What do you think of Mensa as an organisation?

December 17, 2006 5:17am CST
Is there a point to it? Are members just full of their own importance? Do they think they're better than others just because they have a high IQ? If you're a member of Mensa, why did you join? Do you think members of Mensa should put this on a c.v. for a job, or will it ruin their chances because employers will think that they are over confident?
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@Eskimo (2317)
16 Feb 07
I don't know much about MENSA however as Groucho Marx once said, 'I cannot be a member of a club that accepts members like myself.' so I wouldn't want to join if they would accept me.' What I have found is that the people with the best qualifications (where I work), are the worst at doing the work, and the least able, in fact the ones with the least qualifications can usually do the job the best. (I fit somewhere in the middle and it applies to me as well). I have found that very intelligent people tend to be very vague in everyday life, and even very forgetful, - sorry what was I writing about? I feel that I ramble on sometimes. I see that you mention that you are a member of Mensa, do my theories fit in with your facts?
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• Ireland
17 Mar 07
I'm sorry......what were you saying?
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@musicman6 (2369)
• United States
23 Mar 07
One thing about Groucho, and his brothers, is that they were hilarious as hell!! And they were intellingent, and talented musicians,(i'm talking professional!)
@myklj999 (16644)
2 Jan 07
I'm not qualified; my I.Q. is only 137; but an I.Q. doesn't measure common sense either, just "book smarts", so I don't really make that much of a deal about it. I'm not stupid, but sometimes I can be pretty dense.
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• Ireland
2 Jan 07
You're completely right with that. Even people with extremely high IQs can show a severe lack of intelligence in day to day life.
@tammyr (5955)
• Etowah, Tennessee
18 Feb 07
I think that is what Alexandria meant, also
• Ireland
17 Dec 06
I know some very nice people who are members of Mensa and who are also very academic. However, I have discovered that a few of them do not know some of the simplest things in life, such as how to boil an egg.
• Ireland
17 Dec 06
I presume this means a high IQ is not needed to boil an egg.
@Phlamingho (7831)
• Denmark
17 Dec 06
I actually don't know that much about it. Do they do any research or do they just sit around acting smart? No matter what, I think it's a good idea to have some of the smartest people inspire each other, it can only lead to great things.
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• Ireland
17 Dec 06
I'm not so sure about the research but they arrange to have meet ups every so often. Some of the meetings can be fun but a lot of the time it feels like you have to display your intelligence in order to be there in the first place. :/
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
19 Nov 12
I have been a member of Mensa, but I allowed the membership to expire after the first year. In my case it was purely curiosity to see how well I would do in the supervised test. I scored 168, although I do not consider that to be a definite figure because if a person took several tests they would acquire several different results. The membership offered meetings, which did not appeal to me at all, and a monthly magazine which despite having a very interesting brain teaser page was a waste of time. I am still glad that I entered the test because it satisfied my curiosity and I now know that I have a sufficient IQ to qualify. Nevertheless, Mensa is not for me. Anyone remaining in Mensa would be advised to add it to their CV, but that alone was not enough to encourage me to continue the membership. As for being full of their own importance, I consider that appraisal to be very unfair because it varies from person to person. I have never been foolhardy enough to believe that having a higher IQ makes me a better person than someone else.
@applefreak (3131)
• Singapore
9 Jul 08
well i have no idea as i'm not a member. i did receive an invitation to join as a member but i just couldn't see the point of it. it's just a bunch of people who doesn't even have much in common other than their IQ score. i really don't understand the hype about it. i did the IQ test just out of curiousity as my people skills is totally absent. i was hoping that i have some IQ since my EQ is obviously zero. ;p
@skinnychick (6907)
• United States
16 Dec 07
You don't know any Mensa people I take it. I became a member on a "dare". My b/f who is a member challenged me to take the test. I didn't want to take it thinking I wasn't smart enough- turns out- I became a member. Mensa people hang out and go to dinner, go to see things like shows or poetry readings. Sit around talk about daily life- throw great holiday parties... It's more a club of like minded people I guess. No we don't sit around thinking we are so smart- LOL. I sure don't and I'm in it. There are people from all walks of life and professions- we have a bunch of stay at home moms in our chapter. It's just an outlet to meet people- debate issues, talk..play word games- kind of dorky I know but most Mensans have a passion for words. I keep seeing discussions saying that people with high IQ's don't have common sense- everyone I happen to know that is part of that organization has a great deal of common sense and are highly intelligent. Just because your smart and belong to a club of sorts doesn't mean that you are conceited or think your smarter or better than people. That is getting under my skin too. People in Mensa- don't usually go around saying to everyone that they are in it because people do have misconceptions maybe from not knowing anything about it or don't know anyone in it.
@katyzzz (2902)
• Australia
18 Dec 06
If that's what they want and what they can, good luck to them.