Having a high iq will undeniably let you confront and do well in some dreaded tasks: to do the unthinkable and questioning everything, even supernatural things. Interestingly, there are some downsides of high intelligence.
Following insightful comments on the downsides that are attached to being highly intelligent, were extracted from a Quora thread which holds a discussion on this peculiar topic.
Check them out, and let’s know if you think the authors were right on the disadvantages of being highly intelligent
Poor Social Life
You might end up having a poor social life. Being intelligent is difficult, and it is difficult to find people with a similar level of intelligence depending on how smart they are: high iq social problem, explained Satyanarayana Shanmugam.
you may not have proper social relationships explains Harish Sripathi.
Users added that; people with a lower level of intelligence will subconsciously avoid those with certain kinds of intellect. Because, the challenges from intelligent would make them feel less intelligent, and nobody likes that.
If you’re lucky enough to be in a place where you’re surrounded by people with similar levels of intelligence, you should consider yourself to be extremely fortunate. Shanmugam added.
Less concerned with the worth of Hard Work
“But intelligence becomes a problem when those who have it discover early in life that they don’t need to work as hard to keep up, and thus never develop a good strong work ethic,” writes Kent Fung.
Having an high IQ doesn’t guarantee you success, but, the perseverance needed for success must be developed. Study says intelligent people don’t always feel like they needed this.
Over-thinking lessens happiness
Is it true that staying up late is one of the disadvantages of being smart? Surabhi Sinha answered with a picture explaining how habit of over-thinking often comes in the way of happiness.
“You realize how moribund everything is and that nothing really means anything. You search for answers and it drives you crazy,” writes Akash Ladha.
Likely to suffer Depression
Marcus Ford listed the following disadvantages of being highly intelligent:
- More likely to suffer from depression.
- Difficult to relate to peers. This is painful especially during the younger years. Being intelligent is lonely.
- School is not challenging, which makes it a boring prison.
- Teachers may love or hate you for your smartness. Both can be uncomfortable.
- Some people will be intimidated by you.
- Pressure: Smartness alone doesn’t lead to success as an adult, but everyone will have high expectations for you.
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- In school people cheat off you. In my friend’s chemistry class they devised a system to allow every person to cheat off of her.
- Self esteem issues. You are only praised for your smartness.
- Less ignorant, less blissful. You see more faults in the world.
Sometimes smarter people are more prone to depression because of their heightened thought process and different perspective on the world, writes Naveen Durgaraju.
Intelligence isn’t valued
Matthew Stern said people are known for their personality i.e. humor, charm and appearance; not for being intelligent. He did mentioned the likes of Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs.
Intelligent people are always treated with suspicion and disdain. “No one likes a know-it-all.” So, we generally have to hide our intelligence or develop charm and humor so we don’t seem as threatening, Kent said.