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I Think Intelligence Can Cause Depression and Isolation

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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, 2014

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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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    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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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, 2014

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    ForTheFallen ForTheFallen 22-25, M 7 Responses 1 day ago

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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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    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, 2014

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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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    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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    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 2 Responses Dec 15, 2013

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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, 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 1 day ago

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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, 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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    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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    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 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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    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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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 6 Responses Dec 15, 2011

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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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    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, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 Aug 6, 2014

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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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    I need a co-writer for a realistic drama novel

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

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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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    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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    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 31-35, F Jul 20, 2014

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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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    Garrett1212 Garrett1212 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 3, 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 10 Responses Dec 1, 2011

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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 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 4 Responses Nov 18, 2014

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

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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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