11 Struggles of Being a Deep Thinker in the Modern World

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Being a deep thinker is a great gift as it allows you to delve into the very essence of things and be more conscious.

Still, in modern society with its materialistic values, this constant inquiry and a profound awareness that accompany being a deep thinker can be quite challenging. Our consumerist society is killing deep thinking and is cultivating ignorance, and it makes sense why. Ignorant people who don’t question themselves and the world are the easiest targets for manipulation and mind control.

This is one of the reasons why deep thinking is not ‘in fashion’ in the modern world. Those of us who have this rare ability to look right into the depth of things often end up lonely, unhappy and unaccomplished. It’s all because being a deep thinker comes with a number of struggles and drawbacks most people are unaware of.

Here are some struggles that only deep thinkers can relate to:

1. Feeling of detachment

In a world ruled by greed, primitive desires and material interests, where people’s intellectual, moral and spiritual level is constantly going down, it’s no surprise that deep thinkers often feel like they don’t belong here.

One of the reasons why a deep thinker may struggle with relating to other people is a lack of meaningful communication. With all the ignorance and superficiality today, it’s not easy to find someone to talk about the things that truly matter. This is why deep thinkers often end up alone as they prefer loneliness to forced friendships.

This type of people is unlikely to tolerate shallow relationships and fake friendships. And no need to say that these are incredibly common nowadays. It’s becoming more and more difficult to make friends with genuine and deep people who don’t have hidden motives. Sadly, the consumer mindset has changed much more than just the way we see material objects. It has also altered the way we see each other.

With time, all this may make you feel alien to this society and world. Sometimes, you just can’t understand other people and their actions, which makes you wonder why you are such a misfit and feel like you come from another planet.

2. You have no interest in mainstream culture and popular activities

Similarly to the feeling of detachment, you don’t resonate with the interests and aspirations that are common to the majority of people and don’t enjoy things everyone loves. Those popular TV shows everyone talks about or usual activities like going for shopping with your friends and talking about clothes only irritate you.

You often wonder how it’s possible to waste so much of time on the things that don’t really matter. In general, you have little or no interest in the mundane and material side of being.

3. You have a profound frustration with modern society

Whether you follow what’s happening in the world or not, the only thing is clear – you are quite pessimistic about the future of humanity. It’s all because you deeply realize that humankind is constantly moving away from the true values and the things that really matter. All this ignorance and superficiality of modern people often make you think that the human race is doomed.

A deep thinker will often reflect on the world’s problems and will tend to take them to heart. No one will disagree that our current society has lots of issues to solve. From wars and social inequality to disrespect towards Mother Nature and other living beings on the planet.

Deep thinkers get genuinely concerned and disappointed with all this injustice, greed and violence we witness today. And the worst part is that one person can do very little to change the whole world. Thus, all a deep thinker is left with is worrying about the things they cannot influence.

4. Being indecisive and failing to take real actions

Deep thinkers are highly self-aware and reflective. However, no matter how good these qualities may be, they have one significant drawback. Those prone to deep thinking have a really hard time when it comes to taking real actions to change their life and the world. These dreamers with theoretical minds prefer to live in their own head, immersed in their thoughts and visions.

For this reason, turning ideas into a reality and putting plans into practice can be challenging for them. This indecisiveness and a lack of action often costs deep thinkers success and accomplishment.

It may not be a problem, however, as a deep thinker is rarely interested in becoming a success story. At the same time, when you realize that your life needs a change or you could make a real difference in the world, but you fail to act on it, this brings you deep disappointment with yourself.

5. Overthinking

It makes sense that deep thinking almost always equals overthinking. A deep thinker tends to overanalyze their actions and behavior. They find nonexistent mistakes, failures and flaws, and blame themselves for those. The truth is that a deep thinker can often be too hard on themselves. This makes them focus on the negative and worry too much about insignificant things.

Overthinking is another thing that can prevent deep thinkers from believing in themselves and succeeding in life. A person who is too hard on themselves tends to overlook their strengths and talents.

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Anna is the founder and lead editor of the website Learning-mind.com. She is passionate about learning new things and reflecting on thought-provoking ideas. She writes about science, psychology and other related topics. She is particularly interested in topics regarding introversion, consciousness and subconscious, perception, human mind's potential, as well as the nature of reality and the universe.

