I guess I always try to make everyone around me comfortable.
If I'm around other smart people, I'll talk on their level, but if I'm with people who aren't so smart, I talk to them on their levels.
My husband is also very intelligent, and I can't stand to see him with his mother and his family. They just seem like they're lording the size of their brains over the far more inferior non-geniuses. It just grates. No one asked to be unintelligent. What would it possibly accomplish for you to make someone else feel like dirt?
I guess I just don't need that validation...I read professional journals, and I understand them. Before I quit work to stay home with my kids, I worked with PhD's and talked to them in their language, and knew what I was doing. I have had professionals in my field with their master's degrees and nearly 20 years experience defer to me and tell me I knew more than they did about the job. I *like* doing math puzzles. I pride myself on a big vocabulary. I just don't feel the need to announce it from the hilltops.