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      Question Does a high IQ affect lucidity / dreaming?

      I recently found out that my IQ is 155 (and yes, a real test, not an online one). I was wondering if a high IQ would mess with dreaming and lucidity.

      To describe some of the things a high IQ does to me:
      -- I think very, very fast.
      -- I think about everything 'deeper' than most people, making useless things be linked to philosophical meanings, etc.
      -- I sometimes stare off into space, drowning out anything I hear or see with my thoughts.
      -- I have very good visualizing skills.

      A high IQ does NOT mean that I am smarter than anyone, nor that I can utilize my knowledge BETTER than anyone. It just means I happen to think faster.

      In regards to dreaming: I find that my fast thought process makes it harder for me to fall asleep, and sometimes I can't control where it's going (as in trying to think about History before a test, but it just doesn't work). Also, in my (very few) lucids, I've thought out some of my moves before I do them, to avoid getting scared / losing lucidity.

      But in a medical / whatever sense, what effects do you think high IQ would have on lucidity / dreaming? ^^
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      A good news, you have easier to learn thing than a normal person then, if you didn't know it.
      There is no effect on the dreaming just because you got high IQ

      There should be a thread somewhere about IQ and recall, just couldn't find it.

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      155? you're higher than me

      IQ is mostly logic and memory. The logical part of the brain and the memory is turned off during non-lucid sleep so getting lucidity probably wouldn't help that much, but once you're lucid they should be better.

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      Aren't IQ tests losing effectiveness as a tool? I know there's much debate over them.

      Regardless, to score high I'm sure you're intelligent, but I don't think it would have any major effects on Lucid Dreaming.

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      Haha! one point higher then you! Mines 156, and I know that trying to fall asleep is hard, especially when you try to focus on one thing. I think it helps me because I can visuallize better, and I have vivider dreams, making it easier to notice things that are off.
      Bollocks.

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      @ Delphinus: That would make sense. I would think my lucids would be a lot more vivid, but they feel like normal dreams most of the time (which makes me feel like I'm not really LD-ing). Maybe everyone else is right; that the IQ doesn't have a very big effect on dreaming at all.

      In regard to memory: maybe it would make dream recall better? That is, untrained.
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      Ability to Concentrate is VERY important. But come on; intelligence helps; visualization... just learn to meditate or calm yourself and going into trance when falling asleep. If your intelligent you'll want to keep finding new angles on lucid dreaming; so check out astraldynamics.com and look into what robert bruce has to offer.

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      Food for Thought

      Wouldn't a high IQ, in theory, hepl? Its like, being an artist would help being an arcitect, at least it won't hurt!

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      Wow... an IQ of 155. You must be damn smart!

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      I never took a test to check my IQ, but I think much before falling a sleep, and thats the main reason it takes me so long. I have nights, when I start making plans and whatever and stay awake for 2-3 hours just thinking about shit. And probably High IQ is not a big deal, I guess that I can some good score if I try it, too - it looks so freaking easy..
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      What's the highest possible IQ.. 160?

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      Quote Originally Posted by Wikipedia.org
      Originally, IQ was calculated as a ratio with the formula 100 x (mental age / chronological age).
      A 10-year-old who scored as high as the average 13-year-old, for example, would have an IQ of 130 (100 13/10).
      I'm not sure what the highest IQ calculated was. Wikipedia probably has more info.

      Even with a high IQ, it's really what you make of it that makes you smart. XD I find that I have problems remembering things because of it...which makes it very hard to learn things sometimes, especially in history.

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      Quote Originally Posted by TalkingHead View Post
      What's the highest possible IQ.. 160?
      If it was, people like me and hyperangel would be very rare. I am not sure, but i know it goes higher then 200
      Bollocks.

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      200 would be like a 10-year-old that is as smart as a 20-year-old (both educationally and mature-ly [?] ).

      Right now I'm 16, so according to calculations: (155
      1.55 = ma/aa (ma is mental age, aa is actual age)
      1.55 = ma/16
      24.8 = mental age

      Apparently, I think like a 25-year-old. That's all IQ is.

