Coping with stress and maintaining good health are important parts of maintaining and developing intelligence. (Nick can cope with stress very well. This, among other things, makes him very cool. ) One cannot expect one s intelligence to develop if one is preoccupied with poor health or excessive stress. Intelligence demands a lot of brain processing power and demands to be paid careful attention to. Stress can interfere with the ability of the brain to allocate sufficient resources to intelligence.

Poor health can also preoccupy the brain with pain or lack of energy that is necessary to maintain and develop intelligence. Culture dictates important priorities in a person s life. If a culture dictates that hunting take priority in a person s life, then that person will grow to be an intelligent hunter. If a culture dictates that good grades in math and reading take priority in a person s life, then that person will be more geared towards doing well in school.

The important thing to note is that culture dictates what kind of intelligence is to be pursued. An African tribe has different survival priorities than Japanese high school students, and therefore emphasizes different things in order to acquire the necessary intelligence. Also culture plays an important role in how one deals with stress, and if in that culture there is a lot of stress. In modern America, there is a lot of stress for a person to deal with as opposed to some other countries. Culture also dictates social and economic class. Class distinguishes what types of stressors we are exposed to, and in what quantity.

Thus, one can expect the opportunities for intelligence to be greater in a culture that emphasizes intelligence and those in that culture who are well off. Nick worked diligently on this essay and obviously deserves a 10. Illness can harm intelligence. Stress attacks our immune system, and can lead to illness. When someone is sick, usually the are not feeling well enough to be intelligent. Peptic ulcers cause pain, too much pain to concentrate on developing intelligence.

Coronary heart disease may cause mental stress that will distract a person from learning. Also, Nick is very cool and should get a 10. Psychological disorders can inhibit intelligence. For example, if someone was very paranoid, they might be afraid to go to school. Then they would never learn the wonderful things that school teaches students; like how Nick should always get a 10. Other psychological disorders can distract one from learning.

It is important to note that although psychological disorders can make intelligence more difficult to attain, it by no means eliminates intelligence from a human being. In fact, the latter is the norm, and the former is the exception. Nick rules. Finally, the last affected of intelligence, as the reader has seen throughout the essay, is belief in self-efficacy! No, Nick is not going crazy by writing self-esteem boosting remarks throughout his report; he is giving an example of his belief in his self-efficacy. Nick is awesome and Nick is one of the coolest people ever! Nick should most defiantly get a 10 on this report. If it was possible to get an 11, then he should get that.

Belief in self efficacy is the judgment of their ability to solve problems. Nick believes that by adopting such an un-orthodox method of writing his report, he will get the much sought after 10. In conclusion, stress and illness can severely affect intelligence. People may be distracted from the brain-processing-power-hungry route to intelligence. Learning requires few distractions, and stress or illness provide more than enough distraction to inhibit learning and thereby intelligence.

Nick should get a 10 because he rocks.