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I Think Intelligence Can Cause Depression and Isolation

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    Depression And Isolation In Intelligent People Is Due To...

    Over thinking everything. Or the way I see it, noticing the full truth of everything and wondering what the hell is the point?
    Ronniroo Ronniroo 18-21, F 3 Responses May 16, 2012

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    For a long time, I have the tendency to isolate

    from others, living in my head and not making waves. Having my struggles, yet I didn’t want to talk to people because I often felt like “whatever you say can and will be used against you” and it seemed like I was taken to task. Lately I’ve been regularly talking to...
    zeeva70 zeeva70 41-45, F Feb 21

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    Look at the people who have the highest I.

    Qs, most are socially inept. I think they just are smart enough that they see it's a pointless and futile thing. Which also explains the suicide rates for them.
    httpdeathawaits httpdeathawaits 22-25, M 2 Responses Mar 9

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    DiveIntervention DiveIntervention 31-35, F 1 Response Feb 21

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    High Intelligence Combined With High Creativity Will

    1. Make everybody hate you because they appear to be lower and lacking skills; 2. You will always be alone as a consequence. 3. Finally you will have no other options left but to become something like a hermit one day. Only because this is not your world. 4. You can...
    Thought1 Thought1 22-25 32 Responses Sep 6, 2009

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    Just Anchored At The Wrong Place

    We need a sense of belonging, feeling a part of a group. We are social beings and do not tolerate isolation. We need to have roots, be anchored somewhere. But not "wherever." "Birds of feather flock together," and so they should. I've been isolated like that: having a job...
    easternpanda easternpanda 22-25, F Nov 11, 2013

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    That feeling that no one can understand you.

    Or others getting upset with you for so easily pointing things out that they find hard to comprehend. It's hard for you to admit in any form of modesty that some people act in hate towards you because they are intimidated. What's worse is when you're intelligent and beautiful or...
    appearoffline appearoffline 31-35, F 2 Responses Dec 15, 2013

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    What Happened To The World?

    I used to be able to spend my nights thinking about things such as string theory, or alternate dimensions, or quantum theory and a slew of other things that interest me so much. Yet now my long nights of pondering have turned into thoughts about the world, and the darkness I see...
    wanderingthoughts1 wanderingthoughts1 18-21, M 2 Responses Oct 11, 2012

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    Truly Intelligence Alienates Us From The Rest Of Society

    How true that statement rings...You can't fail to notice these type of things in the multitude of events that happen in a single day when dealing with others. I can't even name the number of times my knowledge has isolated me, or I guess a better word would be rejected, that  is...
    DiMaiosGirl DiMaiosGirl 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 3, 2011

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    soran13 soran13 26-30, M Dec 9, 2013

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    I may be quite. But I have

    so much on my mind.
    Ashh2 Ashh2 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 5

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    Over-analysis Can Cause That.

    We think too much about everything that goes on in life, and we're the ones that come to the realization that life is a pretty ****** thing.  It sucks and it depresses us.  We have less in common with most people, because we can't coast along in blissful ignorance after our...
    Discard92 Discard92 18-21, M 3 Responses Mar 3, 2012

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    The Ivory Tower Is A Choice

    The key word in this experience group is "can." It's important to spend time around people who think somewhat like you, regardless of your intelligence "level." Most people conceptualize intelligence in a linear way, numbers on an IQ scale. But it is being...
    EvesHarvest EvesHarvest 51-55, F 22 Responses Dec 7, 2009

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    1 Is A Lonely Number?

