Kizyr wrote:What sucks about "being so smart" is assuming that you're "[so] smart" to begin with. I could continue that point, but it'd just be repeating what's been said over the entirety of the last page (er, the entirety that was worth reading, at least).
I don't know that it's so difficult to make that assumption. It depends on how we define intelligence, true, but I think by most standards we can agree that it is possible to place people into an intelligence distribution (with considerable possibility for error), and furthermore that it is possible to become cognizant of your own position in said distribution. Claims of intelligence are not congruent with megalomania in all cases.
Recognize that there are different types of intelligence, and that proficiency in school isn't the only positive trait that's meaningful. If you continue believing that you're smarter than everyone else (and believing that's what matters the most), then you'll find several things very difficult...
I'm not entirely sure that Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences is valid. He's not particularly scientific in his work, frankly, and he tends to draw a lot of flak from the academic community. I would also present the argument that intelligence attempts to describe a (wide) range of abilities and skills that are affected by a single intelligence "trait," without implying that all things are affected by that trait. The fact that intelligence has no effect on how difficult I would find building a house to be does not imply that intelligence is a bankrupt concept.
- It'll be impossible to work with anyone else. You'll get easily frustrated at your perception that other people just "aren't getting it" and that it'd just be easier if you did it all on your own. This kills your ability to work in groups, even when the groups you're working with are full of intelligent and hardworking people.
In my experience, one of the things that society is good at is segregating people according to their intelligence. If we take the very basic example of school classes, the students found in advanced or enriched classes generally are part of the upper half of the intelligence distribution. They may be even higher, or they may just work very hard, but these students are typically the sort that "get" concepts very quickly, either on their own or with assistance from their peers.
Additionally, I have been able to abandon the additional perception of that things would be quicker if I worked on my own, as well, because substantial anecdotal evidence from my own life shows the opposite. I admit experiencing this perception to some degree in early stages of my life, but I would argue that one aspect of maturation is overcoming this sort of mode of thinking.
- It'll be difficult to get away from those negative labels you perceive as getting due to your smartness. The more you make it an issue, the more other people will respond to it.
True, but a significant number of these labels emerge because other people perceive me as intelligent, not because I perceive myself as intelligent. And I think it's difficult to argue that these labels emerge because of anything other than a common perception of the labeled as intelligence, when labels like "nerd" emerge from academic or scholarly interests, high grades and test scores, advanced classes, or intellectual pursuits - all things traditionally associated with intelligence and the intelligent.
- It'll be difficult to recognize when other people are intelligent. Funny thing about the belief that you're smarter than everyone else... if you get used to that thought, then even when it doesn't hold true, you do some mental gymnastics to make certain you can still believe it. ("He just memorized the entire textbook; that's why he did better on the test." "He just sucks up to the professor, that's why he did better on the paper." "He got lucky", etc.)
I would suggest that most people who label themselves as intelligent do not similarly hold the belief that they are smarter than anyone else. I also think that the problems you mention about "mental gymnastics" are again a problem of maturity, rather than simply thinking of oneself as intelligent.
But if you keep up your believe that you're so smarter than anyone else, then until you actively work against it, you'll find it to be a serious hindrance later on.
We'll see. I haven't experienced this yet, but I admit my own youth.