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Why do people with IQ greater than average tend to be more depressed?

I think when someone has a greater IQ, it is like having this special ability to read things and see things others can't. Usually IQ is high but EQ is lower. EQ is really important to be able to be happy and be less depressed. The other side is that, having a high iq with low eq, an individual tends to see that everyone surrounding them are not as capable as they are. They would feel that others are not that smart as compared to their own wits. They have this set of expected perceived IQ level of others which others must have in order for them to match. 

Having high IQ is a negative asset sometimes as it can make it hard for others to really be at the level of high IQ because not many people can be of that high IQ at all. It's like knowing the future that bitcoins and blockchain is going to take over the world one day, but when you tell someone, they just can't see it as you see. Then they continue on with their daily lives again. 

It's like we've got this ability to predict the direction of the wave that comes. Suddenly one day, we see it coming and we tell the whole village and no one believes us. It is really depressing. 

Intelligent people sometimes think too much. Think of all the consequences and preparing for it. Overthinking sometimes leads to less sleep and less sleep causes hormonal imbalances and at the other end, depressed soul. The irony is why is that a person has high IQ to think of different solutions but can't combat their own depression isn't it. Brainpower is important but having social circles is important too. 



Being uniquely alone in their cycle; people with a greater IQ are usually not what you find everyday in the regular walks of life, they're always like two out of every gathering of a hundred people, which is to say they're often scarce, and as a result of these they're always left alone ruminating on their theories, their ideas and prospects, suggestions and solutions to answers are always very queer and strange to people of average IQ, and as a result of this it hurts them to always see that people find their way of thinking and reaction very different, they end up being alone in their cycle not having anyone to believe their brilliant idea they end up lonely, sad and finally depressed, they're the kind of people the society terms as "nerds" and in some situation the depression may lead to suicide.

The society sometimes does not totally accept people who are overly unique; people with high IQs are always the introverted type, they've given so much attention to being wise and knowledgeable and as a result inculcated the attributes of anti-social behaviours, like not knowing how to Woo a girl, not knowing how to make or start conversation or being socially outspoken, this is normal for people with high IQ, because normally people with low IQ can do all these things seldomly and while a person with high IQ cannot blend in with the popular trend, it makes them totally different, in other words people see them for what they're not and do not actually see or care to know what they're capable of as a result this hostility drives them to depression.

In a bid to not be different, it's always people with high IQ that deliberately becomes mediocre in exams in other not to totally stand out because fellow students and peers may feel theory high grades are crazy and intimidated them for being overly brilliant.


Having a great IQ  is often a source of isolation, and isolation helps depression. Sometimes even provokes it. Isolation makes the intelligence turn against us, alienates, locks up and makes a circle around its pain. Nothing like to suffocate from within, no longer have the resources to act and get out of depression.

Without the dimension of isolation, a great intelligence is instead a resource to get better and find creative answers to its difficulties.

When one is very intelligent and depressed, one must relearn how to relate to others, exchange, feed on otherness as much as possible, relearn the basics of social skills and the pleasure of simple conversation. It is necessary to leave oneself to bring the Other into his head. It is at this price that our intelligence will become a creative resource and we can change our view of his pain.

To get out of oneself, to decentre oneself, to become again a body that moves and reposition itself in the world, it is the key to leave depression. It can be done with a big brain that carbides. But certainly not by being locked in, without external contributions and without relation to the other.


I guess they overthink a lot and that's what depresses them. People with a low IQ don't think that much, don't take risks into consideration that much and don't spin problems on every side of them. 

People with a high IQ have the required intelligence to think a lot and to make plans and arrange all the details and when things are not working they get depressed. The also make lots of assumptions and roll in their heads tons of scenarios of problems that don't exist or will never exist and that seems to create depression. 

It's funny but I noticed very often that less intelligent people are happier and don't get upset as easy as the intelligent ones. I guess they live the moment more and as I said at the beginning don't overthink as much as the ones with a high IQ. 


Having an IQ greater than the average is very common. Let's see, it's a media. It represents 50% of the population. We have another 50% left over!

Seriously, having an IQ higher than the average is very simple, really simple, really common. Another thing is that we speak of "high capacities" (2 standard deviations above the average), where, even being quite frequent, it is much less (Things of the bells of Gauss)

Do they tend to be more depressing? Not necessarily.

