6 Reasons Why Intelligent People Stay Unhappy
In recent years, there’s been an increase in the number of intelligent people being treated for depression and anxiety disorders, with one study finding that nearly 80% of people suffering from mental illness scored above average on intelligence tests (1). If you’re feeling unhappy right now, you may have found yourself wondering why intelligent people are more likely to be depressed and anxious than their less-intelligent peers. Here are 6 reasons why intelligent people stay unhappy.
1) That happiness is in fact, an illusion
1. We’re told that happiness is what we should aim for in life. 2. intelligent people are often unhappy because they know that happiness is an illusion. 3. They understand that the pursuit of happiness is often fruitless. 4. They realize that happiness is fleeting and often leads to more unhappiness. 5. intelligent people also know that happiness is relative and often depends on others. 6. Finally, intelligent people are unhappy because they understand that life is ultimately meaningless. That our individual lives will come to an end eventually, with no ultimate purpose or meaning. That every decision we make can be reversed by another person at any time. Everything around us will change whether it’s death or just a house plant wilting. Intelligent people stay unhappy because they have knowledge of this inevitable fate and don’t see the point in trying to fight it with temporary moments of happiness.
2) Intellect doesn’t necessarily mean happiness
1. Intelligent people are often perfectionists. They set high standards for themselves and are constantly striving to meet them. This can lead to a feeling of never being good enough, which can be incredibly unhappy.
2. Intelligent people are often independent thinkers. This means that they question everything and don’t take anything at face value. This can lead to a feeling of being disconnected from others and the world around them.
3. Intelligent people are often creative. They see the world differently and are always coming up with new ideas. While this is a great trait, it can also be frustrating when those ideas don’t come to fruition or are met with criticism.
4. Intelligent people are analytical.
3) They have high expectations
1. Intelligent people tend to have high expectations for themselves and for life in general.
2. They often feel like they should be doing more and achieving more.
3. This can lead to feelings of frustration and dissatisfaction.
4. Additionally, intelligent people are often highly self-critical.
5. They may beat themselves up for not living up to their own high standards.
6. This can lead to a feeling of unhappiness and even depression.
7. If you are an intelligent person, it is important to learn to accept yourself and be gentle with yourself.
4) They are highly motivated by achievement, but not necessarily success
1. Intelligent people are often highly motivated by achievement. They want to be the best at what they do and are always striving to improve. However, this can also lead to a feeling of dissatisfaction if they don’t feel like they’re meeting their own high standards.
2. They are excellent at problem-solving, but this can also mean that they dwell on problems longer than necessary and beat themselves up for not being able to solve them immediately.
3. They have a tendency to overthink things and overanalyze their choices, which can lead to second-guessing and self-doubt.
4. They set high standards for themselves and others, which can often lead to disappointment when things don’t go as planned.
5) There’s nothing wrong with being happy all the time
1. intelligent people know that happiness is just an emotion and it will pass
2. they also know that life has its ups and downs and that there’s nothing wrong with feeling down sometimes
3. for them, being unhappy is a sign that they’re alive and human
4. it means they’re able to feel all the range of emotions that come with being alive
5. intelligent people also know that being happy all the time is unrealistic and that it’s okay to be unhappy sometimes
6. they understand that life is full of both good and bad moments and that it’s what makes life interesting and worth living
6) Genuine happiness comes from within
intelligent people know that genuine happiness does not come from things or other people. It comes from within. They know that they are responsible for their own happiness and they don’t rely on others to make them happy.
1. They have high standards and are never satisfied.
2. They are always trying to improve and learn new things.
3. They are aware of their own flaws and shortcomings.
4. They are introspective and think deeply about life, which can sometimes be depressing.
5. They are sensitive to the problems of the world and feel a deep sense of compassion for others. 6. They can see how unhappy everyone else is and this makes them unhappy too. Intelligent people often become happier when they stop comparing themselves to others and start concentrating on being better than yesterday!
There you have it, six reasons why intelligent people stay unhappy. But don’t despair, there is hope. Just because you’re intelligent doesn’t mean you have to be unhappy. You can choose to be happy, no matter what your circumstances are. So don’t let intelligence get in the way of your happiness. Be happy, be smart, and live a life you love.
Thanks for reading! If you enjoyed my post, I’d really appreciate it if you could share it on social media or e-mail with someone who might enjoy it too. As always feel free to leave any comments or questions below – I’d love to hear from you! And as a parting gift, here’s my favorite quote on how to live a happier life: You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. – Albert Camus