I Think Intelligence Can Cause Depression and Isolation

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    I feel that the more intelligent someone is,

    the more social skills they lack, or they may lack something else, I'm not saying this is true, this is just my observation. I know multiple people like this, who often get excluded because of their intelligence, getting called know it all's and 'nerds', since they get excluded...
    EnigmaticExistence21 EnigmaticExistence21
    16-17, F
    3 Responses Dec 22, 2015
    savoy2 savoy2
    46-50, M
    1 Response Jan 14

    They say ignorance is bliss

    and I completely agree. Yes, such awareness can give an edge but it can make you aware of things we don't to see.
    sardoniccat sardoniccat
    18-21, M
    1 Response Jan 5

    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
    56-60, F
    22 Responses Dec 7, 2009

    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
    Garrett1212 Garrett1212
    18-21, M
    1 Response Mar 3, 2014

    People can't relate to you.

    There's only so far you can simplify something for another. Finally you give up and retreat inside your head.
    savoy2 savoy2
    46-50, M
    1 Response Jan 7

    "Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest

    thing I know." ...Ernest Hemingway, The Garden of Eden
    savoy2 savoy2
    46-50, M
    3 Responses Feb 16

    I used to think so, but

    as I've come to understand that there are multiple types of intelligence I'm not so sure.
    jameson939 jameson939
    56-60, M
    3 Responses Jan 22
    savoy2 savoy2
    46-50, M
    1 Response Jan 18

    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
    3 Responses Oct 16, 2014

    It isn't that intelligence causes these things,

    it's just no one else is intellengent these days so it's difficult to be around other people.
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Jan 5

    "For years I'd had to keep my cleverness cramped

    and concealed - not because it was dangerous or forbidden, but because it had no useful function in my daily life. In the wrong context, cleverness is just an inhibiting clumsiness." from Clever Girl by Tessa Hadley
    xxRoom101xx xxRoom101xx
    41-45, M
    3 Responses Nov 30, 2015

    I feel that thinking

    or feeling one is intelligent rather than the actual intelligence itself is what exacerbates the depression and isolation because they'll just ignore people they feel are, well, stupider than them. I'm even guilty of it sometimes. And when depressed, you already think everyone...
    TwistedCognition TwistedCognition
    36-40, M
    1 Response Jan 5

    I can completely dissect every piece of an idea

    or argument and reconstruct in a more efficient way but I couldn't tell you one thing about someone's feelings other than what is made obvious by their body language. All the nuisance of interpersonal relationship is completely lost on me.
    apresm0i apresm0i
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Jan 28

    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
    tamashiishere tamashiishere
    18-21, T
    1 Response Dec 15, 2015

    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
    6 Responses Feb 8, 2013
    pbarn pbarn
    31-35, M
    1 Response Jan 23

    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, 2015

    It's difficult but seems to be the best way to

    limit my exposure to idiots.
    savoy2 savoy2
    46-50, M
    1 Response Dec 30, 2015

    Because people find that I'm hard to be

    understand and they always miss understood my intention and I’m not planning to be depressed anyway (。◕‿◕。)
    foodloverpeople foodloverpeople
    18-21, M
    2 Responses Jan 4
    ExploreroftheUnknown ExploreroftheUnknown
    18-21, M
    1 Response Dec 14, 2015

    The first time i was hospitalized

    for depression was when i was 18 yo. I was "formed" or put in against my will. You are "formed" when you are either a danger to yourself or a danger to others and do not go into psychiatric care willingly. I was suicidal. My first few weeks of my 3 month stay was spent with...
    netherose netherose
    46-50, F
    4 Responses Jul 21, 2015

    I sometimes say that "you learn to draw

    when you don't have friends" which is what I happened to me. I just became alone and isolated so I would just draw. I'm not an pro or anything but I'm far better than I was when I didn't have so much free time.
    MyMindHurts01 MyMindHurts01
    13-15
    1 Response Jan 5

    I like Aliens better

    than humans. I am pro Aliens and Robots because humans are so cruel and stupid.
    AbinaB AbinaB
    31-35, F
    7 Responses Nov 19, 2015

    I've found these social networks to be really

    good places to find compatible people: -twitter -EP -fetlife
    theuniverse89 theuniverse89
    26-30, M
    Nov 20, 2015

    I am always baffled at all the people

    who just want to "chill" and "hang out". I'm never really sure what those things mean because I can never turn my brain off. I try to reach out to new people, but I always feel like I am on another plane than they are. As if my mind is analyzing the world and creating all...
    GhislaineRain GhislaineRain
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Sep 21, 2015

    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
    1 Response Sep 17, 2014

    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
    6 Responses Apr 15, 2015

    So, this is something I always new.

    .. but not that long ago it ACTUALLY sank in. We all die. Everything that must live, must also die (even those weird creatures that don't age, they will eventually get eaten and die). We all live to die. So then what is the point of even living anymore? To mate and create...
    MerlinEmyrs MerlinEmyrs
    13-15, F
    3 Responses Jan 4

    Yes i think it can, if you are aware of

    problems in the world this can make you unhappy however if you are ignorant then you would not understand or care..and no i still do not think ignorant is good i would rather be intelligent and realise the error of specific things.
    YoItsYaBoyB YoItsYaBoyB
    13-15, M
    Feb 17
    adianoeta adianoeta
    26-30, F
    30 Responses Jan 3, 2015

    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

    it's hard to be an optimist

    when the facts are staring you in the face...
    kuronekko kuronekko
    31-35, F
    5 Responses Sep 19, 2015

    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
    22-25, F
    6 Responses Dec 15, 2011
    misssuppression misssuppression
    41-45, F
    8 Responses Feb 2

    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
    22-25
    3 Responses May 11, 2015

    The most intelligent people I know have mental

    health problems. I suppose intelligent people think a lot (maybe too much), and worry about things that many other people will not understand. Some people act like they are depressive, because they think it makes them seem intelligent. If it's obvious, that they are pretending...
    Vakuum Vakuum
    13-15, T
    2 Responses Feb 25

    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
    4 Responses Jan 18, 2015
    savoy2 savoy2
    46-50, M
    3 Responses Jan 13

    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

    I don't really think this.

    I just wanted to write this - Ignorance is bliss? Just saying.
    Thisis4fun Thisis4fun
    56-60, M
    3 Responses Dec 17, 2015

    Whoever said, "ignorance is bliss,

    " was onto something.
    savoy2 savoy2
    46-50, M
    4 Responses Jan 16

    I agree. The more you know,

    the more helpless you realize you are and the more hopeless everything seems.
    PendulEmPlum PendulEmPlum
    18-21, F
    1 Response May 11, 2015

    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
    15 Responses Dec 7, 2010

    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
    36-40, M
    5 Responses Dec 7, 2010

    It's actually scientifically proven

    that the smarter you are the more likely you are to have a mental illness...
    dinosandlions dinosandlions
    13-15, F
    3 Responses Feb 15

    I'm done arguing with idiots.

    It's depressing and unproductive. From now on I'll merely wave my hand in contempt and say, BAH!
    savoy2 savoy2
    46-50, M
    Jan 10

    High intelligence can make

    for a lonely life.
    savoy2 savoy2
    46-50, M
    4 Responses Jan 4

    "Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest

    thing I know." Einstein with his therapist.
    Sonoluminescence Sonoluminescence
    70+
    1 Response Apr 23, 2015

    who enjoys running? it helps me with my

    depression. I have not done it for couple of years but going to start again this year :)
    pbarn pbarn
    31-35, M
    1 Response Jan 23
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