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Too Smart to be Happy?
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Posted 5/23/08
What if because you are smart you can find better ways to be happy? What if you find smart friends that are a lot more valuable then ignorant ones? One can be intelligent, but if you aren't prideful and you apply your intelligence, you can still have fun.
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I've always thought of the paradigm between intelligence and happiness to be a result of the over-analysis that intellect tends to bring. Simply put, there is a lot of not-so-nice things in the world, and an increased awareness of such things and their overall functioning in society is detrimental to your overall world view, which can make it more difficult to be truly happy.

Now, intelligence is no guarantee that you'll face any less (or more) hardships than others, so perhaps the key is to simply try to focus less on the negative things, and accept that they exist?


Then again, everyone's brains are wired differently, and some just have brighter dispositions than others.
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Posted 5/24/08

hmmm...good question. I would rather be smart than happy because if your happy than you can do stupid stuff to become happy. You can hurt yourself/other depending on how you become happy. And is that happyness really happyness? I would rather be unhappy than hurt more people than one.


I go With tHIs....
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ofcurse you can be happy if you are smart !
Smart people has fellings to so they can be happy , everybody thinks different example: a boy is thinking of life like no meaning beacuse you justgo to school then you start to work and more , and after that you die, so he thinks it has no meaning to me happy ore sad ore anything at all.
maybe smart people thinks different to. in a smart way but that doesent mean that they can't be happy.
they are humans to , they are not different from oss.


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Intelligence and happiness are not mutually exclusive. I believe that the brightest people in life are able to look at the smallest things and be able to bring something out of it. Should they be able to appreciate good health, nature, and good society more than others? For each to work, large webs of interconnecting parts must work together to preform well. The intelligent should know that life is short, so enjoy, though not recklessly, what it has to offer.
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Posted 5/24/08
tested and proven.
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I'm pretty sure it's true. There are a few different reasons why...
-A psychologist named Dabrowskie says that the gifted are more likely to be neurotic.

-People with high IQ's are often misunderstood by those with average IQ's especially during childhood due to differing interests. Thus they never learn to communicate well.

-Existentialist angst


jellybean101 wrote:

tested and proven.


Really? Could you link me to a source?
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I don't want to come off as arrogent or showing off but I agree from experience with the too smart to be happy theory. I always was that weird kid. I have never had cable and watched only PBS when I was little. Because of that I had different interests. I was, and to a certain extent still am, fascinated by discovries in science, nature, and history. I actually developed a taste for shows like Nature and Nova (I still watch them periodically )
I guess because I was so caught up in it I never thought people might not like it and so I've always had trouble adjusting.
People don't treat you like an equal if your too different. A lot of people say that smart people are too arrogent and show-offy, when really I believe most of them are lonely and want someone with open ears to listen to them and they don't know any other way to reach out. I don't consider myself that smart. I just think I have a tendency to remember information (especially stuff I can imagine) and bring it back up. I have friends. Not a huge group, but a close circle. These people for whatever reason saw me as a human and not fact generator, and they are the best friends I could possibly have. Other people are not quite as lucky. Next time you roll your eyes when the geek you hate starts spouting of information, try to talk to them. Who knows, you might actually be interested in what he or she has to say, and you might just brighten his or her day.
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if your smart you can see more wrong and you become unhappy because of the wrong if your dumb you cant see it so you are blissfully happy

i would rather be smart as i am then be happy and dumb. The reason you can always make you self happy with things that intrest you, but you cant always make yourself smart
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Posted 6/1/08

X-ATMO92 wrote:

Eros... I really liked that answer. On a side note, I also thought about that episode of The Simpsons too.

I'd have to say that it doesn't always seem to me the productive and creative people are necessarily unhappy. To me, it seems like these people aren't unhappy with the world, but are either optimistic, ambitious, or inspired. Then of course, there are those who feel fed up and want to change things.

To answer the question, I would choose intelligence... with apathy. I don't say it's selfish; that kind of sums me up, and I don't think I could be considered selfish. When an intelligent person is doing what they do best, getting a sense of personal fulfillment (and probably some moderate financial gain), wouldn't that be being happy?


i agree with him...!!
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Posted 6/1/08
i got an IQ around 145,and I knew guys who had theirs in the 170s.We fitted in normally and had friends(though their friends were mainly nerds and mine were all types)
Posted 6/1/08
Anybody can be ignorant and live at the pain of others, it takes a REAL man to try to understand and solve problems that extend just beyond his own daily life.
Posted 6/1/08

digs wrote:

What if because you are smart you can find better ways to be happy? What if you find smart friends that are a lot more valuable then ignorant ones? One can be intelligent, but if you aren't prideful and you apply your intelligence, you can still have fun.


I think what he means is the smart person actually things about things which bring him suffering. People happily follow a god with no thought, he will pain and agonize over his existence. When you go to a store you see a shoe, he see the blood sweat and tears of a poor Chinese boy making 7 cent's a day, thats what I think he means.
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Posted 6/6/08
i don't think that intelligence would make us unhappy...it would make us happier because we would know more i the real world...yeah...
Posted 6/7/08
there are times when ignorance about something is bliss
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