An update to: https://aeolipera.wordpress.com/2015/09/04/high-iq-dysfunction-peaks-at-about-iq-155/, which refers to dysfunction.
Intelligence, when reaching the very highest altitudes, somehow reduces the frequency of genius; it has been pointed out that geniuses tend to have high, but not the highest intelligence; that those with the very highest I.Q.s are typically not geniuses. I do not know the precise mechanism yet, but relevant is my own finding that, in the high range, there is a significant negative correlation between I.Q. and 1) psychiatric disorders in oneself; 2) psychiatric disorders in one’s parents and siblings (which reflect genetic disposition); 3) disposition for psychiatric disorders as measured by personality tests.
Perhaps the very highest I.Q.s tend to go with just a bit less than the needed extreme conscientiousness and associative horizon (both of which are forms of disposition for psychiatric disorders)? Perhaps those with the very highest I.Q.s are too neurologically “normal”?
This possible limiting effect of the very highest I.Q. levels is something I am less certain of yet than of the other two thresholds.https://paulcooijmans.com/genius/genius.html
Genetic Studies of Genius revealed that gifted and genius children were in at least as good as average health and had normal personalities. Few of them demonstrated the previously-held negative stereotypes of gifted children. He found that gifted children did not fit the existing stereotypes often associated with them: they were not weak and sickly social misfits, but in fact were generally taller, in better health, better developed physically, and better adapted socially than other children. The children included in his studies were colloquially referred to as “Termites”. The gifted children thrived both socially and academically. In relationships, they were less likely to divorce. Additionally, those in the gifted group were generally successful in their careers: Many received awards recognizing their achievements. Though many of the children reached exceptional heights in adulthood, not all did. Terman explored the causes of obvious talent not being realized, exploring personal obstacles, education, and lack of opportunity as causes. Terman found that high childhood IQ was correlated with many great adult achievements. Participants in his Genetic Studies of Genius had adult socioeconomic and educational outcomes that were greater than what would be expected based solely on their childhood socioeconomic status.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Terman
Well over half of men and women in Terman’s study finished college, compared to 8% of the general population at the time. Some of Terman’s subjects reached great prominence in their fields. Among them were head I Love Lucy writer Jess Oppenheimer, American Psychological Association president and educational psychologist Lee Cronbach, Ancel Keys, and Robert Sears himself. Over fifty men became college and university faculty members. However, the majority of study participants’ lives were more mundane. By the 4th volume of Genetic Studies of Genius, Terman had noted that as adults, his subjects pursued common occupations “as humble as those of policeman, seaman, typist and filing clerk” and concluded:
“At any rate, we have seen that intellect and achievement are far from perfectly correlated.”https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_Studies_of_Genius
Jumping to the end for a moment, what I’m predicting is that the profoundly intelligent (at IQs of 180 or so) will appear to the merely gifted cohort (at IQs of 160 or so) to be ISTPs. That is, craftsmen who happen to do mundane things with great competence. That would include the most mundane thing of all, which is remaining alive, since IQ is a better predictor of longevity than smoking.
The basic, established pattern is that, in the vast majority of the bell curve from IQs 70 to 130, the general factor of personality rises with IQ. We’d expect a person with an IQ of 75 to be:
Closed-minded and incurious
Or, in MBTI terms a mentally unstable ISTP.
On the other side of the spectrum, we’d expect a person with an IQ of 125 to be:
Open-minded and curious
In MBTI terms, a stable ENFJ.
Above 130, all of these associations reverse except for Openness, which continues to rise with IQ. That means we’d expect a person with an IQ of 155 to be:
Open-minded and curious
In MBTI terms, a mentally unstable INTP.
I should note here there are differing accounts on the neuroticism aspect. It appears most likely that the difference is socially mediated by the times a person is living in. During eugenic times like 1930s America or the 16th century, a high-IQ person will be highly adaptive. During times like these it appears profoundly gifted people tend to be much better adjusted, possibly because their gifts are appreciated and they feel connected to human society.
Euler, for example, was a highly adjusted aristocrat and probably the #1 mathematician in history.
