http://www.scribd.com/doc/8778/Why-Intelligent-People-Tend-To-Be-Unhappy It is a good article, but I don't like the lack of sourcing on some of the claims (that is a horrible habit of bloggers). I can think of several people in this guild that would benefit from reading it. A few items this article fails to address are: 1) Being raised by and with people with vastly lower IQs. Retarded is < 80, Average is ~100, Genius is > 120 . As you can see the difference between sets is 20 points. For people of average intelligence try to imagine what it is like going to schools where most of your teachers are retarded, they don't understand you and they don't understand why you lose interest in them. For people with extremely high IQs 160-200, even the geniuses look like retards to them, and that creates a tremendous problem with finding peers for social development. 2) Being raised in a society developed to keep the lower IQs behaved. A lot of our laws and cultural customs are the product of centuries of treating people like sheep. I was 12 when I fully realized that the law was something to be feared, but not respected. It was not aimed at me, and it does not take me into account at all. Morality, ethics, and other such institutions are simplified for the half-wits. Those of us with above average intellect will always be bored and unfulfilled if we let cultural norms restrict us. With that in mind, always remember that there is always bigger fish out there. The stupidest mistake many intelligent people make is thinking they're too smart to get caught. Remember that nearly everything DaVinci did was a product of exploring forbidden arts, it was his exhuming of corpses that led him to understanding muscle structure, which allowed him to greatly exceed his peers. 3) Reality is subjective. You live in a world where the dominant species thinks they are individuals while behaving like swine. This is the part I've struggled with most, personally. These individuals think they are competing, because their hormones tell them they are. They don't think they should listen to their hormones because they have their sacred scientific method... but their own science shows them they are not in control of themselves any more than a pig is in slop. There are a number of simple solutions to this problem, my favorite is: LSD, a lack of faith, Nietzsche, and a walk in the absence of the sacred. I have been ultimately very happy upon realizing that Aethistic-Nihilists and Theists are both wrong, decay is as beautiful as growth, restriction is the only sin, love is the only law that governs all life.