Saturday, 3 April 2010

Who me a genius?

Your IQ Is 130

  • Your Logical Intelligence is Above Average
  • Your Verbal Intelligence is Genius
  • Your Mathematical Intelligence is Genius
  • Your General Knowledge is Genius

Which, according to this chart is "Very superior" intelligence seen only in the top 2.2 percent of the population. Probably just means smartarse, but another point would make me a candidate for Mensa. (Not that I'd bother.)

The interesting thing is, I've taken this test before - and I said it was on a bad day (probably foggy) - where I *only* got a score of 120. I knew I was capable of more and, indeed, managed a score of 135 in a more comprehensive IQ test in the past (while I was still in possession of my mental faculties.)

And even yesterday was not a particularly good day. Mentally, I fairly lucid, but I took the test while lying down to rest after a physically exhausting event.

Such tests could provide a visible indication of the ups and downs of the effects of fibromyalgia - at least where they relate to cognitive abilities.

Only the other day, I'd taken the cognitive test at MyTherapy and found it supremely difficult and overwhelming to the point it gave me a headache.

It was actually more indicative of the way my brain is affected in everyday things. Whereas, before fibro, I could and did stretch my brain just for fun and it would respond by increasing it's abilities, once I'd done the first couple of exercises in that cognitive test my brain just halted like a derailed train.

There's no point pushing it, because it simply won't go once capacity is exceeded. When asked to think of as many words as I could beginning with the letter "F", I was pretty much stuck on the one word with four letters.

Overall, the test rated my verbal intelligence as deficient and my thinking slow.

Years ago, I'd do the vocabulary tests in Readers Digest and always come out in the top band. Nowadays, I play at Free Rice and you'd think I didn't speak much English at all from the number of words I get wrong.

(Conversely, they need to add some more French, German, Italian and Spanish words, because I know all of those. And I don't even speak Italian!)

The truth is my thinking speed has been seriously affected. I can write things down - hence blog posts - whereas I can actually hear how stupid I am now when speaking. If pressured, I cannot think of simple words nor express myself.

I find phone conversations particularly challenging now and avoid them as much as I can. In times past, I had phones superglued to both ears!

Some years ago, I used to be able to simultaneously translate Spanish newsreaders who speak at about 200 words per minute - well, the gist, even if not verbatim. Now I can only just about hold a sentence of Spanish in my head long enough to translate it while writing it down and, even that's difficult.

Maybe without fibromyalgia and with a bit more application (which I have neither the physical nor mental energy for) I could have been a genius?

As Mark Twain so aptly said:

Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.

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