In 1760, with the Seven Years’ War raging, Euler’s farm in Charlottenburg was sacked by advancing Russian troops. Upon learning of this event, General Ivan Petrovich Saltykov paid compensation for the damage caused to Euler’s estate, with Empress Elizabeth of Russia later adding a further payment of 4000 roubles—an exorbitant amount at the time. The political situation in Russia stabilized after Catherine the Great’s accession to the throne, so in 1766 Euler accepted an invitation to return to the St. Petersburg Academy. His conditions were quite exorbitant—a 3000 ruble annual salary, a pension for his wife, and the promise of high-ranking appointments for his sons. All of these requests were granted.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leonhard_Euler#Personal_life
This suggests that his talents were appreciated.
Compare to Korean wunderkind Kim Ung-yong, who was so underappreciated he had to flee America and get his Ph.D twice.
He went to work for NASA, where he worked for ten years. In 2010, Kim said of his years at NASA, “At that time, I led my life like a machine―I woke up, solved the daily assigned equation, ate, slept, and so forth. I really didn’t know what I was doing, and I was lonely and had no friends.”
I suspect that the predisposition to normality has something to do with locus of control. It’s not so much that they can’t make connections between separate domains, as they can’t see domains as separate to begin with.
Average people tend to believe some tacit and naively realistic philosophy. Moderately gifted people tend to believe some conscious and creative reinterpretation of realism. Profoundly gifted people tend to believe an almost automatic anti-realism. The realism assumed by most people doesn’t resonate with them. And I need to explain what I mean by “believe” here. I don’t mean that someone engaged them in a discussion and are convinced by logic or eloquence that an anti-realist philosophy is true. I mean something close to experience, as we believe that a radiator is hot after we touch it. Realism is obvious for someone of average intelligence. For someone profoundly gifted, coming to that perspective represents a significant achievement.https://cjshayward.com/mindstorm/
And since everything is part of this giant holistic process of oneness where you navigate reality like a spirit journey, everything will feel like a sort of didactic dream of divine providence. It would be difficult to maintain the sort of analytic, “scientific spectacles” that would allow you to create a reproducible meme. Also, since you’re a prickly, incurious ISTP why would you want to spread a new idea anyway?
I think the best expression of this experience of life is the indie game Bastion.
Just that mechanic of the world assembling itself around you is very “gifted ISTP craftsman who reinvented steam turbines at age 5 without thinking about it”.
Furthermore, where the moderately gifted person has a “skill collection”, the profoundly gifted individual has what might as well be magic powers…Profoundly gifted individuals have been known to do things like reinventing the steam engine at age six. Some of them can walk into a room and in an instant infer what kind of presentation is going to be given, and what kind of organization is going to give it. They have been known to make penetrating observations of connections between vastly different disciplines. Some have written a book in a week. Others remember everything they have read. Verbatim. Another still has invented a crude physics and using it to solve problems before she was old enough to talk. It’s entirely plausible for a profoundly gifted individual to think for a few hours about a philosophical school he’s just read about, and have a better grasp of the assumptions and implications surrounding that school than scholars who have studied the discipline for years. Many accomplishments are less extreme than that. Some are more extreme. I said that they might as well be magic powers because they are no more believable to many people than levitation or fairies granting wishes. Moderately gifted achievements are envied. Profoundly gifted achievements are disbelieved, and one social lesson the profoundly gifted learn is that there are certain accomplishments that you don’t talk about… which feels the way most people would feel if people were shocked and offended when they tried to say, “I can read,” or for that matter, “I can breathe.”
These people do not think of themselves as having magic powers. Their impressive abilities are no more breathtaking or astonishing to them than our impressive abilities of walking through an unfamiliar room or understanding a children’s book are to us—and if you don’t believe that walking through an unfamiliar room or understanding a children’s book is an astonishing mental feat, just spend a year in artificial intelligence.https://cjshayward.com/mindstorm/ again
I can also imagine that the artistic choice, in Bastion, of making all the NPCs friends and family who were “frozen in time” in the big catastrophe represents the experience of profoundly gifted people interacting with other humans. On the one hand, there’s the sense that these are people you’re supposed to have relationships with. On the other hand, there’s the sense of deadness and inhumanity to them that gives you a feeling of loss, like they were taken from you. So you’re surrounded by these literal shells of people in the game.
The more I think about that game, the more it fits. High-IQ people constantly have dilated pupils, because they’re taking in more information. Woodley said they wouldn’t let him into a club once because they thought he was so high on something, but he’s never done drugs. In the game, you feel this way because the art, music, and voiceover are so psychedelic, colorful, and overstimulating.