People with high IQ find it easier to achieve life success and, in particular, social success than people with low IQ

Depends on the environment (I feel like I keep repeating myself).

  • High IQ gives you a boost to your skills, including social skills.

  • Depending on the environment, high IQ can also make you less compatible with everyone around you, thus making you play the social game on a higher level. Instead of "be social with people like you" that most people play, you play "be social with people unlike you". Maybe you spend the formative years of your life without having an opportunity to significantly interact with people like you.

If the first point applies to you, and the second one does not, great for you!

If the first point applies to you, and the second one does too... now that's a question of whether the boost in skills is enough to overcome the challenge of not getting the opportunity to play social games in the easy mode during your formative years.

To make it easier to imagine, consider this scenario:

You have two children with IQ 100. You let one child grow up among other children with IQ 100. You let the other child grow up exclusively among children with IQ 50 during the first 18 years of their life. Then the second child is allowed to freely choose their own environment.

Would you expect both of these children to have the same social skills, just because they both have the same IQ?

(In my analogy, the meaningful task for the "Mensa" of this alternative world would be to find the children of the second type and connect them with other people with IQ 100.)

Depends on the environment (I feel like I keep repeating myself).

Yes, because I can't see the meaning in this repeating. In the trivial sense, everything depends on the environment. In the context of this discussion, my point is that IQ is a strong factor that will be able to overcome some (but not all) environmental barriers.

high IQ can also make you less compatible with everyone around you

Yes, sure, so? People "unlike you" are the majority of the society, so if you learned to play "be social with people unlike you" this is actu... (read more)

Open thread, Apr. 18 - Apr. 24, 2016

by MrMind 1 min read18th Apr 2016176 comments

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