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Messy, always late and swear like a sailor? It just means you’re super smart | Arwa Mahdawi

Recent studies suggest traits often seen as negatives could actually signify high brain power. Truth or merely self-affirmation?
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I’m very intelligent. I’m also extremely creative and have a vocabulary that could be described as voluminous, venerable or very large. But don’t just take my word for it: science says so.

You see, my desk is always messy, I swear like a sailor and I tend to sleep late in the morning – normally because I’ve stayed up into the early hours, watching trash on TV. And while all these things may seem like bad habits, you don’t need to look that hard to find evidence that they’re the opposite.

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