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    Default Average IQ and Competence

    So if a person falls within the average range of IQ, would they still be able to excel in higher level positions or would he or she be setting himself or herself up for failure?

    For example, I have always dreamed of getting a PhD in psychology but I am pretty sure that I would test well into the average range of IQ. I can grasp complex concepts easily and apply them to other areas quite readily but "abstract pattern recognition" seems to be a weakness of mine (which most IQ tests and assessments seem to measure).

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    As someone with a fairly high IQ but abysmal study skills I say go for it--IQ is a small factor in success.

    Besides, you seem intelligent from here. I wouldn't let a test score (especially an imagined one) limit you.

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    Hey Glycerine

    I think in the early stages IQ can help propel you forward. But beyond that, I think success has a lot more to do with determination, perseverance, dedication, and consistency. And a pinch of luck in terms of right place and right time.

    Plus... the only thing IQ really measures... is IQ. There are so many more important skills that IQ doesn't even begin to cover.

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    You want to be a clinician?
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    IQ means something, but it depends on the person.

    My mom has an IQ of 145, and 4 years ago, I had to explain to convince force her to accept her that sea salt does not contain less sodium than table salt, and that salt is salt and you can not change it no matter what. That took 20 minutes to do... So yeah.

    Just cause you have a high IQ, doesn't mean you'll be "smart" or "logical".
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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    You want to be a clinician?
    No. Applied health or industrial organizational psychology.

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    I seriously doubt you have an average IQ, but people of average IQ seem able to do well in pretty much any field (unless it's something like professional chess, which requires an absurd brain processing power).

    Check that graph:


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    Average iq is between 120 to 130 right?

    I have something in that range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Riva View Post
    Average iq is between 120 to 130 right?

    I have something in that range.
    @Rasofy
    Average IQ is supposed to be 100

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    George Bush senior only tested 98, whereas junior got 121 on a test. In terms of competency junior failed catastrophically. I'm too lazy to look for a source right now.
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