I know I'll get flamed for this as everyone thinks they're smarter than they are, but I really am a good deal brighter than everyone else in my family. They all agree with this (not that we've ever explicitly talked about it), and I think they view me somewhat as a curiosity, somewhat of an entertainment rather than a fellow insider of the group. They all love me, and I them, but I do feel lonely and unfulfilled much of the time. I kind of wonder how this happened given intelligence is pretty heritable and every other smart person I've talked to say others in their family are of comparable intelligence. In my case, most of my family members are less intelligent than the average person I come across and one has even expressed getting tired of "being treated like an idiot all the time" by people (she gets treated that way for a reason I'm sorry to say).
Anyone else like this? How common is this? What causes this sort of thing to happen? In my case I think others had great potential but either killed their intellect through substance abuse or let their brains whither away through lack of stimulation. Not sure about the other two.