High IQ Teen Behavior Problems

By Angeliki Coconi
Highly intelligent teens suffer from internal and external pressures.
Highly intelligent teens suffer from internal and external pressures.

To treat teenagers with high IQ's as exempt from the problems of children with normal IQ's can bring some major surprises on your part. Generally, high IQ kids don't want to be placed apart from their peers. High expectations lead to pressure, and teens aren’t always good at handling pressure. Having an high IQ can result in problems that lie beyond the average person’s understanding. Sometimes, the smartest kids possess the most inexplicable behavioral traits.

Extreme Sense of Self-Worth

According to the Psychology Today website, some of the cleverest youngsters possess a heightened sense of accomplishment and failure. This ability leads to a higher sense of self-worth or worthlessness, which is often directly determined by those she is surrounded by, including peers, parents and teachers.

Psychological Turmoil

According to Psychology Today, the pressure of expectations imposed on teens who are deemed to possess a genius IQ can result in psychological damage from being measured in terms of those expectations. The perception of superiority that he is then forced to have of himself can affect relationships he forms with others as he struggles to live up to what he and others expect him.

Heightened Sensitivity and Asynchronous Development

According to the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, gifted teens often have heightened sensitivity to being the youngest child in his academic environment. The term asynchronous development refers to the academic maturity of an individual outweighing his emotional immaturity. It can cause several social and emotional problems, including extreme frustration at not reaching certain goals and heightened sensitivity at school and at home.

Fixed Direction

Problems can arise when gifted teens, especially those who have several talents, go in an unexpected direction. If a teenager has an extraordinary gift in math, but would prefer to major in English, he might be pushed into pursuing a subject that he does not have an interest in because of the expectations of those around him. If pushed into neglecting subjects of interest, he might pursue his strongest talent with a sense of bitterness.

About the Author

Angeliki Coconi started writing in 1999 with the theater comedy "Loop," produced in Athens. In 2001 she wrote and produced another comedy, "Modern Cinderella." In 2006 she was awarded a Master of Science in literature from the University of Edinburgh. In 2009 Coconi obtained the Postgraduate Certificate in Screenwriting from Napier University of Edinburgh.