Is it true that higher-intellect people tend to have higher suicide rates, mental disorders, etc. etc.?
*fears for self* >_> lol
*fears for self* >_> lol
Well, of course it could be that even if high intelligence is positively correlated with increased risk for mental illness and suicide, the actual mental illness/suicide rates among the intelligent might still be rather low percentage-wise.selfAdjoint said:But if Goedel was paranoid, his chum Einstein was as sane as anyone can be, and generally speaking they don't have to put strait-jackets on Nobel Prize winners.
That would be very interesting. It may be that people at either extreme have difficult fitting in or dealing with others in society, so are more prone to the sorts of loneliness and unhappiness that can lead to suicidal tendencies (or exacerbate those tendencies).hypnagogue said:It would be interesting if both trends were shown to hold, in which case the average IQ range would seem to be like a safety pocket against comparatively higher mental illness and suicide rates at either extreme of the IQ distribution.
The trouble with that correlation is that smart kinds aren't the only ones who get picked on. So do ones who are too fat or too skinny, or have too much acne, or are too short, etc. Then, later in life a different set of problems kicks in that puts a different bunch of people at risk for depression: a guy with three kids gets fired, someone not paying attention rear-ends someone else at a stop light and gets sued for all their money. Your house burns down, and you have to move in with an alcoholic uncle who comes on to your wife when you're at work. Etc. I really don't think life stressors select people out by I.Q., and the more stressors anyone happens to accrue the more depressed they can get.Blahness said:zoobyshoe, I believe the stereotype of "Smart kids are picked on, the smart kids get depressed" stuff is what causes this, thus leading to the case for possible IQ to Suicide correlation studies, and me asking the question about said possible trend.
All because of a stereotype. >_>
If your referring to giftedness, creativity has been correlated with mental illness, that is people with schizotypal tendencies have been suggested to, have lower inhibitions related to proper social conduct, and this in turn supposedly frees up the any "inner" potential (usually related to the arts). However, this does not apply to all people with schizophrenic personalities, just those that already have some type of innate potential. Executive function has been tied with intelligence, that is the full expression of creativity, but it is easily disrupted as it relies on more than one area of the brain working in relation to the frontal lobe. Without executive function, most often times, the creativity may persist, but only for so long, before complete decline in mental functioning. Executive functioning relies heavily on motivation and intelligence.Is it true that higher-intellect people tend to have higher suicide rates, mental disorders, etc. etc.?