165 Comments

  1. J.H September 22, 2018 at 12:54 am - Reply

    I know I think different. I embrace it and it keeps me warm, watered and fed.
    All too often it can be extremely controversial.
    Why should I pay for drinking water for other countries when that country has billion dollar budgets???
    AND the recipients have iPhones, 4x4s, TV and university educations
    I have traveled extensively and seen this, got photos to prove it)

    What follows is not a dig at the countries but a dig at our “Morales” of supporting
    Why does Ethiopia have a space program and still it starves?
    Why do we pay billions to India when they take our jobs?
    Footballers, by and large, are cheats, these are the role models to the shallow.

    I use my depth to protect me, I am not the outcast, THEY are the UNINVITED.
    Sometimes they enter my world (can you take 5 mins to answer this survey? TFIC)

    You want to think deep? How much does that could that floats up in the sky weigh?
    Your bath weighs 1 1/2 tons, it all comes from the clouds…
    Think deeper my friends.
    Find the fun not the travesty in who we are and what we are.
    When it comes to the Zombie Apocalypse we shall prevail (Do not rise to that any real deep thinkers, not going to happen)

    • KF October 7, 2018 at 6:45 pm - Reply

      I don’t think ANY of that equates to deep thinking. And, it’s think deeply!

      • Neno November 9, 2018 at 12:39 am - Reply

        That’s exactly like I felt! I guess we don’t qualify for a regular deep thinker or do we?

  2. kathleen.... The Odd September 23, 2018 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    Well—Wadya know?!!! I have to live to 76 years old to find out that I’m not the only one out there. Blessed be the internet. ( Which is pretty much a mystery to me) However–I can use it to find cool information which I’ve wondered about for a very long time. Greetings fellow Thinkers. I was once told that ” You don’t think like anyone I’ve ever known !! On the other hand –I don’t think I’ve ever known anyone who thinks.!!” Sooo- – now I know that I’m a deep thinker , among other things too numerous to mention…My husband has patiently listened to me many times say things witch he has cautioned me to not talk about to others. I think he would put my ideas into the same category as talking about how I once had a STD and the best cure I found for it.
    Take heart fellow D.T’S. YOU WILL SURVIVE. I have, and I’m the better for it. I take pleasure from the fact that I have lived a more interesting life, if only in my mind, than others. I recommend this course of thinking to the rest of you. It is a rather solitary existence for the most part, but with some effort one can learn to dial it back and pass for one of the herd. In the meantime, do not try to solve the unsolvable. I would make the analogy of the dog chasing it’s tail. It thinks, hopes, to catch it. It enjoys the pursuit, but loses out on the fun of chasing the thrown ball. I know… So much to know…so little time. I’m in sight of the finish line of life and believe me, I do get it. Just remember nobody gets out of THIS life alive. The Great Adventure lies ahead. Trust me on this. Adieu, adios and so on.

  3. Braden October 12, 2018 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    Any of you who desire to be part of a group of deep thinkers (Perhaps Philosophers, really), you are welcome to contact me through e-mail at: [email protected]

  4. Jamie Jenkins October 17, 2018 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    To my fellow deep thinkers. You have a gift. Find it. Channel it into passion. You are creative. Please listen to the Grateful Dead. They are a deep thinkers paradise. Their fans are united by our unique desires and thoughts. The music gave us a home. We all just get it and the music taught us to embrace it and love it. The essence of their music. It turned my “mental illness” into a love of life and spiritual journey. It will guide you. No I do not do drugs. Trust me, you won’t be sorry. It is their loss. Nobody normal gets the music. They scoff at it. We know better bc we have something to make us feel happy beyond their wildest dreams. Something they can’t take no matter how much they make it seem terrible. Like a gift to deep thinkers of the world. Enlightenment. Just for us.

  5. Maryam October 17, 2018 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    I am definitely a deep thinker cause i can relate to every point that is mentioned. I struggle a lot socially and i think i have found answer to many problems that i face.
    Being a deep thinker is a gift but it can also become a curse because you sometimes get addicted to it and that can make you feel disconnected from people and reality.

    • Ryan October 27, 2018 at 6:46 pm - Reply

      I am exactly the same haha.

  6. Karen Lee October 26, 2018 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Being a deep thinker is so unique and in my opinion kinda a curse. You see so much an anyalize it in so many ways . It’s so hard for anyone to pull the over your eyes per say. That’s why most of us who are truly cursed with it have few friends and most of the time live in our own lonely world. I can see how people feel , watch their actions, and most if the time know their responses. It is aggravating when no one understands how we never stop thinking. I can’t even meditate due to thinking about so much.

