Jodie Foster once commented about Russell Crowe, “He has that glacier intensity.”
Intensity is one of the reasons we enjoy the performances of acclaimed actors, and it is a key personality quality of many gifted and talented, creative people.
In her post Tips for Working With Emotional Intensity (she notes it is her contribution to SENG’s Blog Tour celebrating their National Parenting Gifted Children week), Christine Fonseca provides a summary:
“Intensity comes in the form of cognitive intensity – those aspects of thinking and processing information that all gifted individuals use to problem solve. It relates to the attributes of focus, sustained attention, creative problem solving, and advanced reasoning skills. Most people think of cognitive intensity as intellect, or ‘being smart’ – all good things.”
She continues, “But a gifted child’s intensity does not stop there. The emotional aspects of a gifted individual are also intense…”
Gifted kids grow up – and we may still experience intensity and its challenges as adults.
Continued in my post: Channeling Intensity Through Creative Expression