I do not know if this is the proper website to post a thread like this, but do you ever feel insecure about your intelligence? I've had self esteem issues since I was a child for various reasons that I shall not discuss here. I,however, feel insecure around my peers. Despite having a 3.94 major GPA, getting into a Harvard REU, and being told by my close friends that I am very smart, I feel less than dirt. I feel as if I am looked down as a freak of nature for not having all the answers. For example, someone asked a question last Friday about quantum physics and I responded but my response was more complicated than need be. It wasn't wrong, I just did not trust my previous answer as it seemed too simple so I found a more mathematically rigorous way of solving the problem. Someone told me I was wrong, and then someone else proceeded to laugh in my face. I felt absolutely insulted. Similarly, there are a few intelligent classmates that I feel that I am looked down by. They have seemingly no willingness to interact or develop a friendship with me and in some sense seem very aloof towards me. It gives me the impression that they think poorly of me. I do not need to be friends, but I wish I felt a sense of intellectual and personal respect. These are the reasons why I feel intellectually inferior by my classmates. I understand most of these thoughts are motivated due to my sense of low self worth, but I feel it is not completely off base. While my situation is somewhat unique, do you ever feel the same and how do you react to your feelings of low self worth about your intelligence?