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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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Few solutions. Many complaints

A lot of this book is spent in the author distancing himself from the rest of society by placing all of his personal value in peoples intelligence and what they get on an IQ test. He is very miserable and tries to project that into everyone else with high intelligence but offers up very few solutions and paints a very dark dry image of reality. He has an extremely fixed mindset and it is this, not his IQ that has caused his world to be so dark. This is coming from a guy that scored 154 on my IQ test. This book does not reflect an optimal or even effective view of reality and is little more than a redundant advertisement for alcoholism.

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covert malignant narcissism

I never write reviews, but I really feel like I have to today. I made myself listen to this entire piece of garbage, and honestly I question my own sanity for doing so. The author is angry, and lives in a constant state of victimhood. I feel sorry for those close to him because I can only assume that he is judging them with every word they say.

Being intelligent does not mean that you have to be condescending, rude, elitist, or a pure victim of society.

I test at 137, I live an overall happy life and, gasp, I like "swingy stick" aka hockey.

Please don't get this book, unless you're just looking for a reason to be angry.

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Great, Real Advice, Holds No Punches

This is not a book for the faint of heart, Aaron tells it like it is. If you are highly intelligent and frustrated with life, you will find this book eye-opening. Personality tests, self-help books, spiritual practices are ways to cope with not fitting in, and ways to adapt better to a world where you do not and will not ever fit in. However, reading this book will help you realize exactly WHY you don't and will never fit in and how to make practical improvements...and hopefully stop beating yourself up.

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Good book. Disagreed with one of the conclusions.

The narrator was great, and a joy to listen to.

This book condenses a lot of information, and helped me gain some perspective. Even though I disagreed one of the arguments, I still recommend it, and found it informative.

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I disagreed with one of the conclusions. What I got was basically: Use Welfare if you feel like it, as you are taking from those that take from you. I understand the sentiment, but that's not anywhere near true. When one uses Welfare, they are stealing from those that have yet to be born, as most countries are in massive debt.

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Simply amazing

I am High Commander of the Hot Dude Army and I approve of this message in its absolute entirety.

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Written by a pompous entitled narcissist.

Couldnt get past the first chapter. This book seems to be written by someone who's only bragging rights are based on a relative 'high' score on an IQ test. The kind of test that's been proven to be very narrow in its testing and leaves out criteria for many other types of genius.

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I loved it!!!

I understand now why I get so annoyed at family reunions everyone talks about football smh and complains about Trump😭. I usually keep to myself because I'm the only self employed person in my family. When they ask how my biz is going I can see they're not really happy for me when I tell them my biz is growing and everything is great

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Visionary

This book may help you to think about and plan for the future in an intelligent way, by understanding why you think the way you do and why others misunderstand you.

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if you're offended by this book, it wasn't for you

listening to this book was like having theatre seats to my own mind mixed with straight forward ideas on how to overcome the challenges of dealing with people who, are genuinely nice, but still can't operate on a higher level. It also helps me appreciate my mental superiors and the patience they have shown.

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Brutal, Offensive, In Your Face, and Gut Busting

You're not allowed to call things what they are in today's politically correct world. If someone is dumb, you can't say they're dumb. If one set of beliefs and culture is better than another, you'll get in trouble for saying it. But Adam Clarey blasts those PC norms in the face with his truth shotgun, and my lord is it glorious and shocking.

The insecure, PC, and looking to be offended man or woman will find a cruise ship load of objectionable material in Curse of the High IQ to rankle and set on fire their self-righteous, moral indignation for violating their unrational worldviews, but Mr. Clarey will still have their money.

The secure, unoffendable person who barely gives a shit about societal opinions will find catharsis, laughter, and sober minded truths which reframe their world.

As I sat in church and at the beach today, it dawned on me the level of my arrogance I must have to try to change lower IQ individuals who haven't asked for and don't want my help, and are perfectly content having an average or lower than average IQ. Some people don't want to change, and I don't need to waste my time with them anymore. Thank you for the wake-up call Adam.

Notwithstanding how the author's nihilistic philosophy is inconsistent with his legacy focused desire to help people, this book will shift the needle for those steeped in the frustration of dealing with humans who lack common sense. Plus, if you would like a bit of life direction advise, it may behoove you to take a read as you may find options you hadn't previously realized.

Not for the faint of heart or mind, Curse of the High IQ is a wake-up call, not necessarily for action, but for those who may not have realized their high intelligence level, mismatched to a society designed for the congenitally boring, could be the source of their frustration and open the prison doors a little to let in a little light of hope and joy.

