Originally Posted by Viola
I usually think everyone is smarter than I am, and then sometimes I get a glimpse that this may not be the case. I think many people with low self esteem probably think they are stupid to boot. I remember sitting in class one day and the teacher asked a question and one of the "smart" girls got the answer right and was praised. The teacher had made it seem like it was a tricky question, so I assumed my answer would be wrong and I kept quiet. Then it turned out I had the answer right too! Gosh, don't you hate when that happens! :LOL
Now here's an interesting question: I had my IQ tested in 8th grade because teachers identified me as a potential student for a gifted and talented program. Does that mean then that some students in my school who would have also done well on the exam never got that confirmation that they were "smart" because they weren't tested?
I think it's not true that everyone thinks they are smart. There are lots of reasons why people might not think so. I'm just not sure that people who don't think they are smart are right. I suspect a lot of people who think they aren't smart think so because others told them so, in a variety of ways.
I think I fall in the camp of the multiple intelligences people. It seems like there is more than one way to be smart. A lot of schools seem to exist for the purpose of persuading children that they are NOT smart.
Anyway, I think that if you eat to hunger and don't smoke and generally take care of yourself during pregnancy, you should have a smart baby.
girl: Then you have to act like you have a smart baby, that's step two that you repeat indefinitely for as long as you live...