What is the correlation between a high level of intelligence(I.Q. 140 and above), depression, and
suicide? What are the factors which lead to highly intelligent people having more likelihood to become depressed and commit suicide?
I am aware of this "theory" and all I have to say is, that theory is the height of ridiculousness . The very fact that these people with high "IQ" score choose to end their lives indicate they are not intelligent enough . Yes, like all the people they too might have problems but they should use their "IQ" to resolve their problems . Don't they have enough faith in their IQ scores to resolve these problems ? Suicide and IQ score are not correlated at all . Mozart had an "IQ" score of 165 . So why was he in debt at the end of his life? Didn't his high "IQ" score equip him to handle his finances ? James Watson had an IQ of 115 yet he discovered DNA .
There is no correlation between Suicide and High IQ and IQ is, well, something everybody should take with a pinch of salt . Nothing serious about it(IQ I mean).
"Ignorance is bliss" is a very old adage that often applies.
People with high I.Q.s and those who are very analytical thinkers are likely to find it difficult to "live in the now".
They're always trying to prepare for what might go wrong. Their biggest fear in life is being "caught off guard".
Another facet is they often come to see (birth, life, and death) as a meaningless game which always ends the same. You die!
Why continue to live? (They may want off of the merry-go-round)
They become cynical at times when they look at people who are laughing, playing, and enjoying life. "They're just too stupid or blind to realize how bad things are in this world!" they think to themselves.
In fact some people go out of their way to avoid being around "happy and positive people" because they seem too optimistic about life.
Whenever someone believes (they) have it all "figured out" there is little joy and surprise left in life for them. Most children will tell you they were happier when they believed in Santa Claus as opposed to when they learned he didn't exist.
Knowledge has a way of eliminating extreme highs and optimism. If one never learns to live in the moment they'll never feel true joy.
Sometimes it's best to focus on being happy right (now).
"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength." - Corrie Ten Boom
Frederick Douglas, an American slave that learned how to read, talks about this. He said that, "I would at times feel that learning to read had been a curse rather than a blessing. It had given me a view of my wretched condition, without the remedy. it opened my eyes to the horrible pit, but to no ladder upon which to get out. in moments of agony, I envied my fellow-slaves for their stupidity." In other words, a higher IQ shows you how messed up the world really is because it does not allow you to lie to yourself.
I can attest to this. I have an IQ of 130 and I generally felt more depressed the smarter I got as a teen.
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