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I Think Intelligence Can Cause Depression and Isolation

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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 18-21, M 3 Responses Nov 18

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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

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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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    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

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    There's a certain degree of giving a f%#$

    that goes into not giving a f%#$. By saying you don't care if the world falls apart, in some ways you're saying you want it to stay together, on your terms.
    KCN33 KCN33 31-35, F 5 Responses Oct 15

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    "You wake up It's another day.

    Same old neighborhood. Same old neighbors. Same old wall that surrounds them. You're the only one who notices the wall. You start learning about it. Its size, its shape, its texture. You know walls are meant to keep things out. You climb the wall and look beyond it. All you...
    ArthosRavron ArthosRavron 16-17, M 2 Responses May 15

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    This caption hits close to home

    for me. As I've entered the early years of adulthood, I've developed this insatiable thirst for knowledge, and Ive come to value intelligence over almost everything else. Ironically, this knowledge that I acquire only sinks me into deeper despair. I'm finding it harder and...
    terrencehogan terrencehogan 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 17

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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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    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 19 Responses Dec 7, 2010

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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

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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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    HOUSE md

    Sometimes I feel like Gregory House. Not because I think that I’m as intelligent as he is. Nor because I have a propensity for anti-social behaviour, as he does. It’s because there are times when I feel that the world is populated by idiots and people that not only lie to...
    xxRoom101xx xxRoom101xx 41-45, M 2 Responses Oct 3, 2012

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    "Studies Show... Intelligent girls are more

    depressed Because they know What the world is really like Don't think for a beat it makes it better When you sit her down and tell her Everything's gonna all right She knows in society she either is A devil or an angel with no in between She speaks in third person So she can...
    thelastfirstchoice thelastfirstchoice 13-15, F Aug 6

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    I'd consider myself relatively intelligent

    sometimes and I'd say the complete opposite... For me anyway. Although I do see where the caption is coming from. If you are different to most people then it can be difficult and isolating.
    musicislife00 musicislife00 16-17, F May 15

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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 31-35, F 4 Responses Dec 15, 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 21 Responses Dec 9, 2009

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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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    When you know more then your counterpart it can

    be a little bit straining on you because its hard to find anyone that can relate and im just here to tell you that i can relate and that if you ever needed someone im here for your benefit
    heyyo1234 heyyo1234 22-25, M 1 Response Aug 9

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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...
    viavleiviax viavleiviax 22-25, F 5 Responses Mar 19

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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

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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

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    I need a co-writer for a realistic drama novel

    about a woman in prison. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!
    marcuscash marcuscash 18-21, T Sep 27

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    There are 4,409 members jt this group

    as of 4:23 a.m. on August 17th. I wonder are we all the brilliant tortured souls we think we are? There's got to be a few dumb narcissists in the bunch.
    LIZard0121 LIZard0121 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 17

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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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    PLEASE BE MY CO-WRITER FOR A REALISTIC DRAMA

    NOVEL ABOUT A WOMAN IN PRISON!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Blipsycat Blipsycat 16-17, M Aug 6

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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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    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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    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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    No doubt...awareness of all what is wrong

    and makes no sense...being witness of ilogic or lunatic behaviour.You get tired of being the only voice under eyes screaming WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!?! When you see nobody seem to see and understand what you see and understand...you hear the call: time to retire. Best way to...
    4biandu 4biandu 26-30, F Jul 20

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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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    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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    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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    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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    PLEASE BE MY CO-WRITER FOR A REALISTIC DRAMA

    NOVEL ABOUT A WOMAN IN PRISON!!!!!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Blipsycat Blipsycat 16-17, M 2 Responses Aug 9

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    Garrett1212 Garrett1212 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 3

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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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    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 5 Responses Oct 8

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    I'm a mechanical engineering grad student

    and over the years I've been groomed into a professional. Over time experts see and notice things that others would not. For example an experienced police officer compared to a novice can easily spot someone carrying a concealed weapon. Ultimately knowledge is a curse and very...
    RedScythe RedScythe 22-25, M 3 Responses Jul 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 3 Responses Oct 16

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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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    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 16-17, F 2 Responses Sep 17

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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 18-21, T 3 Responses Sep 21

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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 Mar 3

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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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    Yeahhhh, I think this is my problem.

    I am so intelligent it just leeches out of me. Because I am so smart, my mind is racing I every direction - nothing is hid from me, I see it all, know it all, and it's an overload of reality causing severe depression. Bwwwwaaaaaaaaa..... This is a bunch of cra.p
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Aug 6

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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

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    It's terrible. I'm TOO smart.

    I can't help but wonder about the existence of everything. Why does the universe exist? I don't know. It makes everything feel pointless. Everything. And it's torture.
    ChortlesOfDoom ChortlesOfDoom 13-15, F 3 Responses Jun 22

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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

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    I need a co-writer for a realistic drama novel

    about a woman in prison. Please help me.
    Blipsycat Blipsycat 16-17, M 1 Response Aug 6

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    Lol. Most of my loves had less.

    And coped. Wanted me to be happy more. But never had my coping flaws. So me knows brains make pain. Analysis. Humane ethics. Knowledge of how awesome we can be. All of those cause sadness. Because most rulers keep us animal. When we can be so much...
    OddlyScintilating OddlyScintilating 46-50, M 1 Response Aug 6

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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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