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A personal journey from IQ testing to intelligence testing

March 15, 2020

Author: Massimo Caliaro

Numbering: Issue 22.B, Idea: Outliers & Outsiders (Part Eighteen)

Place of Publication: Langley, British Columbia, Canada

Title: In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal

Web Domain: http://www.in-sightjournal.com

Individual Publication Date: March 15, 2020

Issue Publication Date: May 1, 2020

Name of Publisher: In-Sight Publishing

Frequency: Three Times Per Year

Words: 1,046

ISSN 2369-6885

Abstract

In this paper, Massimo Caliaro describes, in brief, his experience with IQ tests and intelligence tests. All within a personal narrative perspective.

Keywords: intelligence, IQ, Massimo Caliaro, numerical, performance, spatial, verbal.

A personal journey from IQ testing to intelligence testing[1],[2]

*Please see the footnotes, bibliography, and citation style listing after the interview.*

My experience in intelligence testing can be described as a journey, which started almost by chance, and is still in progress. At first, I didn’t know what my destination would have been and, to tell the truth, it was not so important: I just had to leave. That is what happened when I first bumped into my first IQ test: I was embracing a strong desire to travel, to prove myself that I was ready for this kind of experience. My first choice was quite a neutral one: I picked a test that contained different types of items (verbal, numerical, and spatial), just to see if there was at least one among these three types I was particularly good at.

It turned out that I got my best performance in the numerical part, and this was quite a surprise for me, since I am very fond of languages and love linguistic puns. Therefore, I would have expected to do better in linguistic part; moreover, I always struggled in Math at school. The results made me even more surprised. Continuing in this metaphorical travel, I can say that I began to enjoy that exotic place where I have arrived: high (for me) results in numerical tests. Like a tourist who has got to a place where things are relatively cheap, you may taste a lot of local food, meet local people at parties, and drink the tasty spirits of that region. You take many numerical tests, because the results satisfy you so much, and in the end you eat great amounts of the same tasty food, and drink huge amounts of those spirits. You seize the moment, partying every day, enjoying every instant, but in the end, you realize that you are getting fatter, slower in reasoning, and bored in the end.

The journey goes on, but now you want to change destination, you want to try something harder, more challenging, something unusual. I turned my attention to other kinds of tests, which I already knew that they wouldn’t have given me high scores as the numerical ones, but I was ready to accept it; I felt like I was more mature, that I was able to challenge myself in order open my mind, come out of my comfort zone and, to a certain degree, I felt obliged to become more humble in accepting to do, even struggling, what I am not strong in.

This process had helped me to go over the concept of result, to transcend that number which is called ‘IQ’. I am not alone in this process. My job helps me to empathize better with others and with others’ needs. I work as a high school teacher. Every day, every hour, I meet young men and women with characters, attitudes, dreams, hopes, fears, that may be very different from each other. These young people provide me daily with the best and the most difficult intelligence test ever; try to understand the questions that they don’t even know to have, find the best answer to give, find the proper way to answer have all become my target in deepening my knowledge and consciousness for other people, and for me, too, by reflection.

Continuing in the travel metaphor applied to my situation as a teacher, I could say that; after a period of self-testing as a traveller, I have now become a kind of travel agency, whose job is to find the best kind of travel for my students, making them enjoy the travel as much as possible; discover one’s own capabilities may become an instrument to become better people, to empathize more with others, to move from a self-centred view of life to a broader, inclusive, more human reality.

Appendix I: Footnotes

[1] Chinese-Italian-Chinese Freelance Interpretor and Translator.

[2] Individual Publication Date: March 15, 2020: http://www.in-sightjournal.com/caliaro; Full Issue Publication Date: May 1, 2020: https://in-sightjournal.com/insight-issues/.

Appendix II: Citation Style Listing

American Medical Association (AMA): Caliaro M. A personal journey from IQ testing to intelligence testing [Online].March 2020; 22(B). Available from: http://www.in-sightjournal.com/caliaro.

American Psychological Association (APA, 6th Edition, 2010): Caliaro, M. (2020, March 15). A personal journey from IQ testing to intelligence testingRetrieved from http://www.in-sightjournal.com/caliaro.

Brazilian National Standards (ABNT): CALIARO, M. A personal journey from IQ testing to intelligence testing. In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 22.B, March. 2020. <http://www.in-sightjournal.com/caliaro>.

Chicago/Turabian, Author-Date (16th Edition): Caliaro, Massimo. 2020. “A personal journey from IQ testing to intelligence testing.” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 22.B. http://www.in-sightjournal.com/caliaro.

Chicago/Turabian, Humanities (16th Edition): Caliaro, Massimo “A personal journey from IQ testing to intelligence testing.” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 22.B (March 2020). http://www.in-sightjournal.com/caliaro.

Harvard: Caliaro, M. 2020, ‘A personal journey from IQ testing to intelligence testingIn-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 22.B. Available from: <http://www.in-sightjournal.com/caliaro>.

Harvard, Australian: Caliaro, M. 2020, ‘A personal journey from IQ testing to intelligence testingIn-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 22.B., http://www.in-sightjournal.com/caliaro.

Modern Language Association (MLA, 7th Edition, 2009): Massimo Caliaro. “A personal journey from IQ testing to intelligence testing.” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal 22.B (2020):March. 2020. Web. <http://www.in-sightjournal.com/caliaro>.

Vancouver/ICMJE: Caliaro M. A personal journey from IQ testing to intelligence testing [Internet]. (2020, March 22(B). Available from: http://www.in-sightjournal.com/caliaro.

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