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Ask Marilyn: How IQ Affects Life
Molly at the University of Colorado, Boulder, writes:
Marilyn: I'm writing to thank you for the article I just read in the Financial Times titled: "Is a high IQ a burden as much as a blessing?" I had been sitting on the couch pondering how my IQ, whatever that represents, has caused me to experience so much emotional isolation in my life. These thoughts have pestered me since I made the decision to start trying to have a child this year. It has made me think about what awaits that little person.
Without much expectation, I Googled, "is high IQ a burden?" and the article, centering around your life experiences, appeared. Reading it, a lot of things jelled for me that I had not put into those words before. My IQ is extraordinarily high, and it has caused equal parts sadness and joy in my life. But above all, I agreed with one of the last statements in the article, which quoted you as saying something to the effect that IQ is simply a part of our personality, what makes us who we are, it is part of how we enjoy the world in the particular way we do ... and that it need not be a tool. A fine tool it is, but it need not be a means to any end.
I also appreciated the part that quoted you saying that you had reached a point of peace with your intelligence where you felt that you were standing on a magnificent vista taking it all in. This really resonated with me. Thank you for sharing your experience.
You're so welcome! Readers can view the article here.