9 Surprising Downsides of Being Highly Intelligent

Surprising Downsides of Being Highly Intelligent

Except immediate ‘competitors’, people who are known distinctly for their beauty, or IQ, or athletic abilities, or art, or anything is largely appreciated and welcomed. But come up against someone who has a bit of intelligence AND knows a thing or two about art AND speaks well AND has a good degree AND has a decent dressing sense… and you start squirming. Smart, multifaceted people face more jealousy in the common society than experts do.

Looking to know more about the various struggles highly intelligent people face? Read Why Highly Intelligent People Tend To Be Unhappy

7. You understand how much you don’t know.

“Intelligence is a curse when … the more you know, the more you feel the less you know.” – Mike Farkas.

Being super-intelligent often means appreciating the limits of your own cognition. Try as you might, you’ll never be able to learn or understand everything.

8. Inability to relate to average people.

These people do not enjoy every conversation they go through. For this reason, they experience a serious feeling of loneliness. If they can’t manage to devote their lives to something, life is meaningless for them.

When they realize that they don’t carry the same worries as their peers, they choose to stay on their own. For this reason, these people have a tendency to go through suicidal phases.

9. Ultimately, you are alone.

Aren’t all of us? Well, not exactly in the narrow sense of it. Many smart people turn introverts. Those who do not, still have only a few friends they can count on. It is tough for you to find friends who are not with you for your smart solutions, who are not pressurized by your smartness, and who do not detest it.

It is tough to find friends who can push past the dominating presence of your smartness and discover the person inside you. It is tough to find friends who do not assume and suppose anything about you just because you are smart. Barring those few special people, you are alone.

Want to know more about why highly intelligent people lack happiness in their lives? Read Why Intelligent People Can’t Find Happiness

Being a very intelligent person has its perks, but just like everything in this world, it has it’s negatives too. If you are someone who falls under this category, then don’t be like everyone else; be different and pave your own path.

If you want to know more about the downsides of being highly intelligent, then check out this video below:


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