      About the range: Here's a handy picture from Wikipedia.
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      Most of the population is centered around the middle of the "bell curve", between 85 and 115. The percentage on the y-axis of the graph is %population with that IQ. (As you can see, 155 doesn't even show up...and 200 is probably 1 person in the entire world. XD)
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      Quote Originally Posted by hyperangel13 View Post
      200 would be like a 10-year-old that is as smart as a 20-year-old (both educationally and mature-ly [?] ).

      Right now I'm 16, so according to calculations: (155
      1.55 = ma/aa (ma is mental age, aa is actual age)
      1.55 = ma/16
      24.8 = mental age

      Apparently, I think like a 25-year-old. That's all IQ is.

      About the range: Here's a handy picture from Wikipedia.
      (Click here)
      Most of the population is centered around the middle of the "bell curve", between 85 and 115. The percentage on the y-axis of the graph is %population with that IQ. (As you can see, 155 doesn't even show up...and 200 is probably 1 person in the entire world. XD)
      This curve is so not real.. It cant be that pefect and simple.. And the peak cant be at eaxctly 100 and the lowest point 45 before 100 and the highest 45 after 100. This is so made-up!
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      Of course, it's not absolutely perfect. However, that was the way the IQ test was designed - most of the population centered around (mental age = actual age), and decreasing.

      I've taken AP Statistics and it makes enough sense to me. I believe it.

      This is what Wikipedia had to say:

      Quote Originally Posted by Wikipedia.org
      IQ tests give approximately this Gaussian distribution across a large population. This plot is artificially generated and does NOT represent any experimental data. It does not reflect narrower spread of women's vs men's IQ, nor does it reflect a bias to low scores due to disability or injury.
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      I do beleive people with higher IQ are more prone to LDing. Most stupid people don't really know dreams exist let alone consider LDing so it makes sense. The average bloke would like think about their dreams once a month or less! I haven't had a recent IQ test but about seven years ago or something ungodly like that it came out as 137, and I was already having some (but very infrequent) lucid dreams.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Idolfan
      I do beleive people with higher IQ are more prone to LDing. Most stupid people don't really know dreams exist let alone consider LDing so it makes sense. The average bloke would like think about their dreams once a month or less!
      I don't think that really makes sense with what we've been discussing. Higher IQ doesn't necessarily mean you're smarter, or just prone to lucid dreams - if it did, I wouldn't be here!

      I don't agree that "stupid people" or "average blokes" don't think / know about dreams. Most of my friends have average IQs and though I haven't told them about my lucids, they do have dreams and they think about them as often as any high IQ person would.

      Also, just look at a lot of "average" people on this site that have great recall and great lucid ability - and then look at me, who's only had about 5 lucids in her life. I don't think IQ affects recall or lucid ability like that at all.

      >>; No offense, of course.
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      I think a higher IQ might help with recognizing the dream state. Our logic centers are allegedly turned off in non-lucid dreams, but it takes that logic to recognize dream signs for what they are, and induce DILDs that way. I would say someone with a higher IQ would have an easier time with that method than someone without.

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      Quote Originally Posted by TempleGuard View Post
      This curve is so not real.. It cant be that pefect and simple.. And the peak cant be at eaxctly 100 and the lowest point 45 before 100 and the highest 45 after 100. This is so made-up!
      Believe it.

      Some time ago it was discovered that most population parameters could be represented visually as a "bell curve," known more formally as a normal distribution. Height, weight, intelligence, socioeconomic status, all of these approximate a normal distribution, meaning:
      • The majority of people are clustered around the mean (average height, average weight, middle-class, etc.)
      • The farther you move from the mean in either direction, the less people there will be (tall people, fat people, rich people)
      • Very few people fit into the extreme tails of the distribution (people over 7ft, morbidly obese people, billionaires)
      Regarding IQ scores specifically. IQ tests are purposely designed and calibrated so that the average IQ score is 100, a completely arbitrary number chosen simply to represent the mean. The tests have even been recalibrated a few times over the years because psychometricians noticed that the average score was starting to edge over 100 - so they made the test more demanding in order to bring the average score back to 100. (See "the Flynn effect" for more info.)

