So she gave me a test this past week. I didn't know what it was for, but I took it anyway. I had math and word problems and word puzzles and whatever on it and sequences. It was 15 questions. I got 13/15 right in 10 minutes, but it turns out those questions were practice Mensa questions. Of those who took it without Bipolar disorder, the highest score was 6/15. There was one other person who scored higher than me with a perfect score, but 6 who got the same score that I did. Not all of her patients had taken the test yet.
She wants to see the correlation between Bipolar disorder and intelligence for her study she's orchestrating. Apparently, Bipolar people tend to have an elevated IQ when compared to the average person.
She said she wasn't necessarily expecting me to get a high score to be admitted into Mensa, but she wants to see what percentile I score in when compared to her other patients who do not have Bipolar disorder.
Here's the issue I'm having: I've always believed I was intelligent. Not necessarily Mensa intelligent (I honestly don't believe that I would ever get into Mensa because those people are like Einstein smart) but I also have high expectations of myself. If I score lower than in the 75 percentile, I'm going to feel extremely stupid and I know it'll put me in an episode/depression. But at the same time, I really like my therapist and would like to help her in her study.
The test requires you to score in the top 2 percentile in order to be admitted. So should I do it or not?
- Take it. It might be fun to find out your IQ.65%(13)59%(22)Vote53%(9)
- Don't take if it makes you feel uncomfortable10%(2)19%(7)Vote29%(5)
- Tell your therapist about your concerns and decide with her25%(5)16%(6)Vote6%(1)
Whether or not I do it, I really like my therapist and she's really helped me. So for anyone to call her out of her name or insult her or say she's not doing her job or her study doesn't make sense, please, I'd rather you just not comment. I'm a little offended people would talk down about someone who has helped a lot through the worst parts of my life. Just answer the question. If you're incapable of doing so, move on please.
Most Helpful Guy
Take the test. You will find the information that provides to be interesting.
My parents took me to a psychologist when I was 16, to find out what was 'wrong' with me, because I did not have nor want any friends.
It took only a couple of minutes of conversation for the psychologist to pull out his book of IQ tests. The result put me in the middle of the genius band.
The psychologist tried, as politely as possible, to explain to my hillbilly parents that the reason that I did not have friends was because interacting with my peers could be compared with volunteering to work with the intellectually disabled. It was mentally exhausting, frustrating and a thoroughly unpleasant experience.
What the psychologist did not identify, but what I was able to determine when I did a neuroscience subject two years ago, was that I also have high-functioning Asperger's syndrome.
I see the world differently, process information differently and I have the emotional intelligence of a rock.2
Most Helpful Girl
Talk it out with her. Your mental health is so important, and if you like there may be some fallout from taking it and not getting the score you'd like it's better to talk through that to have a plan in place. The fallout may not be worth doing it but having that discussion and outlining your fears and consequences could make your choice easier.
Otherwise if it's something that you're interested in doing for YOU more than helping her I think it's a great idea. Congrats on the score you got from the snippet of the test!1