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DateLine Sunday, 17 February 2008

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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 overstate it.

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 Zimbabwe.

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 confidence.

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 really are.

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