Originally Posted by BrianTheMick2
Being a brilliant mathmatician seems to be strongly associated with being either a miserable cuss and having a lack of certain abilities that help us mere mortals get along well in every-day life..
I see where you are coming from and agree with some of it but my main point is about the bold part of what I quoted. You see, it isn't that far fetched to think that people who have thoughts "regular" minds don't understand don't also have emotions regular people don't understand. I'm not trying to say I can totally relate but I see some parallels between these super minds and some other people. I for one used to be (I'm getting better) ultra competitive to the point where it was almost a disability. Even as young as 12-years-old I would sit and cry and evaluate athletic competitions I had just lost (or even won but wasn't happy with my performance). I've broken up with girlfriends over board games because I wanted to win the last game but they didn't want to play anymore and have many other stories many less competitive people might find ridiculous. To everyone on the outside, including my family in my own home, it appeared my entire life from the time I was about 3 years old until after I graduated high school was one big heap of misery and dissatisfaction with every aspect of my life. I couldn't even eat food without trying to finish before everyone else, take a piss in a public bathroom without trying to do it better (actually I still do this, ever go into a public bathroom and wonder how the **** so many people can't actually piss INSIDE the urinal? How the **** does so much piss get on the floor? Anyway, no point for that derail really...) than everyone else. This lead me to never being happy with any performance no matter how well I did and finding myself in extreme agony any time I failed. And compared to my expectations of myself, I failed nearly 100% of the time. The strange thing about this is, even though I was spending a lot of time being critical of myself and being in sheer agony most of the time, I really didn't live a life of agony and pain. In someway I was actually in a state of something other than agony and pain, I'm not sure if happiness is the right way to describe the emotion. I guess if I could say purpose was an emotion, that might describe it the best I know how.
I don't pretend to have a Tesla like mind or know exactly what brilliance feels like but I just wanted to point out that there may be more going on with their thoughts and emotions than others can decipher as an outside observer attempting to look in or that the genius can describe verbally to someone. One, they might not understand some of their thoughts and emotions well enough to articulate them into words, and two, if they could, it may take a like mind to understand them.
I just re-read this and see that I took a lot of words to make a simple point and didn't articulate it very well. I'm pretty tired so I don't really feel like editing it but let me know if that is necessary to understand my perspective.