High intelligence is certainly an advantage, but it is not the key to easier, simpler, happier or more fulfilled life. In response to whether intelligence can be a curse for some, psychologists explain that it can certainly have a negative side, which is confirmed by scientific studies. These are the disadvantages of smart people:
1. They often think instead of feel
Highly intelligent people can understand feelings very well, they think and talk about them, but the problem is that they often won't feel relief in expressing them. This is a common problem of very smart people, especially those who are people of words. They use words as a smokescreen. Less communicative and verbal people use their behavior as exhaust valve – they'll shout, throw something, cry, jump, dance.
'Highly intelligent people will talk about how they feel, and when they finish talking, all those feelings will still be captured," says psychologist Markus Geduld.
He adds that this is the key difference between cognitive and emotional skills, and although scientists cannot explain in detail how they are connected, it is obvious that high emotional intelligence compensates for low cognitive abilities, where extremely smart people don't have to rely on their emotional skills in order to solve problems.
2. Alone and insecure
In identifying highly intelligent people, society will expect more of them - to be the best in everything, regardless of the field, so they have no one to talk to about their weaknesses or insecurities.
Greater pressure of having to succeed is on them, which puts them under constant stress. This is evident already at a young age - children who are more intelligent generally feel more nervous.
3. It's more difficult for them to learn the value of hard work
It is a fact that more intelligent people will better distribute their tasks and get the job done faster, that is with less effort than it would take someone who is not so intelligent. However, intelligence does not lead directly to success, and highly intelligent people may never develop persistence that it requires.
'Intelligence becomes a problem when those who have it discover at an early age that they don't need to work so hard in order to be on the same level as the others, so they never develop good working habits', psychologists say.
4. It's getting on people's nerves when they are corrected
Regardless of whether it is a serious conversation or chatting, intelligent people often have the need to correct others if they say or claim something that is wrong, and that means that others perceive smart-asses who are strenuous to be with.
5. They analyze too much
People with high intelligence spend too much time on thinking and analyzing, and that way they can hardly help themselves. Too much analyzing brings excessive worrying, and even difficulties in making choices – the intelligent ones want to play safe in their decision making to make sure that they are not wrong, which in most life situations is impossible, so it is sometimes necessary to rely on your instinct.