Joe Rogan on How to Be a Smarter Person And the Burden Of Intelligence

“I think some people have the burden of intelligence”

Joe Rogan is a UFC commentator, comedian, podcaster and holds a bunch of other successful titles that come with being a celebrity.

Portraying intelligence as a burden seems counter-intuitive. Generally, everybody wants to consider themselves intelligent in some form. One might ponder, what’s so bad about intelligence? Why wouldn’t I feel better about getting a higher score on my SAT? Yet there is a multitude of mental burdens that often accompany high intelligence. Not to say that intelligence and mental health issues are mutually inclusive.

Intelligence can be linked to Depression

Portraying intelligence as a burden seems counter-intuitive. Generally everybody wants to consider themselves intelligent in some for. One might ponder, what’s so bad about intelligence? Why wouldn’t I feel better about getting a higher score on my SAT?

Vantage point claims that statistics show students with a natural aptitude in humanities(music, drama visual arts) and to a lesser degree, mathematics and science have an increased chance of developing depressive symptoms.

More Likely to be Diagnosed with Psychological Disorders

Celebrities like Charlamagne that God speaking out, and corporations like Bell with their “lets’ talk” movement are helping to de-stigmatize mental health at an alarming rate. Now people are able to get diagnosed for mental disorders at a higher rate than ever before. Interestingly there may be a trend for intelligence and certain psychological disorders.

There was a study conducted using data from national surveys and the American Mensa Society to help demonstrate the commonality of mental disorders. The study tracked 3715 members which scoredin the top 2% of intelligence tests compared to the aveerage population.

The conclusion was that highly intelligent people were 182% more likely to develop a mood disorder, and 83% more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD. Surprisingly their 213% more likely to have environmental allergies, 108% more likely to have asthma. Looks like it pays to think.

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