A few weeks ago Michael and I attended some education seminars at a local university. The key note speaker was a researcher and psychologist, and she spent the first part of her speech talking about how intelligence relates within families.
So for example, often if you have one gifted kid, there’s a good chance the others will be gifted as well.
That didn’t really surprise me. But one very interesting point she made was that spouses were often close in range in IQ. She said that generally spouses were within one standard deviation of each other on IQ – that’s about 15 points according to her chart.
She said people sought out mates of similar intelligence.
I was thrilled by this information. I think Michael thinks he is much more intelligent than I am. (He says this is not so. He knows we are equally intelligent. Cough. Cough.) So I love this idea that we are within one standard deviation of each other.
In college when we first started dating I happened to see his transcript, including his SAT score, and was like “Holy crap. He’s really smart!” However, I graduated with higher honors than he did. So hmm…
So what do you think: Are you as intelligent, more intelligent or less intelligent than your spouse? Does your spouse think you are smarter or dumber? Do you think it’s true that people end up with spouses equal in intelligence?
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