    One of my many teachers taught me that knowledge is symbolic to the number 1. He said knowledge ( 1. The state or fact of knowing. 2. Familiarity, awareness, or understanding gained through experience or study) is the foundation of everything we see before us today.1 is the the...
    klegend0 klegend0 18-21, M 5 Responses Feb 8, 2013

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    Who knows. Maybe lack of it,

    possibly we can only be intelligent in certain areas. To understand something or think you do, for how do you ever know that you understand? Unless of course it is a courseload of limited facts. Is it trying to understand too much? Being too much inside ones head? Self focused...
    jeresey jeresey 56-60, F 4 Responses Mar 3

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    I'm just a teenager ,

    but everyone says that it's easy for me because I'm intelligent. They say I'm to young to be depressed , but I am. I think intelligence causes depression , because I can't find anyone to relate to / even have a decent convo with. That makes me feel alone , which makes me...
    CrushOnPhilBrooks CrushOnPhilBrooks 16-17, F 1 Response Jan 26

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    I will tell you right now; I'm far from being a

    genius. But mother didn't raise a fool. I was lonely and had a lot of time to think about what was happening in the world. There have been times that I sat down and literally thought myself into depression. I sat there and thought about all or the children that die everyday from...
    FullMetalPanic FullMetalPanic 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 3

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    So, I am sitting here awaiting a visit with the

    med doc. Mind you, I have indigent insurance, which is better than nothing... With my young son. The lobby is filled with all walks of life, young and old, sick and a bit more fortunate. Its like a retro, outdated mint green spaceship, this reception area. The receptionist is...
    lotusrising lotusrising 26-30, F Jan 20

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    kimy51 kimy51 51-55, F 5 Responses Mar 3

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    Isolating Intelligence

    I have no problem believing that intelligence can cause depression.I don't like to brag about my intelligence... I'm no Sheldon Cooper, far from it the highest IQ I ever scored was 140.It can be very frustrating when people look at you as if your stupid when you say something...
    JohnneyBravo JohnneyBravo 36-40, M 1 Response Oct 21, 2013

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    I've always been the 'bright' one in my family.

    The 'one' that will go places. I've always had that pressure on my back. Last year, my life was at its peak I had the life I always wanted, the friends I needed and the experiences I will never forget. Yea, my grades dropped to average but I was happy. I felt whole as a person...
    silentbirdy silentbirdy 16-17, F 3 Responses Feb 11

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    Ignorance Is Bliss, My Darlings

    Studies show intelligent people are more depressed because they know how the world really is. Maybe, when it comes to life, a little bit of ignorance really is bliss. Better to not see life's true colors if you could help it. My advice to younger people? Hold on to your...
    deadmoon deadmoon 18-21, F 8 Responses Dec 15, 2011

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    Ignorance

    People do not like intelligent people because they are a threat. They can think which can upset the status quo. People do not like people who speak the truth just look what they did to Jesus. They resent it when you try to help them and can be really nasty and turn on you...
    libbyloo13 libbyloo13 56-60, F 9 Responses Apr 17, 2012

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    Couldn'T Have Said It Better.

    I struggle with fitting in with other people my age. It seems like being a 20-something in the year 2013 means you have to be unaware of money, other people, school, and working for a living. I have always been very smart. As a result, people have called me "stuck up," "weird...
    loveVSlust loveVSlust 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 25, 2013

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    Stupid People Are Happier

    I've put in way too much thought into this.  I can already tell you that at some point in this, I will contridict myself.  I believe stupid people are happier.  They do not have to deal with not being able to explain their thoughts to "normal" people or...
    Erinkidd01 Erinkidd01 18-21, F 20 Responses Dec 9, 2009

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    It's not like it's anyone's fault.

    No one has power over their IQ. And even if you're one of those who float around the average line, even if you're a scholar and apply yourself to multiple subject-matter, your IQ is still going to have some control over how you receive and interpret information. I think those...
    StormTheVixen StormTheVixen 26-30, F 5 Responses Dec 15, 2013

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    Hand In Hand

    What was the quote? Intelligence is just a step away from insanity? Something like that. I completely agree. I'm sure there's a better way to explain this. But it's like me when I over-think things. When you have the ability to see things with so much detail, you can drive...
    Girlonwire Girlonwire 18-21, F 6 Responses Jun 15, 2011

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    The Mind Is Its Own Worst Enemy

