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I Think Intelligence Can Cause Depression and Isolation

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    Sadly this is true. Highly intelligent people

    tend to be loners.Not all of them are like that but I think majority is.. I think it's because they can't seem to find people to talk with or discuss important topics others don't even know about.
    deleted deleted 26-30 8 Responses Apr 15

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    I'm 13 and extremely intelligent many say they

    wish they were as smart as me but you don't realize what is like being socially awkward over analytical and taking the full blow of the world as a child.
    msg1501 msg1501 13-15, M 4 Responses Oct 16, 2014

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    I agree. The more you know,

    the more helpless you realize you are and the more hopeless everything seems.
    PendulEmPlum PendulEmPlum 18-21, F 2 Responses May 11

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    maybe it's true. Intelligent people often are

    more sensible than others, so they can suffer more...
    Enjoyyourlife Enjoyyourlife 26-30, M Aug 18, 2014

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    I have lived my entire life with people telling

    me how smart I am and how I am going to do great things with my life. My friends always told me they wished they could be a smart as I am. I have never understood it. Sure, I got good grades in school and I always have had mature views on subjects and I enjoy a good debate; but...
    heapograss heapograss 22-25, M 3 Responses Sep 14, 2014

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    I know so much I wish I was on my friends level

    of stupidity... I just sit in my room and look out the window for I am 16 and will complete collage soon..
    hollie2parker hollie2parker 13-15, F 3 Responses May 11

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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 18 Responses Dec 7, 2010

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    I need a co-writer for a realistic drama novel

    about a woman in prison. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!
    marcuscash marcuscash 22-25, T 1 Response Sep 27, 2014

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    They are treated so differently in society.

    There are so many more dimensions than just the competitive aspect. A fellow classmate was surprised when I told them I was failing a class, they were like "WOAH!? A 40%?! I thought you were really smart! That doesn't even fit you.." I ended up passing the class but I still have...
    4NeonFun 4NeonFun 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 17, 2014

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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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    I am trying to keep a positive outlook on

    things. I should really be pretty happy. My life is not a bad one. I have all of my limbs, and they all work pretty well. I still enjoy all of my 5 senses. I have family, although they don't live very close - I miss them really bad sometimes. But, I need to be a man and...
    milehighHeartbreak milehighHeartbreak 31-35, M 2 Responses Aug 30, 2014

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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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    Definitely.. Youre always expected to ace

    that test or act right in front of others or never get yourself in situations where you totally embarrass yourself in front of your others in the company of your family!! Like they forgot youre still a human being who would make mistakes and get in some really tight situations...
    TheLeftBehind TheLeftBehind 18-21, M 2 Responses May 12

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    adianoeta adianoeta 26-30, F 35 Responses Jan 3

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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 7 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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    I think it's really annoying sometimes

    when you have to dumb your self down so others can understand you. It gets frustrating at the least, boring and tiring. I hope to meet like minded minds, it gets very lonely sometimes.. : (
    Lifelover38 Lifelover38 22-25, M 5 Responses Nov 18, 2014

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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 9 Responses Dec 1, 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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    ever since I could remember,

    feels like I've been depressed & full of anxiety all of my life. I don't get along w/ many, feel empty. I've been in therapy, forced to therapy by my dad & others.. was almost sent to a psych ward. I attempted suicide multiple times but that's another story. Religion was forced...
    MsXXV MsXXV 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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    Definately the more knowledge you have the more

    you know what can hurt you, how much more there is out there that can hurt you, knowing too much is a pain.
    LifeChangedMe LifeChangedMe 18-21, F 5 Responses May 11

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    I'm not sure do I have high intelligence

    or not lol but 1 of my indigo friend and 1 friend who can read mind said " You didn't realized but you're actually focking genius." And normal people usually asking me how old am I after we've had long conversation in real life since like I was in mid school. I know I look...
    Sonoluminescence Sonoluminescence 31-35, F 3 Responses Apr 2

