We tend to think people who are insanely smart breeze through life without encountering any problems at all. They get the best grades in school, they graduate at the top of their class, and they usually land high-paying jobs. But being intelligent isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Here are some of the signs that you or someone you know is highly intelligent.

One of the main struggles of being highly intelligent is learning how to behave in social settings. A lot of smart people are very uncomfortable in group settings, and they’re quickly labeled as being socially awkward. They start to overthink everything, from what topics they should bring up next to how people will react to the conversation. This makes it almost impossible for them to just relax and go with the flow.

Falling in love can be extremely hard for people who are highly intelligent. They are very cautious and reserved when it comes to meeting new people, and they think about all the pros and cons in an analytical way that usually spells doom for their relationships. Because they're always overthinking the relationship and their partner, they can come across as being cold and uninterested, and this usually ends in disaster.

The saying “birds of a feather flock together” is definitely true when it comes to exceptionally smart people. They tend to hang out with others who are just as smart and creative as them. Intelligent people gravitate towards each other because they are able to relate on a deeper level. If your group of friends is some of the smartest people you know, there’s a pretty good chance you’re highly intelligent, too.

If you’ve ever met an exceptionally smart person, you may have noticed they struggled with engaging in simple conversations. The intelligent person has no need for chit chat and small talk about regular and mundane things, they’d much rather dig deep and talk about the universe, philosophy or art. So asking them about their weekend plans or what they ate for lunch are topics that will bore them to death.