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IQ and mental illness January 04, 2005 5:30 PM

Anyone have any information about potential relationships between high IQ and mental illness?  [ send green star]
Yes, There does seem to be a link January 04, 2005 8:46 PM

Few Examples

Idiosyncratic Einstein 

His IQ?   Nearly off the charts

But he couldn't tie his shoes, never learned how.

There does seem to be a link.

Code: IDI - Disorder: Schizotypal,  Code: SOL -  Disorder: Schizoid,  Schizophrenia
Any of these usually has a very high IQ behind it.

The people are off the charts with their IQ.
But pure idiots when it comes to common sense.
They are usually loners, And think the world is out to get them.

The Unibomber Manifesto
The Unibomber Manifesto. INTRODUCTION. 1. The Industrial Revolution and
its consequences have been a disaster for the human race. ... - 101k - Jan 3, 2005 - Cached - Similar pages

All about Timothy McVeigh: The Oklahoma Bomber by Ted Ottley
BOMBER. By Ted Ottley. Bad Day Dawning. Timothy McVeigh (AP). ... - 76k - Cached - Similar pages

Tim McVeigh: An All-American Execution
... A big fan of macho action films like "Rambo," McVeigh had come of age in upstate ...
He was an above-average student with an IQ of 126 who found few job prospects ... - 22k - Cached - Similar pages

They are usually unclean, Cluttered living space, can't hold down a job, can't take care of themselves...  etc...

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Great stuff! January 20, 2005 8:30 AM


Once again, you've found some really interesting things for reading. These are great! You must be a whiz at the Internet!


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 January 21, 2005 12:09 PM

As a teacher, I have mixed views about 'IQ' - but that's not to say that these numbers are completely insignificant - they can be useful, in context. I am recovering from complex-ptsd (could barely leave the house for three years with crippling symptoms, including thought disorders, dissociation, etc.) During the height of my illness, I was tested and my score jumped over 20 points from my pre-illness state. While I can't definitively explain why, (I'm not an educational psychologist), I believe that it is because certain parts of my brain were functioning less optimally, while others 'opened up' to compensate - allowing me to perceive things from angles that I was previously unaware of. Just my two cents ... Peace, Kali  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
IQ and mental illness January 25, 2005 2:40 PM

I dunno bout terming it "mental illness", but I do find that my emotion level (deep feelings both positive & negative)   sometimes surpasses my intelligence level.    (:

I know of two extremely intelligent males, who have the  almost opposite emotional that they have exhibited extremely cold attitudes, and disregard of other people's feelings, plus a "superiority complex".    One deliberately lies a lot, and then has disdain for those who arent "smart" enough to suss it. yet explodes if somone catches him out. 

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Test? January 25, 2005 3:41 PM


What test did you do when you were ill? Unsupervised non-Mensa tests are notoriously inconsistent.

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Kali January 29, 2005 8:40 AM

First off, I hope you are doing better now. My mother-in-law suffered from agoraphobia, panic attacks, depression and I know how difficult it was for her.

What/where do you teach and where did you get your degree? I'm just always.

Side note: If any members wish not to answer any of my "probing" questions, please feel free to say so! I won't be offended. I am by nature (as I'm sure many of you are) a very curious person.

Anyway, Kali, I love the icon you use. What's the meaning behind the Robin Hood-looking figure?! It's intriguing...


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Susan January 29, 2005 8:42 AM

Where do you find all the interesting things you post? Do you have an advanced degree in research or something similar? I'm amazed at all the information you find!


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