What are the downsides of being highly gifted?

With a measured IQ of 132, I satisfactorily meet the criterion of high talent, but nevertheless got to know many “shadow sides” of the gifted.

The downsides can be summarized as follows: Systems are usually aligned with the (extended) average.High talent starts at IQ 130 – only about 2.5% of the population has an IQ of 130+ and no longer falls into the extended average.

Parents and family environment

My skills showed up very early on.However, since I was born into a very simple and non-educational family, there was a lack of support and understanding. Many were my ideas, theories, etc. as weird and “oblique”. My mother also said I shouldn’t ask so many questions.

The downside lies, among other things, in the fact that, as a highly gifted man of average talent and less talented, one often misses or misses.not understood.


The school is underwhelming very much.With us, the school lesson lasted 45 minutes each – I was usually finished with the tasks after 20 minutes. This sometimes makes it difficult to integrate into the class. Can lead to “bore-out” – also it can conditioned that you never learn to learn. For example, for a while, if I didn’t understand something right away, I assumed I would never understand it (and didn’t bother to work out the knowledge because I had never learned it).


Psychologist Leta Hollingworth postulated in the 1930s that effective communication can generally take place in an IQ range of +/- 30 IQ points (+/- 2 standard deviations)

High talent starts from an IQ of 130.For this IQ value, this means that the lower limit is IQ 100 and the upper limit is IQ 160. As a result, just under 50% of people are in this area. With even higher IQs, the limit rises accordingly, the number of people with whom one can communicate “effectively” decreases sharply.

Someone with IQ 100 (lower limit IQ 70, upper limit IQ 130) can beHollingworth “successfully/effectively” communicate with around 95% of people. This makes it much harder for someone with a higher IQ to find a “broad mass” in any area of life.


It is more difficult to cultivate friendships (e.g. because of the range of communication).One is often misunderstood, often also a lack of empathy is assumed. As a gifted man, one often “must” camouflage oneself. When talking about the IQ and the problems associated with it, it is very often perceived as a nod. One is often regarded as a stranger, because the theories and statements are not understood. Highly gifted people are also more likely to be depressed, which makes it even more difficult to cultivate friendships.


In the absence of appropriate funding, it may be that highly talented people “acidify” early in their jobs.For me, in my first jobs and during my studies, I struggled to take my superiors seriously, as they were often intellectually inferior to me. This has a great potential for bitterness if one cannot change into a conducive environment in good time (or ascends the career ladder). Also, I was severely underwhelmed in the first jobs, which could have led to a lower performance due to boredom, analogous to school. among some highly gifted people. The social challenges are similar to cultivating friendships.


It is often difficult to accept the home-made problems of society (… World Pain)… In many cases, problems have become apparent decades earlier.Personally, for example, I have been concerned for a long time with the issue of pension provision and how unsustainable the situation has been resolved. For me in Switzerland, the baby boomer generation lives mathematically at the expense of subsequent generations (they have paid less, are/were retired very early and have a very high life expectancy). The costs will explode, and future generations will pay it through lower pensions, higher wage deductions, and higher retirement age.

Also, a gifted man can analyze a situation according to all the rules of art.This is counterproductive in many places – as it seems better at best, but is usually seen as a personal attack.

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