For example, you wouldn’t have to study as hard for tests. You’d read about complicated concepts and instantly understand them. You’d be able to take on challenging but exciting jobs like rocket science.
All that may be true, but there are also significant disadvantages to being highly intelligent. To find out what’s so bad about being a near-genius, we checked out the Quora thread, “When does intelligence become a curse?” and picked out the most insightful answers.
Read on and find out what really bugs super-smart people.
1. You often think instead of feel.
“This is a common problem for smart people. Intelligent people often use their head more than their heart. This does not mean they don’t have emotions, they do but it becomes hard for them to express their emotions really well and to tell other people about them — but they never feels the relief of expressing them.
2. You might not learn the value of hard work.
According to Kent Fung, “Intelligence becomes a problem when those who have it discover early in life that they don’t need to work as hard to keep up, and thus never develop a good strong work ethic.”
When you’re highly intelligent, people assume you’ll ace tests and job interviews and even solve relationship problems
Smart people in most cases do not learn the value of work. Since they often feel they can get by with less effort than other people. However, a high IQ doesn’t always lead directly to success, and highly intelligent people may never develop the perseverance required to succeed.
3. People frequently expect you to be a top performer.
“You are automatically expected to be the best, no matter what,” writes Roshna Nazir. “You have nobody to talk to about your weaknesses and insecurities.”
Another unfortunate consequence of these unrealistic expectations? You’re panicked about what would happen if you didn’t perform up to snuff.
“This makes you so cautious about your failure that you cannot sometimes afford to take risks just fearing that what would happen if you lose,” writes Saurabh Mehta.
4. People often believe you’re a braggart.
Sometimes people assume that when you’re genuinely excited to share something you’ve learned, you’re really just flaunting your knowledge.
It’s frustrating, says Bill Vanyo, “when people say things like, ‘He thinks he’s so smart,’ or, ‘He thinks he knows everything,’ when you were only trying to be helpful, and weren’t ‘showing off.’”
5. You understand how much you don’t know.
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.
Writes Mike Farkas: “Intelligence is a curse when … the more you know, the more you feel the less you know.”