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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 3:45 pm    Post subject: IQ linked to levels of happiness Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19659985

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People with lower intelligence are more likely to be unhappy than their brighter colleagues, according to UK researchers.

Their study of 6,870 people showed low intelligence was often linked with lower income and poor mental health, which contributed to unhappiness.

The researchers are calling for more help and support to be targeted at people with lower IQs.

Their findings were published in the journal Psychological Medicine.

The researchers, at University College London, analysed data from the Adult Psychiatric Morbity Survey in England.

One of the questions was: "Taking all things together, how would you say you were these days - very happy, fairly happy or not too happy?" People's verbal IQ was also assessed.

The highest proportion saying they were "very happy" was found in people with an IQ between 120 and 129 - 43% said they were very happy.

However, the highest proportion saying "not too happy" - 12% - was found in people with an IQ between 70 and 79.

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 29, 2012 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, an IQ of 70 is bordering on the definition of moron http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moron_%28psychology%29
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wonder if this question were asked here, how many would reply as being "very happy."
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ignoring the connection with higher IQ/income - ignorance or lack of understanding
of the world should make one happier in some instances.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

John-Boy wrote:
Ignoring the connection with higher IQ/income - ignorance or lack of understanding
of the world should make one happier in some instances.


I thought the same.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Ignoring the connection with higher IQ/income - ignorance or lack of understanding
of the world should make one happier in some instances.

Maybe with advanced dementia, but there are some ignorant people with amassive lack of understanding raiding embassies and throwing firebombs.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

notageek wrote:
I wonder if this question were asked here, how many would reply as being "very happy."


I wouldn't and I consider myself of above average intelligence.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

petrjanda wrote:
John-Boy wrote:
Ignoring the connection with higher IQ/income - ignorance or lack of understanding
of the world should make one happier in some instances.


I thought the same.
as did I. In fact, there's a whole subgenre of literature dedicated to the "ignorance is bliss" theme.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boris27 wrote:
notageek wrote:
I wonder if this question were asked here, how many would reply as being "very happy."


I wouldn't and I consider myself of above average intelligence.


Have you ever been to Lake Wobegon?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I wouldn't and I consider myself of above average intelligence.

I assume everyone I work with or go to school with is smarter than I am.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My guess: the low IQ folks told the truth and the high IQ folks lied.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 4:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

:lol:
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My bet would be that people of extremely high intelligence also tend to be less happy. Anything that makes somebody less capable of gaining social acceptance and building supportive relationships would tend to make someone less happy. Exceptionally intelligent people also tend to be the ones who have existential crises (i.e., "what is my purpose"), whereas people of average intelligence tend to just happily spin whatever hamster wheel they have landed on.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Can you feel it Mr. Anderson? Closing in on you? Oh I can, I really should thank you after all. It was, after all, it was your life that taught me the purpose of all life. The purpose of life is to end.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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My bet would be that people of extremely high intelligence also tend to be less happy. Anything that makes somebody less capable of gaining social acceptance and building supportive relationships would tend to make someone less happy. Exceptionally intelligent people also tend to be the ones who have existential crises (i.e., "what is my purpose"), whereas people of average intelligence tend to just happily spin whatever hamster wheel they have landed on.


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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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BoneKracker wrote:
My bet would be that people of extremely high intelligence also tend to be less happy. Anything that makes somebody less capable of gaining social acceptance and building supportive relationships would tend to make someone less happy. Exceptionally intelligent people also tend to be the ones who have existential crises (i.e., "what is my purpose"), whereas people of average intelligence tend to just happily spin whatever hamster wheel they have landed on.


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Absolutely completely agree. I wouldn't call myself a person with an exceptionally high IQ (all tests ive ever done put me between 130-140), but the "what is my purpose" question comes to my mind a lot, and I can see how it can get worse with people with even higher IQ.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

petrjanda wrote:
Prenj wrote:
BoneKracker wrote:
My bet would be that people of extremely high intelligence also tend to be less happy. Anything that makes somebody less capable of gaining social acceptance and building supportive relationships would tend to make someone less happy. Exceptionally intelligent people also tend to be the ones who have existential crises (i.e., "what is my purpose"), whereas people of average intelligence tend to just happily spin whatever hamster wheel they have landed on.


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Absolutely completely agree. I wouldn't call myself a person with an exceptionally high IQ (all tests ive ever done put me between 130-140), but the "what is my purpose" question comes to my mind a lot, and I can see how it can get worse with people with even higher IQ.
yeh, I've heard that from a lot of "high IQ" people too. But it's actually pretty easy, if potentially sinister:

there is no purpose. your "mind" is a random fluke of the universe.

it's actually quite soothing once you nailed that part. guess the Buddhists and Taoists were up to something after all. it's a shame a lot of really smart people have trouble accepting that. some even go bonkers cause they can't.
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