The majority of people on here like to think that they are of above average intelligence. However, according to multiple studies, being a genius is not all fun and games. I decided to put together some of the most common things wannabe Einsteins might struggle with and complain about.
1. You are expected to excel at everything
If you have a high IQ, nobody really cares if you think you suck at something. People sometimes tend to dismiss your fears and complaints, and say something like "Oh come on, you're smart, obviously you're gonna pass that test." They don't even consider the fact that you need more than intelligence to peform well at school or work, like determination, discipline, resourcefulness etc. Furthermore, people are dissappointed in smart people who fail. As surprising as it seems, even brilliant people stumble sometimes. The fear of letting down the people they care about can often drive them to be insecure and less risk-taking.
2. You might seem like a stuck-up smartass
People sometimes say things that are so wrong they make you cringe. Not surprisingly, the more you know and the smarter you are, the more this happens to you. It can be really difficult to surpress the urge correct these sometimes really bullshit claims. And nobody likes to be corrected, ever. Especially multiple times in a short time span.
3. Brain > Heart
People with a high IQ and substantial knowledge often think in a rather logical manner. It is not uncommon for them to favor to listen to their brains' logical reasoning, rather than doing what they would prefer to do feelingd-wise. This can be a problem, because even though a situation might be solved reasonably, the emotional response is still stuck inside, and a very logical person might find it diffult to express.
4. You don't know what hard work is
Now this doesn't apply to everyone, obviously. However, highly intelligent people ofte get by with much less effort than people of average intellect. This is especially visible the earlier stages of life, where intelligence can substitute for hard work. However, in university for example, ingenuity is often not enough. This might cause very smart people to struggle, since they might have never learned and appreciated hard work before. It can come as a big surprise that suddenly, they can't simply rely on their brain and need to put effort in to succeed.
5. Higher probability of acquiring a mental ilness
People regarted as intelectually superior have a greater chance of suffering from a mental illness, mainly depression. There have been many studies that suggest it, and it has been looked into since the ancient Greek era. Intelligent people are often quite socially withdrawn, which can amplify their depressive tendecies. Also, it's arguable that their more profound understanding of the world and it's problems can cause a grim outlook on life.
I'm by no means saying that being smart sucks. It clearly comes with a lot of benefits. I just wanted to illustrate that it has it's downsides as well. Also, every person is different. You might have an IQ of 160 and none of the things I mentioned apply to you. Or you might be intellectually average and be depressed.