Healing From Being Smart Kids Raised by Less Smart Parents
October 15, 2016 2:46 PM   Subscribe

It's tough to grow up much smarter than one's parents. Seeing clearly through the illusion of parental omnipotence at an unnaturally early age sparks a deep, lingering dread of perilous results due to lack of responsible navigation. I'm looking for writings shedding light on post-childhood fallout. Insights for unpacking it all, etc.
posted by Quisp Lover to Human Relations (6 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
This has been recommended here in the past, but Andrew Solomon's Far From the Tree discusses the challenges that families face when children grow up very differently from their parents for one reason or another (disability, sexual orientation, being a prodigy, etc).
posted by gemutlichkeit at 2:58 PM on October 15, 2016 [8 favorites]

Do you mean - feeling unsafe due to believing that your parents were in incompetent? Or being more educated than your parents? Or feeling that you think more critically about the world than your parents? Or feeling like you are innately smarter than your parents ?
posted by pintapicasso at 4:42 PM on October 15, 2016 [14 favorites]

Alice Miller comes to mind. The drama of the gifted child. Can't link from the mobile but is easy enough to find lots on her in google. Also, yes, this is a thing: being smarter than your parents at a very young age. OP is not talking about being superior to his parents.
posted by 15L06 at 7:32 PM on October 15, 2016 [2 favorites]

[A couple deleted. OP is looking for texts, so let's focus on that, please, rather than general commentary on the question.]
posted by taz (staff) at 11:13 PM on October 15, 2016 [2 favorites]

It's not about being smarter than your parents, specifically, but it does address the post-childhood fallout from being praised as a child for being smart:


posted by vytae at 2:06 PM on October 16, 2016

The first book I thought about was Roald Dahl's Matilda. Although it doesn't examine the follow up after Matilda is adopted by her teacher.

In fact - most of Roald Dahl's books have children who are smarter (or at the very least as smart as) their parents or adult counterparts. Matilda was my favorite.
posted by Dressed to Kill at 5:49 AM on October 17, 2016

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