Gifted and talented adults still hiding out

Ida LupinoGifted children often learn to stifle or cover up their unusual cognitive abilities and other talents. As adults, many still follow a pattern of hiding and retreating.

When she began directing in the forties, Ida Lupino sometimes claimed not to know the best way to line up a shot or specify a line reading, explaining “Men hate bossy women. Sometimes I pretend to know less than I do.”

But covering up, not acknowledging, or discounting our talents and abilities is not just something done by females.

As Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton declare in their book Now, Discover Your Strengths, “Unfortunately most of us have little sense of our talents and strengths, much less the ability to build our lives around them.”

Continued on High Ability.

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  1. I had to live with my “problems” for 50 years, I’m now 52 years old.

    Well, I did get told at age 44 I had depression “heres an antidepressant”…
    I gained 75 pounds too.. :(

    At age 50 was sent to a psychiatrist (I was trying to qualify for obesity surgery.. you don’t qualify when you have mental illness’s.
    You might commit suicide for Gods sake!
    I have A.D.D., & Dysthymia. Learning disorders such as Dyslexia & Dyscalculia, these are not illness’s these are gifts..
    I am a great writer although my academics were poor in school years, my writing, drawing & architectural abilities have soared over the years, but here I sit getting my SSDI… ouch. Nobody listens.. hey if I was unable, I surely would not be typing this all here.

  2. I fall into this category- as an individual- and now I’m doing my Thesis on this very topic: Student Trans-Cultural Giftedness at University Level.
    I guess I felt it was the only way I could give back to Society for the nine years of hell I went through.
    Up untill I started this paper, I was convinced to hide my gift as it manifested in my personality and was continuously rejected by those around me. Because no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t control it’s growth.
    Now I want to help them understand me, and others like me at my University to put an end to the psychological torment, anger and disappointment that people like myself face in this society.

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