    I saw this group on a friend's list and realised that I do believe this.  She is a genuine person and so I trust this forum. Saying that intelligence causes isolation seems somehow self-indulgent or arrogant but how true that is. To be alone in the way I think about things, to...
    DumbLondoner DumbLondoner 51-55, M 3 Responses Mar 11, 2012

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    Ep Proves This Theory

    Everyone here, save for the panty-wetters and the cammers, are either extremely intelligent, extremely isolated, extremely depressed or, more likely, a warped combination of all three.  Intelligence causes us to mull over evrything, overthink, overanalyse, and also therefore...
    fadingvioletdawn fadingvioletdawn 18-21, F 10 Responses Dec 1, 2011

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    I'm not antisocial, I just can't stand anybody

    who is racist, or sexist, or a religious extremist. (I don't care what religion you are, but don't tell me that I'm a bad person, or that I'm going to hell for not believing in the same god you do.) Ignorance is my pet peeve. I'm not a violent person, and I don't like being rude...
    ThatOneGirlWithTheBlueEyes ThatOneGirlWithTheBlueEyes 16-17, F 2 Responses Jan 28

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    Garrett1212 Garrett1212 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 3

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    Anti-Social

    I am completely uncomfortable around anyone besides my husband. Even my family causes great anxiety. I believe this stems from severe low self-esteem and worry over disappointing. I posses the social skills to make friends but not to maintain these relationships over an extended...
    MrsCinnister MrsCinnister 22-25, F 4 Responses Nov 15, 2013

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    But I Also Thinks....

    I think Intelligence Can Cause Depression and Isolation, but i also think the person in such situation should believe in him/herself and in god that they are going on right track. And pl. try not to over think as it is not good for your mental health. Take healthy fresh and green...
    ABCDEF7 ABCDEF7 31-35, M 6 Responses Dec 7, 2010

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    ''Ignorance is a bliss.

    '' I've always been considered smarter than average, since the first years of school. I learned how to read, write and play keyboard by myself at the age of five, always got the best grades. Learning was too easy for me, no matter the subject. In school, until I was ten, people...
    MusselI MusselI 16-17, F 4 Responses Dec 13, 2013

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    Waste? When I was a little boy going to an

    expensive Catholic school, it did not take long for some of my teachers - mostly nuns - to notice that I was a bit smarter than most of their pupils. They used to tell me that I must be destined for "great things" because surely my Creator gave me this gift for a reason. Well...
    badbadbob badbadbob 18-21, M 20 hrs ago

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    Hi all, 24 year old male here in a very

    depressed and hopeless feeling currently. I was a really good footballer and basketballer and loved to do maths and study and that kind of thing. A Jock who is a nerd.. go figure huh.Never reached my potential academically because of my failure issues. Im an INTJ personality...
    CWill11 CWill11 22-25 1 Response Dec 4, 2013

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    The Burden Of Knowledge

    It is my experience that those with intelligence often pursue truth and knowledge. Knowledge is power, as we all know. But it comes at a price. You reach a stage where you know too much, or rather know more than you initially wanted to. This knowledge can be a heavy burden. It...
    Lullacus Lullacus 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 16, 2013

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    My Understanding Of "Intelligence"

    What is intellect, really? It is hard to define exactly what people mean when using the word "intelligent." Most individuals assume that, by "intelligence" we are referring to a person's IQ, or SAT score, which is very far from the truth in most cases. When I think of the word...
    LoveThyFate LoveThyFate 22-25, F 7 Responses Mar 16, 2012

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    Feb. 23. Strength. We don't always have to be

    strong. Sometimes, our strength is expressed in being vulnerable. Sometimes, we need to fall apart to regroup and stay on track. We all have days when we cannot push any harder, cannot hold back self-doubt, cannot stop focusing on fear, cannot be strong. There are days when...
    zeeva70 zeeva70 41-45, F 1 Response Feb 23

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    I Think So

    In my case, being somewhat intelligent in a hick town has proven fatal for any kind of social life. I can't talk to people here. I can barely understand what some of them say, their accents are so heavy. They don't like science, art, history or physics like I do. We don't like...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F 3 Responses Oct 19, 2010

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    I Agree

    They say a fool thinks of him self as a wise man. But the wise man knows him self to be a fool
    Lostangal Lostangal 18-21, M Nov 3, 2013

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    Ignorance Is Mystery.

