Take in what’s around you, and listen to what people have to say. That’s going to give you both the information and insight necessary to put it in context, says Ben Michaelis, PhD, a New York City-based clinical psychologist. Part of being intelligent is being able to understand the factors and influences that have an impact on the information. For example, understanding how a person’s tone of voice influences the meaning of what’s being said, or how various pieces of information fit together to give insight into a situation. People who spend more time talking than listening don’t get the full benefit of that information to inform their outlook.