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    Apparently, the guy who invented IQ decided that your IQ is, basically, your mental age divided by your actual age, multiplied by 100.

    My godfather's a shrink. He did my MBTI type and function tests, so I asked him how he'd go about estimating someone's mental age, and whether there was any particular test that was well-known or respected. In his opinion, it's linked to wisdom. He talked at length about it, so it's impossible to put everything he said here. But it was jolly interesting.

    What do you think about it being linked to IQ? Do you think that raw intelligence is necessarily related to maturity and/or wisdom? (Here I'm thinking of someone I know who tests in IQ tests as a genius, but if he were a D&D character he'd have a single figure wisdom score). I find this interesting, because if the two ideas were originally supposed to be linked, then howcome IQ tests for many years haven't featured any social/emotional component? Surely that ought to be present, if we're testing something that's meant to be linked to maturity?

    What do you think your closest family/friends would say about your mental age? What would you say? What sorts of things would you look at or consider, to figure it out?

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    Oh, there are tests, apparently. But not online ones that he knows of that are well respected and scientifically valid.

    But this one's quite fun. I scored 47
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    I got 39

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    51 Years Old.

    I knew from reading the questions that the survey was really bad. I didn't have to wait for the results. Uhh.
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    Well, it's pretty close My mental age is 56.


    (real age: 53. psst, don't tell)
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    I don't think you can factor maturity/wisdom into a test in any meaningful way because the acquisition of knowledge is an infinite process. You are getting to know more of the unknown. You can pass on the basis you acquired to your children, say, and they continue with it. So any test would be limited by the wisdom acquired by the person who made up the test. The pupil could go farther than the teacher.

    Also, I don't know that giving someone a number really helps them to become more wise or more aware of their present condition.

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    Wisom is more than just the acquisition of knowledge... it's about the application of it, innit

    Yeah I know it's a bad test, it's just a bit of fun. It tends to sort of equate maturity/age, which I'd say were more sliding scales or separate axes. And it has quite a stereotyped image of particular age groups. I know a few teenagers who aren't interested in big parties, that doesn't automatically mean they're more mature than those who do.

    Personally, I've always taken my closest friends from the age group at least 10 years or so older than myself. I'm coming up to 33 in March, and my closest friends are 48, 61, 58 and only one in my own age group (he's 32). That's given me a fairly good idea of my mental age in some respects; these guys don't have trouble fitting in and getting on with their own age group, but I do usually, so... if I'm on a wavelength with these pretty normal middle aged people... meh.

    You guys that did the test, not gonna give your real age then, too?
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    Quote Originally Posted by proximo View Post
    You guys that did the test, not gonna give your real age then, too?
    Real Age 32
    Mental Age 46

    Is that why I'm a hit with the older folk, I seem to identify with a much older crowd then my peer group until recently.

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    real age is 23 and i got 39 from this
    "Where wisdom reigns, there is no conflict between thinking and feeling."
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    This is one of the worse tests I've come across with. The test consists entirely of utterly trivial and meaningless behaviors.
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