In the learning abilities field, there are several ways to classify this kind of person:
capable of deep feeling, and thus of deep emotional suffering, be so callous as to inflict it on others?
The most general category would be a kind of nonverbal learning disorder
and fits people who, although capable of strong emotions, cannot generalize
enough to recognize that other people share similar emotions. There's a disconnect where they don't recognize anything but what's within themselves and don't understand cause and effect of their own behaviors. People whom we say have autistic spectrum behaviors fit this category but so do others.
It's a matter of brain wiring but that oughtn't to get people off the hook.
The human brain is amazingly plastic and has the ability to grow new pathways no matter how old the person. So even geniuses with bad social behavior can learn - if they have the motivation to do so
- how to behave nicer.
But do all geniuses have poor social skills? No way. There's just as much variety among them as there are among us "regular folks". We see that every time we go to the supermarket or, especially the DMV
. In fact, everywhere we go, we see lots of regular people behaving badly
As others have said about genius, in many cases it's a matter of environment - how others treat them BECAUSE of their genius. As a teacher in alternative school settings, I am sorry to say I have seen this countless times. If someone grows up believing that rules of decency don't have to apply to them, then chances are they'll behave badly as adults too. It doesn't take genius to figure that out. :grinning-smiley-001: