Among the more serious problems faced by the gifted is that of learning to suffer fools gladly: to tolerate in some reasonable fashion the unreasonableness of others. Mensans actually do this far better than they believe, and the reason they do is that few of them were ever subjected to a gifted
-education program. To learn to suffer fools gladly, one must have some of them in his environment on whom to practice.
In the final analysis, though, no problem is more severe or more long-lasting than that of social isolation. It is a problem seldom faced by those in the optimum adjustment range,and only a few Mensans have ever experienced its full force. For the person scoring above the adjustment threshold, however, the problem can be acute. For him, the problem of social isolation may indeed be insoluble. Except in large metropolitan areas, there may not be enough others like him in the same age range to compose even a moderate-sized class. The exceptionally gifted individual, therefore, must come to terms with a world in which heis unlikely ever to meet his peer. His strategy for adjusting to his world must include a stoic acceptance of lifelong solitude. For him, being a loner is not the sign of maladjustment it is for others, but a realistic adaptation to an intractable world. Nevertheless, being a loner does not preclude his making friends or caring about other people; it only means that he
will often feel like a visitor from another planet, or like an adult surrounded by children. He may love those around him, but he must learn that he is separated from them by a gulf that cannot be crossed.
There is nothing inevitable about social maladjustment at any IQ level. The risks may be greater at high levels, but they can be reduced by discovering their causes and doing something intelligent about them. Simply recognizing them for what they are is half the battle.
Some highlights from that article.
@Smash: I don't assert that I would trounce you, not at all. Intelligence is not static, and most games don't stimulate enough arousal to coax a sincere effort from me. So, I wish there was a game that I wanted to play with you, but I don't know of one. I haven't been able to actually enjoy playing games in a very long time now.
Besides which, I'm really not interested in proving myself more intelligent than you. I'll even concede that there's a good chance you are more intelligent than I am--at least you may be more consistently intelligent than I am (regarding it's fluctuating nature). As I said, I really just don't hold intelligence in particularly high esteem. It's certainly been little more than a burden to me for a good deal of my life. My point was only that it is by no means an inevitability.
Yes, there are, and they all disintegrate into in-fighting and goofiness.
So does the rest of the internet.
I wouldn't use forum behavior as a demarcation of adjustment.
Ok, now we're going to get slash fiction of Wint x Kachi somehere... rule 34 and all...
Never confuse your inference as the listener for an implication of the speaker.
Good games are subjective like good food is subjective. You're not going to seriously tell me that there's not a psychological basis for why pizza is great and lutefisk is revolting. The thing about subjectivity is that, as subjects go, humans actually have a great deal in common.