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Smart People Versus Not-Smart People

Posted on 2013.09.09 at 00:00
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I used to think some personality disorders managed to hide themselves from those who had them. I used to think this because people with very obvious personality disorders would tell me that there was nothing wrong them, that there was something wrong with me. The more I talked to people, and learned about them - the more they spoke to me about their near-identical personality disorders - I realized what the difference was: intellect.

Smart people conclude the way they think/behave is incongruent with reality, and choose not to continually feel at the mercy of themselves as if the entire universe were against them. When smart people know something is wrong with them, smart people seek help. From what I've read, various behavior therapies help to completely remove 90% of smart people's personality disorders and helps them successfully compensate for the last 10%. Conversely, its seems to me that behavior therapy decidedly does not help not-smart people at all. Mostly because not-smart people think personality disorders are bullshit.

Its a perplexing world we live in.

"The wise man doubts often, and his views are changeable. The fool is constant in his opinions, and doubts nothing, because he knows everything, except his own ignorance" (Pharaoh Akhenaton, c.1250BCE)


(Anonymous) at 2013-09-09 09:33 (UTC) (Link)

Интересует вопрос..

И в этот раздел запостил сообщение..
ehowton at 2013-09-09 11:29 (UTC) (Link)
Let my people go!
michelle1963 at 2013-09-10 12:08 (UTC) (Link)
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, slightly over 9% of the population suffers from a personality disorder. Spastically speaking, 9 out of every 100 people we meet has one. Reality-wise, it's very likely that everyone has run across one or two. I can almost pick them out - those who have a total disregard for the facts.

The NIMH defines them thusly:

Personality disorders represent "an enduring pattern of inner experience and behavior that deviates markedly from the expectations of the culture of the individual who exhibits it." These patterns tend to be fixed and consistent across situations and are typically perceived to be appropriate by the individual even though they may markedly affect their day-to-day life in negative ways.

It is a hallmark of the disorder that they fail to recognize the issue. That said, obviously there are those that do and seek help. So...., yes intellect.
ehowton at 2013-09-11 21:23 (UTC) (Link)
Ran across the following recently:

In a world where rapid change is the one constant, all received wisdom, including what is virtuous, must be regularly re-examined. Northing is a blanket prescription in a highly dynamic universe, Change requires, above all, adaptability, the ability to stretch beyond what you were taught or see beyond what has worked in the past.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2013-09-12 21:34 (UTC) (Link)
I realize I might be reading it too literally, I've recently been told that I do that, but did you mean to say "Spastically speaking" or statistically speaking? If it is spastically speaking, I hope you are able overcome the condition.

Edited at 2013-09-12 10:04 pm (UTC)
ehowton at 2013-09-12 22:09 (UTC) (Link)
ROFLMAO! Maybe she meant "Spatially speaking" as in a sort of non-linear way?
michelle1963 at 2013-09-13 00:43 (UTC) (Link)
Spatially speaking is your gift. :p
ehowton at 2013-09-13 02:03 (UTC) (Link)
Now you're just being spastic.
michelle1963 at 2013-09-13 00:42 (UTC) (Link)
LOL! I noticed the typo (thanks autocorrect!) AFTER ehowton had already replied to it. No way to correct then. That said, it did give me a giggle. :D
raingirl26 at 2013-09-28 00:12 (UTC) (Link)
Magnificent quote from the Pharaoh! I'm keeping that one.

Sometimes when I am doubting my ability to parent yet again- I remind myself of this, that it's the parents with no doubt that are probably doing their kids the most disservice.
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