Being intelligent can really help you in many ways, but it also makes you more prone to certain things that can be challenging.
We usually think that being intelligent is such a wonderful thing which is a source of pride for many women.
But is it always true?
It seems not. If you are one of them, I’m sure you have faced at least one of these challenges.
Being intelligent is not easy, especially for a woman. It makes a woman stand out from the crowd but also brings a lot of responsibility on her shoulders.
Read on to know about some challenges that most intelligent women face and how to overcome them.
1) High expectations from everyone
As you are intelligent, everyone always expects great things from you.
They think what you do will always yield the best results. And they also believe that you will never make a mistake and let them down.
As you’ve probably experienced, there’s a lot of pressure to do well at school, in your career, and socially. There are also many expectations that it can be hard for you to meet them all.
To some people, the expectations of others are powerful. You may feel pressured to live up to the image that others have of you.
If you feel like you’re being pushed too hard, it’s important to take a step back and evaluate your expectations.
Are you forcing yourself to work too much just to meet others’ expectations?
Do you really have something to be proud of?
Either way, it’s important to recognize when your expectations are out of whack.
And if things aren’t working out, it’s ok to make adjustments. This can mean changing your approach or even taking a break from the situation altogether.
2) Constantly have to prove yourself
The self-perception that you’re smart is a double-edged sword.
You may feel the need to constantly prove yourself and show that you’re smarter than others to avoid being seen as an idiot.
One way to escape this cycle is to focus less on this perception and more on showing how much you know through your work and actions.
Everyone has to prove themselves in the world, especially when you are an intelligent woman.
There are so many people out there who believe they can do it better than you, and they’re going to be relentless in proving it.
You have to keep running and be persistent for long periods of time until you finally start seeing results.
You may have high expectations for yourself, only to find that life doesn’t always go as planned.
But have you ever asked yourself if it’s ok?
Or is it depressing not living up to your potential, not achieving your unrealistic goals?
Get this: Never, never let it happen!
Instead, focus on your breath.
Let your mind and body relax with each breath. Just 5-10 minutes, your thoughts will be clearer and it will be easier to recognize what you really care about and what is important.
I learned this technique from an incredibly invigorating breathwork video, created by the shaman Rudá Iandê.
Ever since I know this technique, I’ve learned to empower my emotions instead of letting them rule me. I was given the tools to dissolve stress and anxiety.
And yes, although it is as simple as breathing, I really needed this course to understand the technique and to love it more.
Well, Rudá isn’t just an average shaman. He’s spent years combining ancient shamanic healing traditions with breathwork techniques to create this unique flow.
And if it could bring me out of the rut I was stuck in, I’m sure it could help you too.
3) Being thought to be arrogant
If you are intelligent, people tend to think you’re arrogant. This is because intelligence is a highly valued trait.
This means that people will be more likely to take you seriously when you speak up about important issues. They may even assume that you know more than you do.
But this isn’t necessarily true.
Speaking up is important, but it’s also a tricky skill to master.
If you’re overly confident or have a tendency to speak before you think, people might come away with the impression that you’re arrogant.
This is probably the most common way that arrogance comes across in conversation.
Believing that you’re better than others: if you think that you’re smarter and more capable than everyone else, it’s likely that you’ll come off as self-confident and arrogant when you voice your opinion.
Therefore, it is important to understand that not all intelligent people are arrogant and to be respectful when interacting with them.
And for intelligent women, just talk after thinking, and talk with a sharing attitude – then what comes out of your mouth will never sound arrogant.
4) Feeling of loneliness
Intelligent people are more likely to face feelings of loneliness.
It’s said that people with high IQ tend to feel lonely because they have higher expectations from social interaction.
Although a lot of people view solitude as a negative, it can actually be an important part of developing your potential and staying true to yourself.
It is important to acknowledge the reasons for feeling lonely and find ways to cope with the situation.
It’s important not to let loneliness turn into burnout, as well as not to let loneliness take over your life. It is important not to let loneliness keep you from going after your dreams or goals.
Being intelligent doesn’t necessarily mean you will be happy all the time. It can be lonely at times but just happy whenever you can.
Few friends are fine as long as they are your real quality friends.
5) Constantly being judged by your intelligence
They expect you to be this incredible, brilliant person with magical abilities.
If you’re anything less than perfect, they will let you know.
They will point out every little flaw, and they will make it clear that you are not good enough.
This is hard because everyone seems to believe that their opinion is the most important one.
You want to do your best, but if you don’t meet these expectations, everything gets harder. It’s like walking on eggshells.
