Many of you may know know this about me, but I am a genius. My IQ is 165. While this may seem like a good thing it carries A LOT of burdens. Like the following:
- Not being able to just relax- CONSTANTLY thinking about new ways to change and improve the world.
- Rarely being attracted to anyone, even outside of your demisexuality, because nobody is intellectually stimulating enough.
- Being appropriated by the Apple Store, who insists on calling it’s average-IQ privileged employees “geniuses”
- Seeing “Genius Blackface” like The Big Bang Theory get promoted every. single. night.
- People asuming that since you are a genius your going to spell everything right.
- People asking you for help with things because OMG YOUR A GENIUS YOU MUST KNOW
- Being turned down for jobs because you seem “too smart” and “hostile” and “not a team player” and even the kicker- “rude to men”
- People not explaining things to you because they think “You’re a genius, you don’t need explanations.”
- Having to remember your dreams ALL THE TIME.
- Being turned down in the dating scene because people are intimidated by genius superfats.
I’ll start off by saying that I’m not entirely sure I agree with the idea that above-average intelligence is oppressed or that average intelligence is privileged. I can really see both sides of the argument. I believe I understand what you’re trying to say, I just personally hesitate to affix those particular labels to those particular groups.
I myself have a measured IQ of 140. Not quite up to par with you, I suppose. But I do share those burdens to an extent. And I do struggle in trying to be partially normal. I mean, I look fairly normal. I’m considered more attractive than “average” but that has its own burdens. People underestimate my intelligence. “Oh… wait… so you’re actually, like… smart?” Which irks me, because I pride myself on and mold my life around being an intellect. A scholar. A thinker, if you will. It’s actually a little offensive. But I understand that people don’t intentionally offend me that way.
I guess I’m glad I don’t seem to have too much of a problem in terms of actually finding people attractive. My boyfriend is of average intelligence. I don’t really have a problem with it. I actually find it refreshing. I get to escape from my solemn and serious world with him. Not to mention how attractive he is. Phew. Haha.
Don’t get me wrong, though. I’m quite the sapiosexual. There are some people out there who I don’t find much (if at all) physically attractive but I find very mentally attractive. That has its own way of (mentally) getting me off, yes. But in my case, that’s not really enough for me. Maybe my standards are too high. But I can’t see myself in a physical relationship with someone who isn’t physically attractive. I know of one person with an IQ of around 150ish who is really disappointed about that fact, haha, but… well, sucks to be him, I guess. Just my preference. I think it would be worse to beat around the bush about it. I can’t pretend with those sort of things.
I also struggle with relaxation. I really don’t think I actually understand the concept, to be honest. I’m always thinking. Sometimes I wake myself up from explaining things in my dreams and just start explaining them out loud. I always have muscle tension. I just don’t think I’ve ever felt truly relaxed. Which is a burden, really. But I get by.
Perhaps it’s just me, but unless I’m immersing myself in science (or my boyfriend, I suppose, haha)… I usually don’t find myself to be “happy”. I’m usually “neutral”. Dysthymic, if you will. Mental illness is partially correlated with IQ, so it’s not surprising. But it’s a burden most people probably don’t realize when they call the top 1% (in terms of IQ) because they seem to focus on the idea that we know facts, can analyze, problem solve, etc. The world I’m surrounded by doesn’t run in my way. Not that I expect it to. But I know I can see and realize things other people can’t. And it can be lonely.
Just as a disclaimer, I don’t have anything against anyone with average IQ. IQ is not a perfect measurement and fails to recognize other types of intelligences that are just as valuable as intellect, if not more valuable.