What is a subtle sign that someone is really intelligent?

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They can ask really good questions Edit: to anyone not understanding what mean, I’m talking about people who ask “really good questions”, not just any questions, really good ones. I don’t know how one would achieve this skill(I know I haven’t). Edit 2: since this comment is getting a lot of attention I’d like to say, don’t forget to drink your Ovaltine!

milkmanbran

When they explain something they make *you* feel intelligent.

gwoshmi

Explaining something complex is simple terms. Knowledge is so vast that they can talk about in the easiest way for someone else to understand.

FoeDogX

People who use analogies to explain concepts to others. It’s a form of code-switching and integrating concepts on the fly is a clear indicator someone is both socially and conceptually intelligent. Edit: As many have pointed out, not all analogies are helpful or make sense to others. So a useful analogy that creates an “ah-ha!” moment for someone is a wonderful thing. An analogy is an association; a mental process of connecting an idea or thing to a relatable image for someone who can then “see” and digest the initial representation. Not using analogies doesn’t mean someone can’t be intelligent. And “Social Intelligence” doesn’t mean social ease and charisma, it means an awareness that one”s own understanding and experience often has to be translated in ways that others can relate to.

SwimmerAutomatic2488

They can genuinely consider an idea which opposes their worldview without necessarily accepting it.

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