Why is the smartest person in the room often the quietest?
A few days ago I answered this question on Quora. And to my surprise I got 50k views as well as more than a thousand upvotes. Here is what I posted:
I believe that smart people have hunter-gatherer minds (intuitives in Myers-Briggs), whereas most people have farmer minds and these two are often not very compatible.
Hunter-gatherer people often become deeply introverted in childhood already, because they understand that they are different from the vast majority of people (INs only make up about 10% of the population) and when they grow up they feel they are misunderstood and that they can’t make a change anyway.
Read “The Little Prince” and you get an idea what it is like for a gifted kid to grow up: you see the elephant inside the boa where others see a hat (NB: this is a metaphor):
“Whenever I encountered a grown-up who seemed to be intelligent, I would experiment on him with my drawing Number One, which I have always kept. I wanted to see if he really understood anything.
But he would always answer, "That's a hat." … So I lived by myself, with no one to talk to”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (INFP)
So, what is the point of talking about something other people can’t see??? 90% of the time we would be wasting our energy and that is why we keep quiet. People would think we are crazy.