You can’t even relax and enjoy yourself because you’re always worried about making a mistake or being judged by someone else.
And in turn, this makes you stressed out and less productive.
6) Feeling under pressure all the time
It can feel like there is never enough time to do everything you want and need to be successful at work, school, and life in general.
This can make intelligent women feel stressed out all the time.
You may feel like you have so much to do that it is impossible to get everything done. This can make you feel like you are under too much pressure all the time.
You may even start to feel depressed or anxious because of the feeling of being under pressure all the time.
You may start to feel like you are not good enough or don’t measure up.
This can make you less confident in yourself, which can make it harder for you to succeed at school or in your career.
Above all, you just need to remember that you are allowed to ask for help when you need it and do not let this feeling ruin your confidence or self-esteem.
However, I believe that most intelligent women are resilient, so they can handle this without letting it get them down too much.
7) Fear of failure
The fear of failure is a common feeling experienced by most intelligent women.
It is important to realize that failure is an inevitable part of life, and there will be times when things do not go as planned.
As someone who is intelligent, you are likely quite aware that intelligence is not synonymous with success.
Although many people assume that higher intelligence equates to greater success, there are many factors that play a role in career success.
The key is to accept failure as part of the process and learn from it. Failure can be viewed as a way to improve and grow.
By facing your fears, you are strengthening your ability to cope with any challenge that may arise in the future.
8) Usually being asked for help and even taken advantage of
Intelligent women are often praised and admired by everyone.
But this is not always the case if you’re asked for help or advice by someone you aren’t close to, you may feel obligated to give it.
While helping others may seem like a nice thing to do, some women are being taken advantage of in order to get more work done at home.
They are being asked to pick up the slack on projects and tasks that they have no interest in. Or they are being asked to perform services as a favor without getting paid.
Women should not be afraid to say “no” when they feel like they can’t take on more responsibility and if they feel like they’re being taken advantage of.
There’s nothing wrong with helping others, but it’s important to know the boundaries and stick to them.
This can help you avoid burnout and keep your work-life balance in check.
9) Difficulties in finding a partner
Intelligent women are thought to be more attractive, but this is not always true.
People are often attracted to people who are similar to them. And this can lead to challenges in finding a partner with whom you share common interests and values.
It isn’t mentioned that most men usually want to be better than their women because their instinct is to protect their women.
How can they show their instinct if their woman has a high level of self-reliance and self-confidence formed from her intelligence?
While you may be more likely to meet people with similar personalities than people who are less intelligent, it can still be difficult to find someone who shares your intellectual interests and values.
To overcome this challenge, learn how to express your intelligence in ways that are meaningful for others.
Let people see that you have a wide range of interests and make them more likely to be interested in getting to know you better.
It’s not wrong to show who you are. But like I said, the secret to making your partner feel loved and protective is more than pretending you need his protection.
And even in this day and age, women don’t need someone to rescue them. They don’t need a ‘hero’ in their lives.
But we should understand that triggering his hero instinct is a way to drive men into relationships.
The hero instinct is an instinctive need that men have to step up to the plate for the woman in their lives. This is deeply rooted in male biology.
If you want some help doing this, check out James Bauer’s excellent free video here.
I understand that pretending to be in need of a man’s help might sound a bit mushy.
In fact, I used to feel that way and always refused to seek help from men, just because of my high ego.
But after learning and trying to apply these techniques, I realized that a smart woman is a woman who knows how to trigger the hero instinct in men at the right time.
It’s not an exploit, it’s a harmonious and intelligent combination of two halves of the world.
10) Ignoring your own feelings
Women are more likely to pick up on other people’s feelings, especially when they’re in a social situation.
Smart women are better at reading other people’s body language and facial expressions, so they’re more adept at picking up on when someone is upset or uncomfortable.
Because of this, smart women are often the ones who end up comforting others after a stressful event.
However, this ability can also come with a downside: smart women are sometimes oblivious to their own emotions.
They may not realize when they’re feeling sad or stressed and will have a hard time expressing their feelings.
So, if you’re a smart woman, be sure to take time to yourself every once in a while so you can process your feelings and learn how to cope with them.
Being an intelligent woman is a blessing and a curse at the same time.
It’s a blessing because it means you have the potential to do great things.
It’s a curse because there are many things that can affect your mental health as an intelligent woman, ranging from stress to anxiety to depression.
This is why it’s important for intelligent women to take care of themselves and not put too much pressure on themselves.
Regardless of your intelligence level, there are ways to improve it and make it a positive experience for you.
Let’s not forget that you’re allowed to break every once in a while!