6 Reasons Why People With High IQs Tend To Be Socially Inept
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Most of us are familiar with the stereotypical highly intelligent and socially inept characters on our favorite TV shows and movies. Characters like Sherlock Holmes, Sheldon Cooper, Dr. Gregory House, although fictional, reflect traits of people that exist in reality. You may have even noticed that your genius classmate also has trouble socializing or forming relationships with the people around them. So why does this happen? We’re not exactly sure if there is a specific causative factor but listed below are six possible reasons that could explain this trend.
1. Correlation Between Intelligence And Introversion
There exists limited evidence that indicate a correlation between intelligence and introversion. Some studies suggest that it could be possible that people with extremely high IQs prefer to socialize lesser and need their alone time to recharge. This is not to say that every person with a high IQ should be considered to be socially deficient nor should every socially popular person be considered to be less intelligent. The relationship between intelligence and introversion-extroversion is one that is complex and requires more extensive research.
2. Less Likely To Participate In Activities That Improve Their Social Skills
People generally prefer participating in activities that stimulate their interests. For individuals with a high IQ, these activities are more likely to be academic discussions that challenge their intellect rather than conventional socializing activities like a party which may largely involve small talk. Small talk is a large part of the socializing process and is one that people with high IQs are less likely to participate in. They may find small talk to be extremely redundant and tiresome.
3. More Likely To Have Been Bullied In School
Individuals with high IQs are more likely to have been bullied or made fun of by their peers in school. This may have resulted in trauma or fear at the thought of socializing in their adult life. The resentment held by their peers may have pushed them to distance themselves from emotional relationships with people. It is possible that their past experiences may have lead them to perceive people from a cynical standpoint.
4. More Likely To Have Esoteric Interests
People with high IQs are more likely to have esoteric interests that most other people don’t relate to or don’t know about. They may not be interested in mainstream or conventional topics of discussion and this places a large limitation on the number of people they have a conversation with.
5. May Appear Arrogant Or Condescending To Other People
Whether they are or aren’t actually condescending, they may appear to be as a result of their highly logical and critical views. Their extreme rationality might make it seem like they disregard people’s emotions and feelings. They may not do this intentionally but their gifted ability to perceive things analytically might not leave much room for empathetic thinking or feeling.
6. More Likely To Suffer From GAD
Several studies have found that people with higher IQs are more likely to suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder. GAD is characterized by ongoing anxiety which ultimately begins to interfere with an individual’s life and daily functioning. The symptoms of this disorder include panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder, and social anxiety among several others. Their social anxiety may negatively impact the quality of the relationships they form and their ability to form them in the first place.
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