Tolan in Webb, Meckstroth, and Tolan, Guiding the Gifted Child, 226
What accounts for the observation that most exceptionally gifted children are unhappy? It is apparently not a mistaken observation — research shows that while the 130-140 range gifted child is likely to be unusually stable, happy, competent and outwardly successful, the 150+ child is likely to have emotional problems ranging from minor to severe…These children are forced to live in a society for which they aren’t suited. They don’t “fit” their culture. They don’t fit the expectations of others. In particular, they don’t fit school, usually a rigid environment in which they spend a large portion of their waking hours.