Ratha (papertygre) wrote,

Intelligence and depression

"A few years ago, I read a report of some high-iq convention or another, and apparently the majority of the attendees could not partake in the alcohol, as it would interfere with their anti-depressants. Altogether amusing, in my mind."[#]

For a year or two I have been nursing a theory that to the extent that depression is cognitively (as opposed to biochemically) based, it is essentially caused by learning too easily. If you are clever, then just as easily as you picked up calculus or a piano piece, you can be tricked by one or two negative experiences into establishing beliefs about your abilities and outlook. If you were dumber, you'd just shrug it off and go on your merry way, seeing no cause and effect relationship.

Edit: I forgot to mention the interesting phenomenon of Learned Helplessness in connection with this theory.
Tags: cognition, depression, intelligence, psychology
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