    I've been trying to write this story for months. I've been having a hard time finding the right words to accurately articulate my point without sounding condescending and pretentious. But then I realised that what it is that I want to write about, is itself causing the problem...
    Subjugate Subjugate 22-25, M 8 Responses Jan 28, 2012

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    I remember there was an quote about this.

    But I don't think it's 100% true. Just because someone is smart and they're supposed to be able to know about everything and having that knowledge makes them depressed doesn't fully make sense to me. I just feel that it depends on the person and whether they suffer from any...
    vialeivia vialeivia 18-21, F 4 Responses Mar 19

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    The third word of this heading doesn't really

    apply to me. Because I'm not very intelligent . I can't spell , I can't read or write. Is this a joke you're thinking. NO, it's a joke, unlike my intended humour with most other topics. I don't want or need to attract others with similar feelings, because I can drown in my own...
    JohnCrighton JohnCrighton 51-55, M 1 Response Mar 3

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    Truth

    The truth is that there is no God and there never has been. The truth is that no one on earth really gives a damn about anyone but themselves. The truth is that it does not matter how good a person you are, it only matters what you can do for someone with more money. The law of...
    Pollix11 Pollix11 31-35, M 1 Response Oct 31, 2013

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    Fools

    "If your the type of person who's smart, I'll remain a fool for the rest of my life."
    Mojo51 Mojo51 16-17, M Oct 30, 2013

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    This Can Also Be Called...

    Depressive Realism is the proposition that people with depression actually have a more accurate perception of reality, specifically that they are less affected by positive illusions of illusory superiority, the illusion of control and optimism bias. The concept refers to people...
    LoveSpringsteen LoveSpringsteen 22-25, F 20 Responses Dec 7, 2010

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    Absolutely.

    I feel like pehaps the reason I have such a hard time making friends is because I set the bar for intelligence and wit too high. I feel like I see everything, and because of that feel more than a lot of people. Not all, but a lot of people.I get so tired of morons saying "Be...
    Lakie Lakie 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 2, 2011

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    Its statistics, the higher your IQ the more

    probable you are to be atheist and miserable. Every great man has been depressed during his life time. A hopeful fact to those of us in this hole but there have also been many more we have never heard of due to persecution. There was a Spanish man who proclaimed the heliocentric...
    passion4writing passion4writing 22-25, M 2 Responses Dec 15, 2013

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    I Hate To Admit This

    Somewhere along the way...I realized that I was smarter than most people I come into contact with...that is not to say that I am situationally cognizant of what is going on around me all the time. I zone out quite often. I can think at higher levels but am often not always aware...
    Hannah777 Hannah777 36-40, F 30 Responses Feb 9, 2011

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    But Do I Want To Change It?

    I have had 2 boyfriends who were not very smart. Maybe this sounds arrogant but it is just the way it is. Not everybody is smart, not everybody is beautiful, not everybody is honest. Humanity is diverse like that. Anyway, in the first place I enjoyed a lot the relationships...
    thinkandfeel thinkandfeel 36-40, F 10 Responses Oct 17, 2009

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    The More You Know...

    ...The more you wish you didn't some days. There's something to be said for membership in the happy idiot club.
    Suze2 Suze2 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 17, 2013

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    Low Expectations

    It is often that I feel that I have to lower my expectations of other people. I can't expect much out of people. Most people are judgmental, insensitive fools. These people annoy and anger me. I wish for people to change, but it is very difficult for someone to change an opinion...
    kawaiifishy kawaiifishy 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 28, 2011

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    Who are you to be deceptive and then past judgement barely knowing a person really some people can be real real sh**ty a**holes
    sweetsexy77 sweetsexy77 36-40, F 2 Responses 6 hrs ago

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