Originally Posted by LawrenceMD
basically just wasting their talent.
The thing is, to people with such high IQs, they perceive EVERYTHING as a waste of their time... not on purpose, and it really isn't their "fault," it's just a symptom of having such cognitive ability. They are doomed to obsess in only the most abstract thought processes that have little to no applicability to the real world.
It's really no different from elite athletes who want to compete in the Olympics. Is the 100m breaststroke really applicable to the real world? No, but they can only be satisfied by competing with the best; dropping Ryan Lochte in the pool with 15 folks off the street and he'd be "wasting his talent" and become bored in a couple minutes, just like these super-geniuses are bored with "everyday" problems in the real world. There is no Olympics for geniuses, so they are relegated to the world they create in their mind.