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The 6 Surprising Downsides of Being Smart

You may think being genius-level smart means everything comes easy. Actually, there are several of downsides.

Many of us think that life will be easier if our brains were just a little bit sharper and smarter. But if you look back at all the geniuses in history, you can’t say that they all led easy or even happy lives. In fact, many of them might even say that their supreme intelligence can be a curse.

So what is it that makes being intelligent such a bummer?

1. You know that you don't know.

1. You know that you don't know.

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That’s a bit confusing isn’t it? But being intelligent makes you incredibly aware of the things you don’t know, thus frustrating you because you can’t possibly know everything!

In a study by Justin Kruger and David Dunning, they learned that the LESS intelligent you are, the more you overestimate your abilities. Conversely, the MORE intelligent you are, the more likely you’ll think that your abilities aren’t good enough.

2. You think more than you feel.

2. You think more than you feel.

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There are many cases where intelligent people are more likely to rationalize everything instead of feeling. Thus the common conception that those with a high IQ tend not to have such a high EQ. The reason for this is likely that those who are very intelligent know that their smarts and not their emotions will solve the problem.

3. People expect a lot from you.

3. People expect a lot from you.

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Once people know you’re smart, they instantly expect you to be good at almost everything. This focus on success and performance typically lead to intelligent people focusing too much on succeeding as opposed to a balanced focus on other things such as exploring other interests or improving relationships.

4. You overthink everything.

4. You overthink everything.

The more you know and are aware of in the world, the more you look for answers. You may often over analyze things, thus making you think about the consequences of every action, every interaction, every word you say, and every person you interact with. And on top of that, you might find yourself wondering about your future, the significance of your life, and all those other concepts that philosophers wonder about! That’s enough to drive anyone crazy!

5. You may not learn the value of hard work.

 5. You may not learn the value of hard work.

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This may seem like a benefit since you never really have to work that hard if you’re smart enough to skate through everything. But the problem with being intelligent is that those who are smart usually never have to work hard to keep up with everything, and this often leads to poorer work ethic.

In fact, there’s a study that shows that how hard a person works is negatively correlated to certain types of intelligence. This means that many intelligent people don’t feel like they need to work that hard to accomplish what they want!

6. You annoy people when you correct them.

6. You annoy people when you correct them.

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This may seem like a minor thing, but intelligent people often find it hard to fight the urge to correct someone who has said something inaccurate. And since there are a lot of intelligent people who often put correctness over rapport, thus making them less popular among their peers.

Intelligence, while it has its many benefits, isn’t immune to the downsides. Can you relate to the problems above? Share this with your friends so they understand what you’re going through!

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30 Powerful Anti-Smoking Ads That Will Make You Think Twice About Smoking Again

According to WHO, tobacco “kills up to half of its users.”

We all know that smoking can be lethal – not only for smokers but for those around them. Unfortunately, convincing people to quit the habit can be really difficult.

In a report shared by the World Health Organization (WHO) on their website, we learn that tobacco actually “kills up to half of its users.” They also pointed out that about 6 million people die each year because of smoking.

“More than 5 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use,” the organization added “while more than 600 000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.”...

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The Only Japanese Survivor of the Titanic was Called a Coward for Not Dying

The only Japanese person who survived the sinking of the Titanic was shamed for not dying with the other passengers.

Masabumi Hosono boarded the Titanic on that fateful day, not knowing that this ride would mar the rest of his life. Hosono was 42 at the time and working as a civil servant in the Japanese ministry of transport. He was sent to Russia in 1910 to research the Russian state railway system. On his way back to Japan, he first went to London, then Southampton where he boarded the Titanic on April 10, 1912.

Masabumi Hosono survived the sinking of the Titanic and was shamed for saving his own life.

Masabumi Hosono survived the sinking of the Titanic and was shamed for saving his own life.

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On April 14th, the night when the Titanic sank, Hosono was asleep in his compartment when he was suddenly awakened by a steward in the second class compartment of the ship. He managed to get up on deck, only to see that the lifeboats were diminishing one by one. Hosono then began to prepare himself for his imminent death....

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Heartbreaking Video Reveals The Harsh Reality Behind Elephant Tourism

You will never ride an elephant again after watching this video.

We all love elephants. As kids, we all looked forward to seeing elephants perform on the circus. There’s always something exciting about watching these huge animals do their tricks. Growing up as adults, riding one is probably on your list when you go on vacation somewhere in Southeast Asia.

Unknown to most of us, however, is the tragic reality behind the elephant tourism industry.

Elephants are tor tured before they become “useful” for elephant tourism.

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