      After analyzing millions of IQ scores, psychometricians have found the standard deviation of the scores to be 15, and this is where the other numbers come from. Statistically speaking, about 68% of all scores for a normally distributed parameter (such as IQ score) will fall within 1 standard deviation of the mean (i.e. between 85 and 115), about 95% will fall within 2 standard deviations of the mean (i.e. between 70 and 130), and about 99.7% of all scores will fall within 3 standard deviations of the mean (i.e. between 55 and 145). This means that a score lower than 55 or or higher than 145 (such as hyperangel's) is entirely possible but extremely rare. In fact, only about 0.0126% or 1 out of 7930 people have an IQ score of 155 or higher.

      In short, these are not made up numbers at all. They come from purposeful calibration and analysis of millions of IQ scores.

      As far as the link between IQ and lucid dreaming - I, for one, am skeptical of such a link, although I suppose it's possible.
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      I would imagine it would give you a more vivid picture if you have really good visualization.
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      Quote Originally Posted by DuB View Post
      The tests have even been recalibrated a few times over the years because psychometricians noticed that the average score was starting to edge over 100 - so they made the test more demanding in order to bring the average score back to 100.
      Oh great, I wonder what the IQ of the bloke who came up with that was? Keep it around 100 and make people feel dumber than the actually are. I beleive it, I just think it's stupid. Imagine in the future the freaking government could rig it. If it stays at 100 all the time we won't know if we're any smarter or dumber than in the first place, it seems people underestimate the importance of such things.

      Anyway, I literally did think IQ did signify intellegence but how is that defined? You're all right because there's all sorts like creativity, orgonisation ability and lets not forget the actual speed of your mind. I mean look at me I often get really good marks but it can take me twice as long as everyone else in the class to get work done so people sometimes think I'm dull. What does IQ actually measure? Or did anyone actually tell us in the first place?

      In which case maybe level of creativity and things like that may also influence lucid dreams. Hey, it might even turn out that the worlds greatest artists have really dull dreams cos it's a different side of their brain that's functioning at the time. Interesting stuff.

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      Quote Originally Posted by hyperangel13 View Post
      A high IQ does NOT mean that I am smarter than anyone, nor that I can utilize my knowledge BETTER than anyone. It just means I happen to think faster.
      IQ stands for "intelligence quotient". It is about memory and reasoning, not merely thought speed. Some IQ tests involve timed sections, but on those, time is just one variable considered. On others, time has nothing to do with anything.

      Your IQ probably has very little to do with ability to become lucid. That is a matter of determination and attention. However, your intelligence is probably what made you interested in lucid dreaming. You like using and exploring your mind.

      You described your thoughts as rapid and out of touch with your surroundings. I am that way too. That can be a disadvantage if you have trouble staying with a thought. My mind is all over the place all the time, and I am in co-pilot all day every day, but I can get very zeroed in on a thought I think is really interesting. To be lucid, you have to be on the look out for your mental activity to be dream like. Once you become lucid, you have to hold on to the thought that you are lucid. That is all that matters.

      My best recommendations for being a lucid dreamer are keeping up with your dreams and having a very reliable dream sign. It is great to keep a dream journal, but if you don't want to do that, just think about your dreams on a regular basis. At some point every day, ideally a few times, try to recall past dreams. Make it your goal to come up with as many as you can in a month. That will help you prepare to recognize your dreamscapes when you see them. On top of that, have a dream sign that you think about a lot during the day and that you know for a fact that if you ever actually see it, you are definitely dreaming. My number one dream sign is floating. I will try to float off the ground several times a day. The more times, the more effective the strategy. When I finally do see myself floating into the air, it means I am dreaming.

      When you reach lucidity, stay calm. Getting too excited will wake you up. Just ride it. The harder you try to control the dream, the less vivid the dream will be. You should practice nearly effortless dream control. My best lucids happen when I am not trying to control anything. I just watch what happens. Sometimes I will make a decision to go to a desired dreamscape and then just watch the show once I get there.
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      Quote Originally Posted by hyperangel13 View Post
      200 would be like a 10-year-old that is as smart as a 20-year-old (both educationally and mature-ly [?] ).
      I have the mind of a dirty old man, so that must make me some kind of genius!

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      This is probably a dumb question but where can you take a REAL i.q test? Whenever I look on google I get the usual online test bullshit.

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