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10 December 2017 @ 07:06 am
IQ Blues  
Mensa membership correlates with mental and physical disorders.

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Elenbarathi: Abandon hopeelenbarathi on December 10th, 2017 09:33 pm (UTC)
MENSA members are not really representative of 'people with high IQs' in the first place, and the ability to get high scores on IQ tests does not necessarily correlate with having any other kind of intelligence, such as common sense, self-reliance or social skills.

I was in MENSA in college, because my fiance (later first husband) was into it. He's still in it, and is a fair sample of a lifelong MENSA member: your basic high-IQ loser who preens himself on his superior intellect, reads a lot of SF and popular science, and talks a good game, but has no depth of knowledge and no significant accomplishments in any field. Pretty-much everyone I met in MENSA was like that; it really is the Island of Misfit Toys.
"The results of this study must be interpreted cautiously because they are correlational. Showing that a disorder is more common in a sample of people with high IQs than in the general population doesn’t prove that high intelligence is the cause of the disorder. It’s also possible that people who join Mensa differ from other people in ways other than just IQ. For example, people preoccupied with intellectual pursuits may spend less time than the average person on physical exercise and social interaction, both of which have been shown to have broad benefits for psychological and physical health."
People who join MENSA differ from other people with high IQs: it's not so much that they're 'preoccupied with intellectual pursuits' as that they want to be regarded as preoccupied with intellectual pursuits. People who are actually preoccupied with serious work in science, the arts or academia don't have time for such silliness.

I'd be interested to see a study comparing the Big 5 traits of MENSA members to those of non-MENSA members with high IQs. I predict MENSA members would average significantly higher in neuroticism. It's already been established that higher levels of neuroticism are correlated with all the disorders the study cited here is correlating with 'high IQ'.

eub on December 11th, 2017 08:00 am (UTC)
Among all people with a high IQ score, MENSA membership filters for the ones who have not much else.
Elenbarathielenbarathi on December 11th, 2017 10:25 pm (UTC)
So well-put.