What’s the difference between intelligence, knowledge and someone who is an academic? It feels good to be right and I know my stuff, but my woman tells me I am too much in my head and book smart with no common sense and no ability to connect to her emotionally. She said I don’t know when or how to admit being wrong, ill informed or doubtful, or feeling love and we fight a lot.
Intelligence is innate. You are born with it, a byproduct of your genetics. Intelligence refers to one’s ability to process a variety of information, reason and come up with solutions and assessments based on that processing.
Intelligent people are usually creative and able to store and retrieve information, understand concepts easily, think outside the box, and connect the dots quickly and with little or no instruction. Some people put their intelligence to good use to progress both themselves and mankind, and others waste theirs on stupid stuff like creating computer viruses.
Knowledge is what you gain by reading books, talking with people, and through life experience. Knowledge is very, very powerful when gained through experience. Knowledge combined with intelligence creates a wise, thoughtful, analytical person that we are drawn to when we need help and solutions.
Academics are people to whom a collection of quotes, book passages, news items, etc. are of key importance. These little professor types gain the vast majority of their knowledge in structured settings such as colleges and universities.
Academic knowledge is tangible and measurable by transcripts, GPAs, and number of degrees obtained. In my view academic knowledge is the least valuable in our personal lives because it doesn’t reflect your personality or how successfully you relate to other people to motivate them, empower them, give them hope or guide them when they are lost. However academic knowledge seems to be the most valued in career settings.
Academic people with book smarts are often referred to as geeks or kinda odd, because they have no social skills. People feel they are cold and lack understanding and empathy because those things aren’t “logical.” Many academics are nothing but educated fools – they are brilliant in their field of expertise but absolute idiots when it comes to knowing how to romance their woman.
Sounds to me like your woman knows you well and wants you to love her with your heart not your head. If you don’t want to lose her, I suggest you listen.