As I have answered in several answers, the biggest difficulty that people find the greater their IQ is finding people with a similar intellect with whom they can identify and feel comfortable. But this is pure statistics and the distribution of the population.

Moreover, among many gifted people, there is a well-developed social skill, and they are able to read people and make friends very quickly.

Another issue that I think should be highlighted, is the hypersensitivity, for better or for worse, that can make the problems magnify, and that can lead to depression. But a depression can happen to anyone, not only happens in the highest ranges of the IC.

And esque we speak of "people with CI greater than the average" as a homogeneous collective, and we forget that they are people. You can see two people with the same IQ and that they are complete opposite poles, because they influence many more factors than their IQ in their way of being, of seeing the world and of facing things.

If you want, we talk about high abilities and long-term giftedness, and the problems they can have with depression and its causes, but I do not think you can say what you say in your question.

It is too broad.


The more intelligent you are the more you figure out how to find some hidden meaning and see additionally measurement in likely typical circumstances than normal individuals can fathom. Canny individuals will in general examine everything inside and out in obvious points of interest to achieve a persuading result and can peruse individuals amid early cooperations which is extraordinary and furthermore awful on the grounds that you never get the opportunity to assume the best about somebody which confines your social associations prompting more melancholy and social disconnection.

The best craftsmen, artists, innovators and authors Vincent Van Gogh, Ernest Hemingway, Emily Dickinson, Einstein and numerous others since forever given somehow with bipolar/mental confusion basically in light of the fact that they see the world in an unexpected keen in comparison to average individuals do and in spite of the fact that it energized their innovativeness it didn't make them cheerful individuals in their every day life, remarkable scholarly capacity is frequently connected to bipolar turmoil instead of discouragement which prompts an alternate inquiry.. Are blockheads cheerful? Hellfire yes! (Thus the idiom "Obliviousness is an euphoria") Stupid individuals accept each circumstance for what it's worth and don't destroy their brains attempting to overthink a specific circumstance they don't search for answers and accept any data as told without further preparing.

When you endeavor to discover significance in existing, search for answers, for what reason would we say we are here, what happens when we bite the dust, does God exist? how did the universe exist? enormous or little inquiries your psyche ends up eager and continually working notwithstanding when you rest you can't close down your consistent search for elective thoughts you think best when you are distant from everyone else and begin to create comfort in isolation and being separated from everyone else with your considerations, your loved ones will name you as exhausting just on the grounds that your mind works at an unexpected higher wavelength in comparison to theirs you achieve a point where you say "Nobody is ever going to get me" and turned out to be more segregated gradually losing cooperation with everybody around you making ready for enthusiastic separation pursued by vacancy and finally sorrow.


Being especially alone in their cycle; individuals with a more noteworthy IQ are commonly not what you find standard in the standard strolls around life, they're persistently similar to two out of each gathering of a hundred people, or, toward the day's end they're routinely unprecedented, and because of these they're for every circumstance took off alone ruminating on their theories, their considerations and prospects, proposals and answers for answers are for every circumstance to an extraordinary degree fanciful and uncommon to individuals of conventional IQ, and in light of this it harms them to continually observe that individuals discover their viewpoint and response outright different, they wind up being far away from each other individual in their cycle not having anybody to trust their amazing thought they wind up sad, sad at last weakened, they're the sort of individuals the general populace terms as "geeks" and in some condition the wretchedness may affect suicide.

The general populace now and again does not out and out perceive individuals who are excessively excellent; individuals with high IQs are dependably the pulled back sort, they've given such a considerable measure of mindfulness concerning being skillful and insightful and thus demonstrated the characteristics of against social practices, as not knowing how to Woo a young lady, not knowing how to make or begin discourse or being socially direct, this is regular for individuals with high IQ, in light of the manner in which that as often as possible individuals with low IQ can do these things seldomly and recollecting that a man with high IQ can't mix in with the exceptional model, it makes them to a great degree amazing, around the day's end individuals see them for what they're not and don't for the most part watch or care to recognize what they're set up for in this way this antagonistic vibe drives them to severity.

In an offer to not be exceptional, it's dependably individuals with high IQ that purposely ends up sensible in exams in other not to totally ascend in light of the manner in which that related understudies and accomplices may feel hypothesis high appraisals are insane and crippled them for being irrationally stunning.