Does having a high IQ have any downsides?


My brother has a very high IQ. I don’t want to say what it is but it’s absurdly high. He used to beat adults at chess when he was a child, and he’d take electronics apart and put them back together again before he even started school. He is gifted in math and science but is also a critical and creative thinker.

He has struggled with chronic depression and alcoholism most of his adult life. He stopped drinking but now he smokes cannabis all day to dull his mind. He uses humor a lot to cope with life. He has a very dark sense of humor, is very cynical and can see through people very easily, which makes him unhappy a lot.

Society likes people with a moderately high IQ, especially if they can memorize information easily and learn how to do things easily. People like this are often rewarded in life. People with an extremely high IQ are viewed with suspicion and disdain by society because most are some kind of a misfit. They simply don’t fit in because they do not think the way most people think. It’s not a matter of just being a bit better than others at taking tests. They cannot turn off their mind.

A good example is Marilyn Manson. The man is said to have an IQ around 150. He is a musician, performance artist and professional troll who has been trolling people for decades with his shock performances. He was trolling people in the 90s before trolling even became a thing. If you watch his interviews you’d be surprised by how articulate, thoughtful, humorous and sad he is, like even his trolling or music doesn’t bring him happiness anymore, and the drugs stopped dulling his mind.

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Christine Cameron-Dow
No matter how high or low your intelligence, you will flourish if you find your niche in life and perform to the limits of your mental capabilities. Even people with below average IQs can end up depressed if they are not stimulated and made to feel useful and productive. I have seen beams of happiness on the face of a person with an IQ in the 50s because she was praised by an occupational therapist for the lovely mat she was making. On the other hand, if an exceptionally intelligent child is not nurtured and helped to find his or her niche or passion, we end up with a depressed, introverted child. It's all in the mentoring, be it in the family, community or school. That said, children can be extremely cruel, and the discrimination against "nerds" is there and is very real, and it is for the adults in the community to step up to the plate and stop it, before an exceptional mind is wasted in non-performance.
Jul 25, 2018 5:15AM
Mike McEachern
The very bright people I've met are generally great to be around and socialize with. Superior intelligence comes with superior logic and this often gives those who are so endowed a greater desire to fit in with groups of various people. Pushing high-IQ children ahead by one, two or more grades to better serve their intelligent minds can have adverse effects by moving them into a social limbo where they lack maturity, high intelligence notwithstanding. The main downside to high IQ can be isolation and alienation brought on by well-meaning but misguided personal development.
Jul 26, 2018 10:56AM
Simon Barry Parkes
Common sense and intelligence do not always correlate 🤔
Mar 10, 2019 4:54PM
Karen Wallace
That's one person's take on the subject. How about some ACTUAL facts??
Jan 14, 2020 4:18AM
Susan Golebiewski
Sad stats.
Oct 8, 2019 7:25PM
Simon Barry Parkes, Nor are they compatible. I, and my cousin happen to be in the highly intelligent area and although I don't care to say much about anything about any subject he'd ramble on for hours about a question that merely requires a simple answer. That's it.
Sep 17, 2019 8:49PM
Elaine Daly
Simon Barry Parkes, You definitely need a balance, which l have fortunately lol
Aug 26, 2019 5:51PM
Elaine Daly
I agree whole heartedly Christine Cameron-Dow,
Aug 26, 2019 5:48PM
Tony Zoars
Yes. Dumb people don't like interacting with you. Bosses have a difficult time with you, Frankly it is not a gift worth giving.,
Jun 6, 2019 6:10PM
Cheryl Dymond
the BIGGEST DOWNFALL is being surrounded by idiots!(guess that fits with the misfit thing)
May 14, 2019 8:45PM
Anne Tyler
Ignorance is bliss
May 7, 2019 3:14AM
Dani Smith
My friend has a brother who is gifted with a high IQ. I hired him to fix my car when he was 15. He did a great job. He bought a beat up Cadillac and fixed it up at 17. His dad got him a great job as a computer geek in Dover, Delaware. He's thriving because people recognize his genius. I know I did.
Mar 9, 2019 7:28AM
There is no evidence to support this author's claims. An alternate explanation is that any difference from a normative tendency can have consequences on how one perceives the world and is affected by it. A lot of people have used the gift of high intelligence to improve their own lives, that of their family, and of society. Also, having a high intelligence has nothing to do with the ability to think more or less. One can have intrusive thoughts that are maladaptive to one's well being without those being intelligent thoughts.
Feb 11, 2019 5:21PM
Bob Gorby
Recommended reading: “The 7 Kinds of Intelligence,” including kinetic/athletic, Social, spiritual, etc.
Feb 4, 2019 5:10PM
Rhonda Hamilton McPhail
Most funny people have high IQ's. in my life, I was funny, good looking and kind, yet I never got asked out on dates. Men don't necessarily like women with high IQ's especially if they are in competition for job opportunities.
Jan 29, 2019 7:15PM
Jim Harris
It can be very frustrating.
Jan 20, 2019 8:55PM
Gerald Goltz
Your brother is highly intelligent unfortunately he is not very smart.
Jan 16, 2019 2:36PM

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