Do men think they are Albert Einstein?
Everyone knows men are better at reading maps or changing the light
bulb but when it comes to reading between the lines or changing diapers
women top the list. When it comes to gender and intelligence, however
most experts agree there is no real overall difference.
Well, that is INTELIGENCE, the real thing. According to some
scientists there is also a thing called "Perceived Intelligence".
British researcher Adrian Furnham, a professor of psychology at
University College London, says perceived intelligence," means "how
smart people think they are".
After analyzing 30 international studies, he has found that women,
across the world, tend to underplay their intelligence, while men
Prof. Furnham says there certainly is a greater male ego. According
to these studies on average, women underestimate their IQ scores by
about five points while men overestimate their own IQs. Since these
studies were international in scope, the results were essentially the
same whether women were from Argentina, America, Britain, Japan or
There is no dispute, therefore, of the fact that women tend to think
men are smarter than they themselves are. For generations both sexes
have believed their fathers are smarter than their mothers and
grandfathers are more intelligent than their grandmothers.
Finally Prof. Furnham says everything boils down to the fact that
even though men are not more clever or smarter since they think they
are, they are more confident about their abilities.
"These self-beliefs, however, may be highly adaptive. Who gets a job?
A bright woman who doesn't think she's smart, or a not-so-bright man who
believes he's capable of anything?" Elementary Mr. Watason. Confidence
and self belief are more attractive than low-self-esteem and low self
Henry Ford said it best "Whether you believe you can do a thing or
not, you are right." Don't let the men think they are smarter than they