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6 Amazing Problems Highly Intelligent People Have

Too beautiful, too clever, too educated? As a superlative person, life can be pretty tough, as we've already heard. In fact, everyday life with a high IQ can present some hurdles.

on August 2nd, 2019, 2.30 p.m.


Being smart is great. You can go shopping successfully, even if you have left your shopping list at home at the dining table, you may not have a nervous breakdown before filing your tax return and say such beautiful words as "grotesque", "absurd" and "postmodern social criticism". As with everything in life, however, a high IQ also has its downsides:

"When does intelligence become a curse?" Asks a person on the platform Quora. And more than 100 people reported on the challenges of a life with an above-average IQ. We have summarized the most exciting:

1. Everyone has insanely high expectations of you

"Everyone automatically assumes that you are the best at everything," writes one user. "And you can't talk to anyone about your weaknesses and fears." The pressure to perform causes problems for many of those affected - and limits them. "You become so cautious that you don't want to fail under any circumstances, that you don't take any risks out of sheer fear that you might lose," complains another user.

This pressure of expectation is likely to manifest itself in childhood. Studies have shown that parents are all the more concerned about their children's achievements when they are doing very well in school.

2. You think instead of feeling

You understand your feelings and you can communicate them - but you can't really let them out. "Other people often live out their feelings physically," writes one user Quore. "They roar, run, scream, cry, dance, jump around for joy ... I explain. And when I'm done with that, all these feelings are still inside of me. I just named them."

The connection between high cognitive intelligence and emotional skills cannot be precisely explained scientifically. Studies suggest, however, that high emotional intelligence could compensate for lower cognitive abilities, at least at work. So very intelligent people don't necessarily have to rely on their emotional abilities to solve problems.

3. And then you think too much about it

Analyze, look at, look again from the other side, include all factors, adjust the analysis and start over again. Highly intelligent people tend to really do everything in their life think to pieces. And that can be grueling: "You realize that everything is doomed to die and nothing really matters. You look for answers and that drives you crazy," writes one user. And it's true! In 2015, a much-cited study found: Very intelligent people brood more and worry a lot more.

4. You don't really know what "hard work" is

Do you find most things a little easier than others? Have you never really tried hard enough? It is the same for many highly intelligent people. A high IQ does not automatically lead to success, however, and many highly intelligent people have never developed the stamina necessary to achieve certain goals and experiences. "Intelligence becomes a problem when those affected realize at a very young age that they don't have to work so hard to keep up and thus never develop a good work ethic," writes one of the users. One study actually found a link between a sense of duty and certain types of intelligence: highly intelligent people often feel that they don't have to work so hard to achieve their goals.

5. But you know what you don't know - and it gets you down

The Dunning-Kruger effect states: the less you know, the more likely you are to (over) value your knowledge and underestimate the competence of others. Conversely, this also means: Highly intelligent people recognize the limits of their knowledge, and that can also be a drag: "The more you know, the more you have the feeling of not knowing anything," writes one user.

6. Unfortunately, you are very likely to be a terrible smartass

It's just like this: If you know a lot, you also know that quite a few people talk a lot of nonsense. And then it can happen that these people are corrected. Surprise: they usually don't think so soo great and in the worst case even injured or very embarrassed. A bit of sensitivity is required, otherwise you will end up like a user who writes: "If you keep improving people, they will stop talking to you or they will stop talking to you at all!"