The thing that makes you exceptional, if you are at all, is inevitably that which must also make you lonely”.
— Lorraine Hansberry
A high degree of intellect tends to make a man unsocial.
— Arthur Schopenhauer
Gifted adults can misinterpret their complex and deep way of thinking as craziness. They can mistake their emotional intensity for emotional immaturity or see it as a character flaw. Because they have never been given information to explain what is “normal for gifted” they frequently experience frustration in the world, alienation, anger, self blame and emptiness. Without an adequate explanation of their gifted difference, they develop a façade with which they cover their authentic self; a face that they show to the world in order to fit in and so avoid disapproval or sanction.
— Giftedness in Adults