Dr. Evangelos Katsioulis, M.D., M.Sc., M.A., Ph.D. is a consultant psychiatrist and psychotherapist running his private practice in Thessaloniki, Greece. Having perceived the importance and impact of internet in our lives, he is also professionally active offering online psychotherapy and counseling for Psycall.com and Shezlong.com. He earned an M.D., Medical Doctor Diploma (2000), M.Sc., Medical Research Technology (2003), M.A., Philosophy (2012), and Ph.D., Psychopharmacology (2015), awarded by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Dr. Katsioulis is mostly challenged by expression, thinking and communication. Therefore, he is involved in writing articles, novels, quotes and screenplays. Since 2001, he is the Founder of the World Intelligence Network (WIN), an international organization targeting the detection, development and appreciation of abilities. Feeling a citizen of the world, he currently lives in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece.
On January 1, 2015, we published an interview. Here, we talk about awards and happiness.
Katsioulis earned a number of awards. Of course, along with the various awards and recognition from the prizes, the awardee is expected to provide some form of commentary relevant to themselves and the focus of the award.
He had a statement, wherein he said:
I believe in the power of human mind and my works contribute to the facilitation of mind expressions, promotion of creativity and enhancement of productivity for a better life quality for everyone. Maximizing outcomes based on the appreciation and utilization of people’s potentials for the benefits of any individual and humanity in general.
Katsioulis describes the ways in which people can improve the life satisfaction of their lives. The ways in which individuals can maximize their lives, and how he can be a part of this in collaboration with others in the high general intelligence community.
I do not sense an arrogance or conceit around it. I noted a sense of service based on acknowledge of greater ability and so higher levels of duty to work on common problems. I asked about the motivation to help others.
Katsioulis stated, “Life is a continuous claim of happiness and satisfaction. There are plenty of distractions and attractions in life which can mislead and redirect people causing disorientation, targeting fake goals and resulting to low life quality. I am passionate with people and communication and that is the main reason I chose to be a Psychotherapist, Psychiatrist and a Founder of some communities and networks.”
All the aforementioned high-IQ – and other gifted and talented – societies function on this basis. To serve the gifted and talented population as identified by various means, and to cater to their needs, they then serve the general public, often in ways others cannot.
He continued, “I believe in self-awareness, self-appreciation, self-confidence and self-determination. Offering people an opportunity to look into themselves and grab the chance to evaluate their lives, attitudes and interests, is a challenge for me.”
Katsioulis went through these processes too. That is, he speaks from personal experience. He wants to provide the same psychological services for others. It seems to come from the same sense of duty. It feels as if a moral-bound, ethical, foundation.
“I support people and I believe in their abilities, talents and specialties. Psychologically speaking, I may provide what I would appreciate to have been provided,” Katsioulis elaborated.
In reflection on the statement in the award, I quoted him, “Humans are biological beings, life is a mystery, creation is still unknown. We live a miracle and we can only maximize this miracle’s impact in every single moment of our existence.”
That formed the basis for the conclusion of the interview with some final questions. He mentioned “miracle,” which raises hopes in some minds, anxiety in others, and discontented question marks in still others. Also, though more directly apprehended, the idea of the maximization of the moments of our lives was mentioned by him.
Katsioulis clarified, “Allow me to clearly mention that I do not wish to support any specific religion with my statement. I have the feeling that the advanced and complicated structure and function of life, considering even only a single cell, is itself a miracle.”
It becomes more concrete without support for a specific religion. As a background context, living in Greece, the majority religion remains Eastern Orthodox Christianity or the Greek Orthodox Church tradition within the Eastern Orthodox Church. This faith comprises about 90% of the population.
“I am using the word ‘miracle’ since mathematicians have proved that it is rather impossible all cell components to accidentally find themselves in the proper position and start functioning as a cell within the total duration of universe existence,” Katsioulis explained, “So the time elapsed since the creation of universe supports the non-accidental, thus miraculous nature of life.”
As noted in the response, Katsioulis seems to note a transcendent sentiment. Something external to and containing the natural and physical. The sense of the miraculous in the statistical improbability of functional life.
Katsioulis continued, “The specific rational for this miracle, a specific power, God, destiny, even the nature itself, has been a fascinating topic for many other specialists throughout all human history.”
He concluded on the idea of happiness and the operation of its maximization, or optimization. “The maximization of our life moments is a quality term, used to define appreciation of our time, life satisfaction and happiness. Since we know nothing about the reasons of our existence,” Katsioulis concluded, “we may solely take advantage of the fact that we are alive and experience the most out of it. In this context, we need to define what makes us excited and content and we should target and claim satisfaction and happiness.”
Dr. Katsioulis earned the best performance in the Cerebrals international contest (2009), best performance in the Cerebrals NVCP-R international contest (2003), best performance in physics for the national final exams in Greece (1993), and third place in the Maths national contest in Thessaloniki, Greece (1989).
Dr. Katsioulis scored some of the highest intelligence test scores (SD16) on international record with IQ scores of 205 on the NVCP-R [Rasch equated raw 49/54] in 2002, 196 on the Qoymans Multiple Choice #3 [ceiling] in 2003, 192 on the NVCP-E [Rasch equated raw 35/40] in 2002, 186 on the NVCP-R [Fluid Intelligence Index Score] in 2002, 183 on the NVCP-E [Fluid Intelligence Index Score] in 2002, 183 on the Cattell Culture Fair III A+B [ceiling-1] in 2003, 180+ on the Bonnardel BLS4 – 2T [ceiling] in 2003, and 180+ on the WAIS-R [extrapolated full scale] in 2002.
Subsequently, Dr. Katsioulis remains a member in over 60 high IQ societies. In addition, he is the president and founder of Anadeixi Academy of Abilities Assessment and World Intelligence Network (WIN), and OLYMPIQ, HELLIQ, CIVIQ, GRIQ, QIQ, IQID, GREEK high IQ societies. He talked here with Scott Douglas Jacobsen who founded In-Sight Publishing and In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal.
In one listing, Dr. Katsioulis is listed among other smartest people in the world including Paul Allen, Christopher Michael Langan, Judit Polgar, Marilyn vos Savant, John H. Sununu, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Kim Ung-Yong, Mislav Predavec, Manahel Thabet, Rick Rosner, Chris Hirata, Steven Pinker, Ivan Ivec, Garry Kasparov, Terence Tao, Scott Aaronson, Nikola Poljak, Alan Guth, Donald Knuth, Noam Chomsky, Magnus Carlsen, Shahriar Afshar, Akshay Venkatesh, Saul Kripke, Ruth Lawrence, Grigori Perelman, Andrew Wiles, and Edward Witten.
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