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6 Problems Of Smart People Which Nobody Can't Understand

Naveen was Post graduated in Microbiology and have specialization in Virology.He works as Asst.Scientist in CCMB,India.


We usually think of the highly intelligent as people who are destined for success and given more opportunities than others.But what if there are some problems that are more likely to arise just because you are intelligent? According to psychologists and extensive research,there are some problems smart people are more likely to have.Before we begin, please do not use this to self-diagnose as this is not a scale for rating intelligence.With that said, here are six problems only smart people have.


Psychological Disorders

Research suggests that your intelligence can also mean an increased risk of you developing certain affective disorders.Psychologist and researcher, Ruth Karpinski,
conducted a study in which all of her participantswere members of American Mensa, a high IQ society,which requires all its members to have an IQ in the top 2%.The participants self-reported whether or not they were diagnosed with or suspected they had a range of mood disordersand anxiety disorders.Disorders reported included attention deficit,hyperactivity disorder, ADHD, and psychological diseases that include environmental and food allergies,asthma,and auto-immune disease.According to the study, this implicates high IQ as being a potential risk factor for affective disorders,ADHD, and for an increased incidence of disease related to immune dysregulation.


Night Owls

Are you frequently burning the midnight oil? Are you more awake while the rest of the world sleeps? According to researchers, Richard D. Roberts and Patrick C. Kyllonen, evening types are more likely to have higher intelligence scores. While being a night owl may sound like a good thing, and it can be, there are some downsides to working through the night. Firstly, your schedule is likely messed up. You work long hours throughout the night without getting tired, but because of this, you stay up through the night, and then you also have to get up early for work. If you don't get the necessary sleep, you may feel tired and groggy when you have to work during the day, or when socializing with friends. If your sleep schedule is off, you likely won't be feeling as alert and well-rested as your friends at 7:00 am, which means that morning picnic you all had planned, well, you may just feel that you need to cancel. You're too tired, maybe reschedule for an evening of dancing instead.

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High Expectations

Did your test scores label you as smart early on in childhood? Did this raise other's expectations of you? Even you may have these paramount expectations from none other than yourself. People expect you to succeed and achieve nearly perfect scores on all your tests because you displayed characteristics that deemed you as smart. So meeting these expectations may hang as a bit of a burden upon your shoulders. And those expectations ultimately cause you serious stress if you don't manage them effectively. It's best to take it one step at a time with whatever you do, look towards the future but don't be discouraged if it's not everything you thought it would be. Odds are a year or two from now, you won't be thinking about that A-minus on your geography exam.


Overexcitable and High Energy.

They're overexcitable and can have high energy. Have you ever had an intelligent friend who always seemed to be extremely intense and excitable in whatever they did? Do they go long hours without sleep because they're always hyper-focused or excited regarding their work? In the 1960s, Polish psychiatrist and psychologist, Kazimierz Dabrowski, introduced the concept that being highly gifted or intelligent is associated with psychological and physiological overexcitabilities, otherwise known as OEs. It's most often a sudden high energy towards a certain situation or topic. It displays itself in varying ways, such as a competitiveness, compulsive organizing, compulsive talking, impulsive behavior, and others. It's unfortunate that these OEs are treated as a problem by teachers or parents. Intelligent students and children are often mislabeled or punished due to unawareness about OEs. As research from the University Kebangsaan Malaysia suggests, gifted students who are frequently labeled as problematic because of their intense behavior should be given assistance and understanding in coping with their overexcitabilities.


Analyzing Excessively

They overanalyze things. Have you ever admired someone for their intelligence but notice they always tend to overanalyze things? Well, this urge to analyze likely has a strong link to their intelligence. This tendency to overanalyze may be connected to the hyper brain, hyper body theory, proposed by Ruth Karpinski and her colleagues. The theory connects being overly analytical to Dabrowski's psychological and physiological overexcitabilities or OEs. These psychological OEs cause you stress, and physiological OEs appear as a response to that stress, so as a result, over-analyzing often occurs. Let's say you receive a negative remark from someone you care about, someone who is smart and also exhibits overexcitabilities, may overanalyze the comment causing physiological OEs in the form of the body stress response, which means more stress and anxiety. They could be creatively imagining all the scenarios and implied meanings from this one comment, while another person may shrug their shoulders and move on.


Over Stressed

They can become super stressed.No surprise here. It was a long time coming right? With all the extra analyzing going on, it ultimately had to lead to this. It has often been suggested that smart people are some of the biggest worriers, no, not warriors, but hey, with all the stress they've been through they might as well be called warriors too. Karpinski's studies only add to this idea that those who have a high IQ and likely display overexcitabilities are often suffering from stress. With psychological OEs, people will often ruminate and feel stress about certain situations. Since physiological OEs appear from the body's response to this stress, when these two interact, it can cause both physiological and psychological dysfunctions. Stress, stress, stress. The truth of it all is the more you think and ponder on an idea, the more you may think of negative scenarios or problems, and therefore stress about them.

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