the world would be better off without you. I wish it was something I could just turn off but I can't, no matter how hard I try.

These feelings come in waves.

It feels like you're swimming and the sun is shining and you're having a great time until a wave comes and sucks you under into the darkness of the water. No matter how hard you try to reach the surface again a new wave comes and hits you back under again, and again, and again.

And then it just stops.

But you never know when the next wave is going to come. You never know when you're going to be sucked back under.

I always wondered if I was the only one like this.

It didn't make any sense to me, how did I think about suicide so often but not want to die? But I was thinking about it in black and white, I thought I wasn't allowed to have those feelings since I wasn't going to act on them. But then I read articles much like this one and I realized I'm not the only one. Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, and my feelings are valid.

To everyone who feels this way, you aren't alone.

I thought I was for the longest time, I thought I was the only one who felt this way and I didn't understand how I could feel this way. But please, I implore you to talk to someone, anyone, about the way you're feeling, whether it be a family member, significant other, a friend, a therapist.

My biggest mistake all these years was never telling anyone how I feel in fear that they would either brush me off because “who could be suicidal but not want to die?" or panic and try to commit me to a hospital or something. Writing this article has been the greatest feeling of relief I've felt in a long time, talking about it helps. I know it's scary to tell people how you're feeling, but you're not alone and you don't have to go through this alone.

Suicidal thoughts aren't black and white, your feelings are valid, and there are people here for you. You are not alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255


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Who else knows fashion, beauty, style, or looks better than other females themselves?

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Men are ya know, "great." We love 'em (somedays). Some girls cry over men, run their lives around men, and make life choices because of men.

But, why should we try to impress men? Men don't understand the time it takes to "beat our face" with makeup. Men don't understand the soreness our arms experienced to get these perfect curls. Some men don't understand how excited we are to score big in the Urban Outfitters clearance section.

Some ladies live by "beauty is pain." But sorry guys, they are not here to impress you.

Why would some ladies spend all the time, effort, and money for men, when some men can't distinguish mascara from lipgloss.

Women are trying to impress other women.

You ever get a compliment from a fellow female and they're like, "Girl, yes girl. The outfit, the hair, YES." Ladies understand and appreciate our efforts.

Do you think what ladies post on social media is to get men pouring in their DMs? No.

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