Society, by statistical necessity, needs to focus on the majority. It needs to be built and designed for "the average". Society, by moral necessity, also needs to focus on the disadvantaged and disabled, helping those who cannot help themselves. But while the majority of society's resources, attention, and infrastructure is dedicated to average or below-average people, little-to-none of it is dedicated to the abnormally intelligent. And while having a high IQ is an overall net benefit in life, being a statistical intellectual freak is not without its drawbacks. Welcome to The Curse of the High IQ.
Whether you fall asleep during class, constantly ram heads with your boss, can't understand why people watch the Oscars, are an alcoholic, or are accused of having ADD, having a high IQ can be a maddening experience. What you see as the obvious solution is what the "normies" will fight against tooth and nail. Those Ds you keep getting in English? Your superior mind being held hostage by the boring and inferior mind of your teacher. And you'd like to start a family? Good luck finding an intellectual equal for a spouse. And so while the world obsesses on their own problems, no one is paying attention to the problems of the abnormally intelligent. However, that all changes now with Curse of the High IQ.
Curse of the High IQ is the first book specifically written for abnormally intelligent people. It identifies and addresses a litany of problems intelligent people face, analyzes them and provides solutions. But more importantly it aims to bring sanity to those who struggle with abnormal intelligence, especially those who are unaware they have it. So if you're constantly at odds with society, are suffering from depression or ennui, can't find any reason or agency in life, or just plain can't find any friends, consider purchasing this book.
Some interesting points
The main point of this book is people with high IQ (over 120) are different then normal and dumb people; and this is how to live with high IQ.
There is a persistent false dichotomy in this book of High IQ vs not; some might be great at math but bad at other things, few are globally rounded.
There are a number of experiences the writer and I share in educational and vocational areas; and I will agree but part of being an adult is getting along with people regardless of IQ. Yes there are people that will burn down the house to save it and yes they are often in charge but making an enemy of the boss and people around you is counter productive to any goal.
Also part of maturity is seeing that other people are different and however stupid their behavior is its counter productive to call them stupid.
The main problem I see is the libertarian agenda that is the yelling point thru out this book, I might agree with some points but painting everyone (teachers for example) as bad is hypocritical, by stereotyping whole groups, teachers, bosses, everyone in Wyoming as idiots, the writer does not help his cause, assuming it is to help high IQ people as the writer comes across as an a**hole, and so prove people who do not like him correct. He might be less miserable if you stop calling people names.
For example, he says Poor people manipulate government to get money from hardworking (smart people) up to 50% of their money…. really ? who’s smart of thats the case? and more over where is the proof.
Another theme is as time goes on society will get dumber; but hight IQ people can come from lower IQ people as IQ has a large number of genes involved with it and 50% of it comes from the environment, also let us recall IQ has to be recalibrated every few years due to the Flynn effect.
The last point is hammed in very hard, I feel passages on eugenics were removed before publication.