(‘Sorry losers and haters, but my IQ is one of the highest – and you all know it!’ … a tweet from Donald Trump.)
Research published in the journal Intelligence – a very intelligent publication – has found having a superior IQ is a ‘risk factor for psychological and physiological overexcitabilities’.
These results are based on a survey that researchers from Pitzer College in California and Seattle Pacific University – sent to Mensa members.
To join Mensa you have to score in the top 2% of the population on an approved intelligence test which normally means an IQ of 132 or higher (the average being around 100).
You also I imagine have to have a higher than average Insufferable Quotient – but that is beside the point.
The survey found Mensans were more likely than the rest of the population to have conditions such as mood and anxiety disorders – allergies – asthma and autoimmune diseases.
This isn’t the first study to deduce that a great mind can weigh heavily upon someone.
As the researchers note ‘it is hardly a new notion that unusually high rates of adult psychopathology are displayed among some of the most eminent geniuses’.
But while the research may not be revolutionary it is revelatory in relation to the current political situation.