Language and intelligence

Language and intelligence are closely related. People need intelligence to understand different aspects of communication, such as vocabularies and non-verbal communication elements that can result in a communication issue. To begin with, the Flynn effect addresses the aspect of how IQ scores change with time. In regard to this, people are becoming more intelligent as we progress because of the availability of information. In this paper, I will discuss, Flynn effect and provide situations I experienced communication problems.

Part 1: Intelligence

Flynn’s effects involve the issue of how IQ scores change over time. In other words, it is the apparent increase in intelligence of a given population, evidenced by a constant increase in IQ scores. The Flynn effect undermines the fact that IQ is absolute, intelligence is innate, and an IQ test tests for absolute quality. According to Bratsberg & Rogeberg (2018), the Flynn effect as a transient aspect that reflects an improvement in the IQ from environmental factors that temporarily covers an underlying trend. Flynn effects expound more on the aspect of intelligence we have learned in the classroom. I support the fact that the IQ score of people changes with time because of the availability of information.

Part 2: Language

I have been a victim of a communication problem. I walked into one restaurant to eat after a long day. Since the restaurant welcomes people from different cultures, the common language used around was English. Thus, after taking a seat, a waiter approached me, and I placed my order. Before the waiter left, she asked me whether to add some spices like chilies directly on the food, and I responded with a nod to mean yes, according to me. Unfortunately, after some time, the meal was served with many spices that I was unable to take. I was angry, but I learned that it was a communication issue.

Communication is an important aspect of any society for effective integration. Lack of proper communication can result in miscommunication, just like the one I experienced. The main source of the communication problem, in my case, was the existence of non-verbal communication in various cultures. For example, I used a nod to respond to the question the waiter asked me when placing an order. According to mean, the nod resembles a no while from the waiter the nod resembles a yes. After the misunderstanding, I learned that the nod resembles a yes from the waiter’s culture. Thus, I took it as a lesson to use non-verbal communication reinforced with verbal communication to clear up the confusion.

Other than having a communication problem with someone from a different country, I have also experienced one with someone from my native language. One day, as I was texting a friend over an emotional issue regarding a given situation that had occurred earlier. However, the person completed one of the text with an abbreviation “LOL.” I failed to understand the entire message because the term “LOL” was another word for me, which means laugh out loud. I felt disconnected from the conversation. However, I gathered the courage to ask what he meant, and he said that “Lots of love.” Fixing the latter to the sentence, it made sense.


In this contemporary world, one needs to integrate intelligence and language. For people to understand different aspects of languages, there must be a high level of IQ. Looking at my situations resulting in a communication problem, I was unable to understand some aspects used in a given language.


Bratsberg, B., & Rogeberg, O. (2018). Flynn’s effect and its reversal are both environmentally caused. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(26), 6674-6678.

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