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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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    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 am constantly battling my own psyche to

    develop the motivation to continue life in general. I often sit back watching others in awe, believing that ignorance truly is bliss. I believe anything can bring intermittent happiness such as friends...laughter, but it is just that. Intermittent. A distraction from my...
    JackTheDon JackTheDon 18-21, M 3 Responses Jan 18

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    Statistically, people of higher intelligence

    tend to be depressed because they have come to the conclusion that there is no divine meaning to life; among other reasons, of course. As for isolation, aside from my social anxiety, I avoid people because I find them too stupid to interact with.
    dontyouunderstand dontyouunderstand 18-21 2 Responses May 11

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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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    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 1 Response Mar 9, 2014

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    Bucket Or Cup, Which One Would The Intelligent Person Choose?

    A visitor to a mental institute asked the director how he deicides which patients should stay or go."Easy," he said "we fill a bath with water and give them a cup and a bucket and then we ask them to empty the bath.""Oh I see," replied the visitor. "The normal person would use...
    xxRoom101xx xxRoom101xx 41-45, M 3 Responses Feb 16, 2012

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    kimy51 kimy51 51-55, F 6 Responses Mar 3, 2014

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    The problem with being intelligent at most

    people find it very intimidating. People always like to think of themselves as being intelligent at some level. When they meet someone that is smarter than them, it deflates their ego. Of course nowadays, not only do you have to compete with the other person, but their...
    NG725324 NG725324 41-45, M 2 Responses Jan 23

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    "Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest

    thing I know." Einstein with his therapist.
    Sonoluminescence Sonoluminescence 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 23

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    In my case at least it did.

    I skipped a year in middle school, I always scored high A's and my mother teaches at the same school as I went to. NOT a good combination. I recently decided to change schools, but the last 1.5 years have been hell. I've been bullied and verbally abused. I always came home...
    hannahvolk14 hannahvolk14 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 18, 2014

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    The way a lot of people act in groups really

    makes me mad...they think I'm the quiet boring one when really I'm bored out of my mind and repulsed by how desperate they're acting...makes me feel pretty alone...and then when they make patronizing comments to you LOL
    strawberryletter22 strawberryletter22 18-21, F 1 Response May 12

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    About 5 weeks ago I got rid of all my social

    media sites, besides this one. My grades have gone up but my need to socialize has gone down. I'm not sure how I feel about this. I know how things have turned the way that they did,and I have learned. My problem is that I'm to accepting and and look at others as humans...
    whiterabbit777 whiterabbit777 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 30

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    Garrett1212 Garrett1212 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 3, 2014

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    I often wish that I didn't think

    so much. Maybe then I could do the things that come so easily to others.
    0Anon0 0Anon0 26-30, F 5 Responses Apr 2

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    You know they say ignorance is bliss.

    I guess accepting the fact that your going to die one day is invisible to them. Well, for me, every since my dad died i've been seeing death everywhere. It is no longer hidden to me now. I see it in my own eyes. I feel it watching me from the inside. Just get it over with...
    Mojo51 Mojo51 16-17, M 1 Response Oct 30, 2014

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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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    I'm numb to reality I grew up in a abusive

    family where everyone is manipulative a-hole, I haven't gone one day without seeing a verbally/physical fight my house (mosty verbal). I also grew up loving science and anything to do with it, but about last year I became overly interested in the big question ( meaning of life...
    mydeadlife mydeadlife 22-25, M 2 Responses Dec 23, 2014

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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 22-25, M 3 Responses Mar 3, 2012

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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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    Hardly trying to keep my self from napping

    as dr. Ordered, to help my insomnia.. But its too hard since am not gettn my share of slp at nyt :(
    XXgirlXX XXgirlXX 26-30, F 4 Responses Oct 8, 2014

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    ForTheFallen ForTheFallen 22-25, M 6 Responses Jan 24

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    I need a co-writer for a realistic drama novel

    about a woman in prison SO BADLY. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM BEGGING YOU
    marcuscash marcuscash 22-25, T 3 Responses Sep 21, 2014

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    Actually, I was just reading about

    that in a neurology book. The brain is crazy...
    PuckDrop PuckDrop 18-21, M 2 Responses Dec 24, 2014

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