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Society, by statistical necessity, needs to focus on the majority. It needs to be built and designed for "the average". Society, by moral necessity, also needs to focus on the disadvantaged and disabled, helping those who cannot help themselves. But while the majority of society's resources, attention, and infrastructure is dedicated to average or below-average people, little-to-none of it is dedicated to the abnormally intelligent. And while having a high IQ is an overall net benefit in life, being a statistical intellectual freak is not without its drawbacks. Welcome to The Curse of the High IQ.
Whether you fall asleep during class, constantly ram heads with your boss, can't understand why people watch the Oscars, are an alcoholic, or are accused of having ADD, having a high IQ can be a maddening experience. What you see as the obvious solution is what the "normies" will fight against tooth and nail. Those Ds you keep getting in English? Your superior mind being held hostage by the boring and inferior mind of your teacher. And you'd like to start a family? Good luck finding an intellectual equal for a spouse. And so while the world obsesses on their own problems, no one is paying attention to the problems of the abnormally intelligent. However, that all changes now with Curse of the High IQ.
Curse of the High IQ is the first book specifically written for abnormally intelligent people. It identifies and addresses a litany of problems intelligent people face, analyzes them and provides solutions. But more importantly it aims to bring sanity to those who struggle with abnormal intelligence, especially those who are unaware they have it. So if you're constantly at odds with society, are suffering from depression or ennui, can't find any reason or agency in life, or just plain can't find any friends, consider purchasing this book.
©2016 Aaron Clarey (P)2016 Aaron Clarey
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1 out of 5 stars
By Josh on 08-02-17

Genuinely Horrible

Let me summarize this book in a few lines. "I'm a lonely, anti-social douchebag who blames my inability to connect with anyone on this planet on my fictional high IQ, and to prove it I'll refer to all people as being inferior to me, while at the same time offering nothing more than condescending and purely anecdotal evidence to try to convince you that this is the case". I cannot emphasize enough how terrible this book is. I was hoping to find something I could relate to. This tripe failed as miserably as the author has clearly failed in his life. Move on.

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1 out of 5 stars
By M-Dawg on 11-08-16

More like "The Curse of Being Autistic"

The author basically spends the entire time pessimistically pointing out the problems he sees in society while offering no solutions. Instead, he just hopes his readers will find solace in his explanation that society has these problems because we are forced to cater to the majority of people who have average IQs and we just have to accept that. It's literally just an endless list of complaints and the author comes off very whiney and arrogant. Very disappointing overall. This book should offer advice on how to relate better to people in order to fit in, have greater influence, and ultimately be happier. Instead, he just complains the whole time.

It is my opinion that the author has severe autism as it doesn't seem like he is able to relate to people he deems of average or low IQ. His endless rants also don't seem to serve any constructive purpose other than to show how awesome he thinks he is. It becomes painfully clear that he thinks he should be worshipped for his "high IQ," and doesn't understand why he can't get along with most "average IQ" people. He 100% attributes this to the fact that their lower IQ renders them incapable of comprehending what it's like to be him. This general lack of social awareness is a textbook autistic trait.

Don't waste your time with this book. I'm pretty sure he wrote it to try to get validation/prove that he has superior intelligence.

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1 out of 5 stars
By John on 01-31-18

Probably the worst book On Audible

The writer seems to think that his 138 IQ is some sort of disability. Referring to someone with an IQ of 95 as a retard is unacceptable. His view of education and teachers is so distorted and far from the truth.
My IQ has been measured at 151 and I think that gives me the opportunity to interact with people of all intelligences without being so judgmental or feeling superior. I don’t regard those less fortunate as “parasites” which is a word frequently used in referring to those on social benefits. I might ask Audible for a refund on this rubbish.

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By Gin and Tonic on 09-07-16

Not actually very clever

I enjoyed some of the caricaturing but was overall unimpressed by the absence of good data to back up very speculative arguments.

Bitter tone throughout. Being in the top 1% (the author by his own admission isn't) still means that 1 in 100 people are like you so you're not that rare.

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