Are you too smart?  

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Do you consider yourself smart? Perhaps you consider yourself slightly smarter than the average person? Perhaps you are way smarter than the rest of us and not quite sure why things are so hard for you? And now you are probably wondering how being too smart can be hard? Let me explain this in a little more detail because I am sure you might think life would be easier, happier, and infinitely more fulfilling if only you could rack up a few more IQ points, right?

Apparently not.


From my understanding and of a bit of research, smart people understand their emotions so well that they can even tell other people about them. What does affect them however is the relief they never feel when expressing them.

Sound familiar?

It’s a common problem for the verbal type because they use words as a smoke screen and the words they use can be very effective when their words are true. On the other hand, research shows less articulate people tend to vent through physicality. Can you relate to things like yelling, punching stuff, kicking things, screaming and other more positive things… like jumping for joy and dancing?

For smart people, they will explain and explain and once everything is explained... it’s still stuck inside of them. But only then, can it now be labelled as feelings.

Do you know the distinction between cognitive and emotional skills? Some interesting research suggests that high emotional intelligence compensates for low cognitive ability... well at least in the work place that is. More simply; people who are super smart might not need to rely on emotional skills to solve problems in life.

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know” - Ernest Hemingway


We all know this one. If you are super smart, people automatically expect the best… NO MATTER WHAT. This sucks because you have no one to talk to about your weaknesses and insecurities.

What’s worse is that you get into a more of a panicky mind set when you don’t perform up to what was or is expected.

In this book by Eileen Moore; Smart parenting for Smart kids, it says that parents are most anxious about their kids achievement when those kids are smart and already doing well in school. Which unfortunately can lead to more focus on what they do rather than on who they are.

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One thing that sucks for intelligent people is the fact that we can't help but correct you in casual conversation. What's even tougher is the fact that when you know someone said something completely inaccurate, it’s hard to choke the urge to correct or clarify.

And this is unpleasant because when you correct people each and every time to a point, people stop hanging around you and/or stop talking to you.

Do you consider yourself a genius? What is a genius?

In 1916, Lewis Terman developed the original notion of IQ and proposed the following scale for classifying IQ scores:

  • Over 140: Genius or near genius
  • 120 - 140: Very superior intelligence
  • 110 - 119: Superior intelligence
  • 90 - 109: Normal or average intelligence
  • 80 – 89: Dullness
  • 70 – 79: Borderline deficiency
  • Under 70: Definite feeble-mindedness

Average IQ scores:

  • 50% of IQ scores fall between 90 and 110
  • 70% of IQ scores fall between 85 and 115
  • 95% of IQ scores fall between 70 and 130
  • 99.5% of IQ scores fall between 60 and 140

Wondering where you fall into these IQ scores? Do you remember any of these guys? See their scores too.

Albert Einstein – 160 | Stephen Hawking – 160 | Galileo – 185 | Leonardo Da Vince – 205 | Wolfgang von Goethe – 210.

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What if the quest for genius is itself, a fool’s errand?

...if you consider that people spend millions on brain training and cognitive enhancers that try to improve those scores all the time.

At the time, as the new-fangled IQ test was gaining traction, after proving itself in World War One recruitment centres, and in 1926, psychologist Lewis Terman decided to use it to identify and study a group of gifted children.

The Termites

After combing schools for the creme de la creme, Lewis selected 1,500 pupils with an IQ of 140 or more of which 80 of them had IQs above 170. Together, they became known as the “Termites”.

Related post: Tips for working with smarter people

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