You are a Genius!

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According to a 1968 study by George Land and Beth Jarman, published in their book Breakpoint and Beyond, preschoolers are geniuses in divergent thinking. Land and Jarman administered a divergent thinking test to 1600 people; divergent thinking being the capacity for creativity, the ability to determine multiple solutions to a problem. This is the type of test administered by NASA to select innovative engineers and scientists. The results in the sample group were astounding – 98% of the participants scored at the genius level for divergent thinking. The sample group? Five-year-olds.

In this longitudinal study, only 32% of 10-year-olds, and 12% of 15-year-olds reached the same level of creative thinking. Of 280 000 adults tested, only 2% reached genius level. Robinson used an example of divergent thinking in his video provided below: that divergent thinkers would be able to come up with 200 uses for a paper clip, whereas most of us could only come up with 10-15. A divergent thinker would think outside the box. Does the paper clip have to be in the form we know it? If there are no limitations, why not a 200-foot paper clip made of foam?

We are all genius in our own unique way, no matter how deep our genius got buried over the years. Rediscover your genius and fill up your life with laughter and joy. You are amazing!


24 thoughts on “You are a Genius!

  1. bkpyett says:

    Yes, our little children can teach us a lot!
    Loved your post, thank you!

  2. Bastet says:

    A lovely post…I agree with you that children do give us a new lease on life!

  3. Bastet says:

    Reblogged this on Bastet and Sekhmet's Library and commented:
    A lovely post about…genius and children 😉

  4. viveka says:

    We have a TV program where adults compete against 8-10 years old – and the kids a far smarter. Like you post too.

  5. viewpacific says:

    I think it was Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his essay on Self-reliance, who wrote about Genius as a deep, shared force. It’s something already intimately part of us and letting go of self-judgment opens our connection again.
    I wonder if the study looked at what might be happening to kids between age five and ten which stifles this innate connection to creativity. I wonder, too, how this can be rekindled.

    • Otrazhenie says:

      I think it might be a combination of factors, such as rigid educational system, peer pressure to conform with the ‘norm’ , pressure from adults to ‘mature’ and ‘grow up’ into a predefined ‘mold’. I think, we can help to ‘rekindle’ that genius by encouraging people to appreciate their uniqueness, love themselves and stop trying to impress or please others.

      • viewpacific says:

        There’s lots of truth in that. Being pressured to fit in or risk disapproval is a very strong cultural force. Approval needs are high!
        Isn’t something lost with all this “fitting in”?

  6. viewpacific says:

    Reblogged this on View Pacific and commented:
    We are all Genius

  7. This is a fantastic video really makes sense

  8. djdfr says:

    I wonder how he changed between the black and orange markers so fast.

  9. nikeyo says:

    Fantastic concept illustration! It is so unfortunately true.

    My query is – what can we do to stop this downward education of our up and coming generations? Yes, we can internalize this into ourselves and cause a ripple effect of change through our own internal awareness… but is there something more we can do? It would seem that those who are in charge, the big-wigs, the CEOs, those who have benefited from the Capitalism and Industrialization process are those who will do everything they can to keep the process going. So how do we stop them?

    When those in power, those with the ability to cause change, are those who have benefited from the current system, it seems impossible to bring about a change. Waiting for them to all die off with do nothing, seeing as the current system will remain in place and simply replace them with “new” giants of the industrialized education system. Meanwhile, our genius is being medicated away into conformity.

    • Otrazhenie says:

      Very good point, Nikeyo. I have another post on those, who are in power at . Those who are in power in the developed capitalist countries are much more constrained than powerful elites in the developing countries (though all people in the society do need to keep an eye on that to ensure that powerful elites there won’t get out of control). Market economy provides more incentives for educational system that boosts creativity and innovation as innovation brings competitive advantage. On the other hand, totalitarian regimes with extractive political and economic institutions are much more prone to rigid educational systems brainwashing all young minds into obedient robots.

      In the country I live in now educational system is much more flexible than the one described in the video. In fact, the principle of my children’s schools was sharing that video with the parents to explain school’s philosophy and approach. I’m very happy with the education my children are getting here. They were lucky to have amazing teachers too as well as to have opportunities to participate in creative problem-solving competitions such as Tournament of the Minds – you can find more information on that competition at .

  10. nikeyo says:

    Reblogged this on For Your Thoughts and commented:
    The potential of comments, reactions, and thoughts erupting from this concept illustration is immeasurable. I could prefix it with my own thoughts, but they would be tl;dr. So I must open it to my own audience and encourage engagement as well on the OP’s blog.

  11. Mélanie says:

    well, Miss O, I’m not a genius at all, but I’ve lived with one for decades: he’s a rocket and satellite scientist, but he’s good at everything! 🙂 I’m serious! Last but not least: our son speaks and writes French, English, Romanian, Chinese and Japanese FLUENTLY… and he’s quite normal! 🙂

    • Otrazhenie says:

      And you are telling me that you are not a genius? You are more than a genius to be able to live with a rocket and satellite scientist for decades and bring up such an amazing son 😉

  12. Sanshaine says:

    Reblogged this on The will to prove… and commented:
    I’ve never seen the current state of education explained better than this – it’s seriously worth the 11 minutes.

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