I was administered the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Test in May 1994 at the George Washington University Medical Center. My results showed a wide discrepancy between the verbal scale and the performance scale. My verbal IQ was measured at 136 (99th percentile) and my performance IQ was measured at 100 (50th percentile). My overall IQ was 125 (95th percentile).

The test evaluator stated:

Mr. Freedman is currently functioning at a superior level of intelligence according to his Full Scale IQ of 125 (95th percentile) on the WAIS-R. His Verbal IQ is 136 (99th percentile) and his performance IQ is 100 (50th percentile). The highly significant 36-point difference between his Verbal and Performance IQ was primarily associated with his very superior scores on two Verbal Scale sub-tests and his somewhat lower score on one Performance Scale subtest. Thus, while visuo-motor skills are more uniformly developed in the average range of functioning, verbal skills show more variability, with some abilities more superiorly developed than others.

A closer inspection of the notable differences in his sub-test results may be helpful in understanding his strengths as well as the difficulties that he does report. Within the verbal area, his learned memory ability, richness in ideas, and fund of information are excellent. Within the performance area, he has difficulty anticipating, judging, and interpreting both the antecedents and consequences of social situations would result in misguided assumptions.

In fact, research has shown that poor performance on the performance scale of the Wechsler test can be related to depression. Poor Performance IQ relative to Verbal IQ is a standard finding in depressed patients administered the Wechsler test. The test evaluator failed to consider depression as a cause of the wide disparity between my performance scale results and my verbal results.

“The most common finding with the WAIS-Revised (WAIS-R) in depression is the discrepancy between verbal and nonverbal abilities, with lower Performance IQ (PIQ) relative to Verbal IQ (VIQ) (Groth-Marnat, 1997; Kluger & Goldberg, 1990; Pernicano, 1986; Sackeim et al., 1992; Zillmer, Ball, Fowler, Newman & Stutts, 1991). A fifteen point (1 SD) difference (Anastasi, 1988; Wechsler, 1981) has been reported more frequently in depressed patients than nonpatient comparison samples (Pernicano, 1986; Sackeim et al., 1992).”

http://apsychoserver.psychofizz.psych.arizona.edu/JJBAReprints/PSYC621/694A/WAIS/Gorlyn%20et%20al%20%282006%29.pdf

It is interesting that the test evaluator did find depression to be a major issue in my psychology.

“His thought content was notable for feelings of anger, entitlement and grandiosity on the one hand, and loneliness, depression and a craving for connection on the other.”

“His Rorschach protocol is consistent with the above findings. The results are notable for hypervigilence aw it related to his interpersonal relatedness, depression as it relates to his overly-grandiose yet fragile self-image, and a disturbed and ideational thinking style. These personality features are deeply ingrained, causing him serious and chronic interpersonal difficulties.”

“His depression is due primarily to difficulties in regulating his self-esteem. He has a great need to view himself in an overly grandiose way. He is so preoccupied and involved in sustaining his inflated sense of self that it dominates his perception of his environment. Thus he tends to filter information in an overtly personalized way. Unfortunately, his frequent need for reaffirmation and his failure to achieve it makes him vulnerable to repeated bouts of depression and anxious wariness towards others. He feels trapped in his conflict, for the very avenue for potential gratification is obstructed by the manner in which he has earned to compensate for the non-gratification of his needs. Risk for suicide must be monitored as he may act impulsively in his attempts to seek a dramatic form of retribution or solace from the bind he feels he is perpetually in.”

“Given his deeply ingrained pattern of maladaptive functioning, he is vulnerable to bouts of anxiety and depression. The risk for suicide attempts must be anticipated in such a state of decompensation.”

“Furthermore, he may derive benefits from pharmacological tranquilizing agents and/or antidepressant drugs to alleviate his anxiety and depression.

Did GW even know what they were talking about? Maybe I’m smarter than my test scores indicate.

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