Founded in 2001 by Dr Evangelos G. Katsioulis, CIVIQ Society sponsors international memberships with a large spectrum of members nationalities (all over the world) and ages (from 18 to 79). CIVIQ is a member society of WIN (World Intelligence Network).
CIVIQ society is an international society for people having tested at a very high IQ (Intelligence Quotient) at or above the third standard deviation above the statistical mean of the population.
Following are the baseline cognitive performances accepted for the CIVIQ Society membership:
IQ 145, (Wechsler scale with sd 15)
IQ 148, (Stanford-Binet scale with sd 16)
IQ 172, (Cattell scale with sd 24)
The name CIVIQ comes from the Latin word civis which means citizen. Added to the letters IQ, we obtain the idea of a community where the members are linked by their intellectual abilities.
Why such a society?
This question is often posed by people who have little knowledge of the issues which gifted people must sometimes confront. Some might suppose that high IQ societies are pretentious and that people join them solely for the sake of validation. Although such members may exist, the CIVIQ Society was created because highly intelligent people:
– often share common needs which cannot always be satisfied in everyday life, e.g. many interests regarding knowledge in general or a wish to have detailed and abstract discussions
– may have experienced similar phases during life, e.g. inflexibility (social, educational, professional)
The opinion that high intelligence is a gift with only positive implications is a common misconception: it brings up facilities (talents, strengths and interests) on one hand, but often also specific difficulties and needs on the other. Thinking on it, the society provides a structure which facilitates contact between members: forums, chat, email and even face to face meetings. They can also participate in a magazine. By exchanging, they can learn a lot from each other.