What it feels like to be smart

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What exactly is being smart? Does being smart mean having a deeper knowledge about a subject than most other people, a greater experience and better education? Or does it mean having a quick, receptive mind, capable of applying what has been learnt to solve complex problems? Whether it’s having an in-depth knowledge or possessing a quick mind, you show that you are one step ahead of other people at something. Therefore, what does it feel like to be smart? 

Smart people may not necessarily think they are gifted, but are often inclined to think that other people are retarded

What often seems easy and logically conclusive to a smart person may actually be very complex to most people. And since a smart person finds a concept easy to understand, and expects other people to see things the way he sees them, he may be inclined to think that there’s something wrong in the way other people reason, rather than realizing that he has an exceptional mind. Seeming impatient and frustrated, his actions may be interpreted by other people as being arrogant and disrespectful. The inability to understand the cognitive abilities of other people also makes it difficult for many smart people to become great teachers, because they are incapable of taking in and processing knowledge in the same way and at the same rate as most people. 

Smart people inadvertently intimidate others and seem arrogant, which they do not like

No one enjoys feeling that they are less intelligent than the next person. And smart people, by casually sharing their ideas may appear to be insensitive and showy, and are therefore likely to antagonize other people (an experience which they find particularly disturbing and upsetting). In order to be accepted among other people, they tend to be quieter and less willing to contribute their ideas to discussions, unless they are surrounded by people who understand and appreciate them. 

Most smart people feel insecure

You may think that smart people are comfortable being smart, but in reality they struggle with inferiority complex. Being the smartest in a room does not mean being the smartest in the world; however smart they are, there are smarter people out there, and this realization makes it difficult for a very smart person to appreciate his admirable quality. Smart people may sometimes think that they are not as smart as they think they are, they shouldn’t be making mistakes, etc. 

In addition, smart people may be lauded for their superior abilities, and therefore so much may be expected of them; they are forced to live up to high expectations. As a result of this pressure, smart people find themselves trying very hard not to fail, so as not to appear less intelligent than they seem. This can be very exhausting and narcissistic, and therefore lowers the quality of their life.

Most smart people tend to feel lonely

Social needs are met when two or more people who share the same views, interests, and values commune with one another. Most smart people are surrounded by people who are not like them, who do not share their interests in science, art, politics, animal life, philosophy, etc. It’s often difficult to relate with people who do not understand their interests, let alone, comprehend and appreciate their wonderful ideas.