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  • 09-06-16

Brilliant.

If you have a brain and are not an indoctrinated leftist moron then you need this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-14-22

And suddenly, it all makes sense

28 years of miserable experiences socially, financially and educationally has suddenly become very apparent. So much so that it almost feels too good to be true, but it isn’t.

Guess the world is the problem after all. 😂

At least you, like myself will have clarity and closure on what’s probably been hell after reading this if you’re higher than average intelligence. Good luck friend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-10-21

Thank You.

This book has helped me get my sanity back. Thank You from the bottom of my heart Cappy.

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  • Florian Sterk
  • 07-21-21

Buying this is wasting your credit / money

For seven chapters in this audio book the Author rants against ‘idiocracy’, ‘mediocracy’ and the burden of being smarter than average. If you’re gifted / smarter than average, you already know all this.
In the last chapter the Author offers his advice, which boils down to: get your IQ tested, become selfemployed, and don’t let the other non-gifteds get you down.
You also already know all this.
Don’t waste your precious time.

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  • Dan norman
  • 03-05-21

just brilliant

a great short book that puts so much into perspective without the waffle. I look forward to reading more from the author.

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  • Alexander Vik
  • 12-01-20

answers many questions I had about myself

and people around me. It's lonely, it's confusing, it can be even scary to live a life and not realizing you are too much to those around you.

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  • Mr
  • 09-01-20

Clarey's usual pugnacious and amusing style.

Aaron Clarey is one of those people that you're never quite sure how seriously to take, but who never fails to both entertain and thought-provoke. There's a lot of questionable logic in here based on his own personal prejudices. I'm not convinced that IQ is as much of a fixed quotient, or a determinant of personal traits as he claims in this book, nor am I convinced by dubious assertions like "only dumb people are religious", but despite all this, he never fails to make you think in interesting and different ways about our social norms and interactions.

His amusingly strident and provocative ranting is entertaining enough to see you through the parts of the book where one is inclined to doubt his thesis - and his argument is strong enough to interest you during the rest of it.

It's all very interesting - as long as you don't think too carefully about the angry, nihilistic premises on which it's based.

The narrator is good to, and captures the tone of the author well.

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  • Rockstar's mum
  • 08-23-20

Is he really this bitter?

He makes some good points but it's mostly just opinion and preaching. Maybe I'm just not as abnormally intelligent.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-20

Very insightful

Thanks for the great insights. So I am not crazy 😁. First chapter was a bit tough to get through with the long lists of names being called to make a point (gets a lot better afterwards). The overall tone might be a bit negative and some expressions may not have been very ‘politically correct’, but to say that compromises the value provided is just nuts!

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  • Gin and Tonic
  • 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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  • Michael M
  • 06-22-21

Great book

Couldn't agree more with the content, down to earth description of problems high IQ people encounter

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  • Michael
  • 05-08-19

Undermines its initial premise

Entertaining in parts, observant in others, yet overall too short to really dive into the premise of "changing things for High IQ people with this book", a bit too anecdotal and the tone can be downright generalising and demeaning.

I personally take a more fluid approach to intelligence - that ultimately, outside of predisposition, neuroplasticity reins supreme and that therefore intelligence is more fluid than might be coded for directly in genes; epigenetic effects are very real, and also can be heritable (not discussed in this book at all, which is ironic for a self-proclaimed mountain of intelligence).

The conclusion then, is that a lot of people, most in fact, are under achieving their potential due to social/economic factors that ensured poor genetic expression, and more linear neural pathways; it is in this understanding that I'm a proponent of shirking all elitist viewpoints on intellect because the cost is too high in any Us VS Them style of thinking.

Also the value of information is entirely on how it is delivered; the most profound thought is forever a prisoner of the mind that can't express it in a way appealing to others, thus losing all theoretical values, and, in this, the tone of the book undermines it's proposed goals.

It's a very short book, so if you're trying to hit a reading challenge based on book count, and are mildly interested in this stuff, then you can add a notch to your belt quite easily.

I wouldn't spend much money on this, though.

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  • Jon
  • 06-08-18

unabomber lite

Highlights some frustrating issues for intellectuals, very interesting, however at times it seems a bit like a rant and reminds me of how the unabomber speaks. I am sure the author is not a horrible or completely insane person who acts unethically, but I would say this book is condescending and does take a simplistic view of intelligence in general.