  7. Ryan October 27, 2018 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Dont know how the “hello” I landed up on this post hahaha…was busy researching stuff on the Universe/Galaxy/Space (yes I am a flat earth believer…) and somehow landed on this post. The problems I find myself dealing with are: not really being able to have a proper communication with people, where its actually “meaningful”, about whats happening behind the scenes and what people have been forced to belief and and and and and… Dont even know what to write in my comment- so for now ill just say: Interest post thanks 😉

  8. Rowan October 31, 2018 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Important Question (please provide insights and advice to this dilemma).

    How does someone find a healthy balance between deep thinking and practicality so that it doesn’t impair their life?

    I resonate greatly with many of the ideas mentioned in this post and have personally found it to be extremely debilitating – career, relationships and otherwise. I see everyday items such as laptops, food, clothing, machinery and the internet to name a few and rather than accepting and using them functionally, my mind tangents off trying to understand the micro-level working of each item. I’m more knowledgable than many of my peers when it comes to these items but still lack the confidence and practical ability to benefit from them because I don’t “completely” understand them.

    Others: see —> accept —> practically use (confident and sure)
    Me: see —> confused —> read and attempt to understand —> somewhat practically use (hesitant and skeptical)

    I believe I fall under the famous paradox “The more you know, the less you understand” which is lowering my confidence.
    I’d like to accept that I cannot completely understand everything around me and still be confident and practical.

    • Braden November 5, 2018 at 7:51 am - Reply

      Perhaps you could try to find some way to make it be of use to you; some occupation or cause that requires deep understanding. As for keeping it under control during times in which you don’t want it, you might try out meditation. Don’t push yourself too far from the start, though. Even 3 or 5 minutes may give some benefit to start, and hopefully you can work up to ten minutes within the few weeks or month. Focus on effectiveness above time. An app I use is HeadSpace, and I think it would be a good starting point. Just a bit of humble advice from a stranger. I hope this helps you in some way.

      “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”
      -Bruce Lee

      If you would like to talk with me more, or join the group of deep thinkers I’ve been putting together, you are very welcome to contact me at:
      [email protected]

  9. Megan Arendt November 4, 2018 at 1:28 am - Reply

    Resonates… almost eerie

  10. nathan November 8, 2018 at 7:44 am - Reply

    ya its not fun. I find Im both a very deep thinker but i can tolerate the outside world just fine, because i understand how insignificant I am to whom ever reads this. which is a perfect example of how strong a persons ego or self importance is. So its safe to say that what I believe to be the absolute truth means absolutely nothing to a perfect stranger. knowing this I realise, “who am I to question or judge the actions and views of others”. Doing this helps to figure out which steps to take next to find your truth. By being accepting and understanding of the unknown actions and decisions of others, is only going to help to expand your mind to find “Your Answer”. so ya deep thinking sometimes hinders us from achieving “success”, because rather than throw this crazy opportunity of existing away. We take it as the only chance to figure out why we are here. Obtaining anything in life above and beyond the necessities to survive seem pointless. every bit of energy that would be otherwise wasted is rather used to “Wake Up”. even if the outcome is far more favourable.to the”successful” life. it seems the only way to becoming a successful person is to “turn off” your mind. Embrace who you are and you will see it as an opportunity to find yourself. Especially if you feel like your looking for something.

  11. Chaitanya Vaishampayan November 11, 2018 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Wooow such a nice post. Atleast there is someone out there like me. This post really really gave me relief that I am not crazy at all(atleast relative to me). Each and every thing that is written in the post applies to me. I never expected to come across such a post or even anyone who is aware of all these facts about people like me. I really don’t have interest in mundane activities that people like, as written in the post. This post makes me feel that I am not alone. Is there any group for people like us? I wanna talk to them. If there is any group then pls mail me at [email protected]. I spend hours sitting in a same position thinking thinking and thinking. I tend to notice things that people cannot. I pay a lot of attention to the minutest of things, and derive conclusion from that. When I tell my parents or my friends about what I concluded from what I observed, they call me immature, childish, fool,crazy,etc. But most of the times, what I concluded comes out to be true, but people are too busy to observe that what I told them is actually true.

    Thank you very much for this post. Really it was a huge relief from the burden of loneliness. I have very few to no friends.

    • Braden November 11, 2018 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      Hello, Chaitanya. I just wanted to let you know I’ve emailed you about a Deep Thinkers group, in case the message goes to your junk/spam folder. 🙂

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