Did you know that most of the time, highly intelligent people struggle to find happiness in life, compared to people who are not?
We have all heard the phrase, “ignorance is bliss.”
Which is actually very true. It turns out, happiness and intelligence are mutually exclusive because happiness is a state of mind whereas intelligence is a scope of mind. The more you know, the more you seek, the harder your life becomes.
Realizing when someone is telling a lie based on their body language or facial expression, understanding the complexities of social frustrations, and a plethora of other things may seem like a great gift to some, but in reality, this awareness might be more troubling than just a gift.
Hearing people whine about how their life is “unfair” when they do nothing to change their projected path?
Knowing that the part of the problem is their ignorance (because they can’t see that) -and it is part of your intelligence (because you can.) You understand the varied differences in life and what each event or decision may unfold.
If you think you have raised the bar with your intelligence, chances are you are struggling to keep happy.
Here 7 Reasons Why Highly Intelligent People Struggle To Find Happiness In Life
1. They tend to overanalyze and overthink everything.
It is rightly said, Ignorance is bliss. Overthinking makes the world look like a disappointing place occupied by the wrong people and unfair endings.
2. They want to match everything with their high standards.
They refuse to settle for less, they are sure about what they want in life, and anything less than their expectations fails to satisfy them.
3. They are too hard on themselves.
They tend to judge themselves continuously against the high standards and the high goals they have set for themselves.
4. They are advocates of continuous growth and are never satisfied with the present – as it is.
They always aim bigger, makes things better – adding effort even when they can just ‘be’ and relax. They hardly taste what they have earned.
5. They hate small talk and crave meaningful conversations, which makes them often misunderstood.
They often feel lonely and misunderstood as the connection they seek is rare, the depth with which they see things is often not appreciated too.
6. They have a high reputation to maintain all the time, which makes them constantly striving to achieve things and never let ‘be’.
They can’t and should never fail – as they are epitomes of perfection for themselves and others.
7. They are absolute control freaks which makes a lot of responsibilities and expectations land on them ultimately.
They are usually the ‘strong ones’ in a group – with zero needs and superhuman capabilities.
“All men who have attained excellence in philosophy, in poetry, in art, and in politics — even Socrates and Plato — had a melancholic habitus; indeed, some suffered even from the melancholic disease.” – Aristotle
“The intelligent mind knows everything but what’s good for it. The happy mind knows what’s good for it above everything.”
If you want to know more about why highly intelligent people struggle to find happiness in life, then check this video out below: