5 Struggles Only Highly Intelligent People Suffer From

Highly intelligent people might seem to have it better through life, but this isn’t always the case. There are several difficulties and challenges only they will experience. Due to how they are raised and develop, they can also feel isolated.

They Are Under More Pressure To Succeed

For people who have always done well academically, there can be huge pressure to succeed in a big way. The expectations of parents, friends, teachers and peers can be high and this can cause fear of failure. This fear can cause intelligent people to lose motivation and give up on their pursuits.

To overcome this it is important to have a well-balanced life. No one’s life is all about academic success, and finding other ways to value yourself can help you stay more confident and motivated. Focusing on the love of the work, rather than the outcome, can also help to keep a sense of perspective when things don’t go according to plan. In addition, intelligent people may need to practice skills such as communication and networking, in the same way that other people might have to practice math.

They Find It Harder To Make Friends

If they don’t have a good circle of likeminded individuals to call friends, then they end up alone, with nowhere to go and nothing to do. HI people can often be considered loners or introverts simply because no one gets them and they don’t fit in, resulting in little to no friends. They don’t mind spending time alone and they do love and appreciate their alone time but more often than not, it can get lonely. Making friends is hard to do for them for the simple fact that they aren’t good at small talk or spontaneous adventures.

They Suffer Paralysis By Analysis

Smart people can find it hard to make decisions because they like to analyse information and come up with the best possible solution. However, in today’s complex world, a ‘best’ solution is not always possible. This can leave highly intelligent people frustrated and paralysed with indecision.

To overcome this, it can help to remember that there is often not one right answer. If intelligent people can focus on making the ‘best decision possible with the given information’, this can help break the paralysis. It can also be of benefit to view mistakes as learning experiences that can lead to growth and better results in the future.

They Are Trapped By Their Intelligence

There are several instances of intelligent people feeling helplessly trapped by their intelligence. For example, intelligent people don’t typically have trouble understanding anything. If they attempt to teach someone and the person doesn’t understand, they can’t proceed. They find it difficult to empathize and lack desire to help others understand.

Additionally, others may resent intelligent people. Anything the intelligent person says sounds pretentious, when really, they’re just stating the facts. This make socializing unnecessarily hard.

They Find It Harder To Be Happy

Intelligent people feel cursed by their intelligence. They often think about the saying, “ignorance is bliss” and wonder if it would be better if they simply weren’t so smart. But by pretending to not be so intelligent, they feel like they’re not being true to themselves. All the overthinking they do on a daily basis can lead to anxiety in social situations.

Happiness comes from accepting the universe exactly as it is, but when you can’t help but over-analyze the world around you, it’s almost impossible to simply let yourself be absorbed by the imperfect beauty of what’s around you.

Obviously this doesn’t cover all highly intelligent people but most of them will admit and agree to so me of these struggles. In their quest for perfection and keeping with the status quo they often find themselves alone and lonely, struggling with social inadequacies on their own. Part of them desperately wants to fit in and another part of them is simply used to the way their life is and wouldn’t know how to change it anyway, though that doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t want to change it or enhance it, they’re just afraid to. They have come to realize and understand that they are definitely in a league of their own

7 thoughts on “5 Struggles Only Highly Intelligent People Suffer From

  1. I consider myself to be pretty intelligent and definitely over analyze and it does paralyze you. But if I need to teach something, like when I used to be a tutor, it was very easy to change my style in a short amount of time. If they were a visual learner and couldn’t understand what I was describing verbally, I’d draw a graph or storyline to help them picture the concept. I don’t think highly intelligent people can’t empathize. I think some are inexperienced socially and are unable to switch gears to help someone in a different way. Aside from that section, I feel like I fit everything else. Select and small group of friends, prefer time to myself, avid reader of many subjects and always trying to learn something new. I simply find that most people are rather boring to talk to but at the same time, it can be lonely when you really want that intellectual stimulation.

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