Being misunderstood, by ourselves and others, seems to come with the territory of giftedness.
Linda Kreger Silverman of the Gifted Development Center explains:
Giftedness creates a different organization of the Self.
Impossible dreams are realized, unrealistic goals achieved, insurmountable obstacles surmounted by Selves whose vision is a more powerful reality than the limitations that most of the world accepts as real.
Peak experiences and devastating lows often come with the territory.
Rushes of energy at unpredictable times drive gifted adults until they find that note, as Dustin Hoffman so aptly described it during the 1996 Golden Globe awards.
Annemarie Roeper (1991) eloquently explains this drive:
Gifted adults are often driven by their giftedness. Gifted individuals do not know what creates the drive, the energy, the absolute necessity to act.
They may have no choice but to explore, compose, write, paint, develop theories… or do whatever else it is that has become uppermost in their minds.
They need to know; they need to learn; they must climb the mountain because it is there.
This “drivenness,” this one-track-mindedness, may keep them from sleeping or eating, from engaging in sex or any other normal behavior, for the duration of their specific involvement.
Is this a drive to achieve? Not necessarily. “They need to know; they need to learn; they must climb the mountain because it is there.”
The gifted Self is driven by both curiosity and the need for expression–in words, art, music, dance, visual models, mathematical formulas, whatever.
Sometimes this drivenness results in accomplishments that everyone admires, but more often it concentrates on activities that have significance only for the individual: an exquisite flower arrangement, a brilliantly executed chess move, a fabulous idea, a to-die-for chocolate sauce…
The elation that comes from finding “that note,” that word, that move, that brush stroke, that solution, is indescribable. It is pure magic. At that moment, no external rewards matter. There is only the delicious appreciation of now.
Csikszentmihalyi calls it “flow.”
From Through the Lens of Giftedness, by Linda Kreger Silverman, Roeper Review, Vol. 20, 1998.
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