Knowledge is power as the saying goes and it is no secret that highly intelligent people have a leg up on others in their ability to obtain power, money and success. But being smart isn’t always easy and for many bright individuals, all that extra brain power may come at a cost – particularly in the realm of social life, an area in which the average person thrives.
Highly intelligent people tend to experience difficulty conforming with social norms and often struggle with things that others take for granted. If you are highly intelligent, feeling isolated and misunderstood by peers and family members is common. Here are some of the struggles typically faced by people with high intellect.
1. Small talk exhausts you
It’s not that you’re pretentious, but banal superficial chit chat is not your cup of tea. Intelligent people have an appetite for meaningful discourse that stimulates them mentally. They rather talk about ideas and concepts rather than people and petty gossip. Their minds are often teeming with great ideas and they crave a conversation partner with whom they can bounce them off. Intelligent people want to discuss profound and novel things of greater significance and importance. They enjoy complexity and exploring topics layered with nuance and hearing other’s perspectives on it.
2. You think more than you speak
As your brain is wired to look for all possible solutions and answers to a problem, it may take you more time than a person of average intelligence to give your opinion or draw a conclusion. Moreover, if you are not completely sure you’ve got the right answer or a brilliant idea, you won’t speak at all. Your struggle lies in the fact that most people around you are not familiar with the way your thought process works, and they get confused or regard you as weird, introverted, or uninterested.
3. Your job can easily bore you
The need for your brain to be constantly challenged with new, greater ideas and projects can turn your once exciting job into ordinary and boring as you exhaust all ways to be creative with it. This can turn into a day-to-day struggle to finish your tasks. Additionally, in most cases, your boss isn’t so sympathetic to your longings and just wants the job done.
4. You sometimes have action paralysis
It is hard to be a thinker in a world full of go-getters that appreciate action more than great ideas. As you are too consumed with different ideas, you may at times be missing the action impulse. Unfortunately, people tend to mistake this trait as laziness which leaves you feeling underappreciated.
5. You are considered socially awkward
As if those aren’t enough, your next struggle comes as a result of all the previous ones. If you are feeling uncomfortable during small talk, refrain from speaking if not sure, don’t get inspired by old and exhausted ideas, or if you feel more comfortable with ideas than execution, people tend to characterize you as socially awkward. Little do they know, this only puts more pressure on you making you feel more self-conscious about your social conduct.
6. It is hard for you to fall in love
Finally, your quest for love is slightly more demanding than that of average people. Since you are much more cautious, analytical and independent than the rest, you tend to get mistaken for cold and high maintenance. Additionally, you can lack spontaneity at times, which makes your love interest, lose interest.
However difficult your daily struggles may seem, you don’t need to let them immobilize you from growing. You can work on expressing yourself more to others so that they can get a better understanding of your needs. You will find some common ground.
7. You have few friends
An intelligent person’s brain works in its own way, and it makes a difference even in the way we treat communication. For people with above-average intelligence, social activity is more like a necessary evil than the essence of life. Most geniuses are loners, and few people understand and accept them. In fact, the more these smart people have to communicate with others, the less happy they feel.
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