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Lisa Erickson

Lisa Erickson, MS, LMHC is an experienced Seattle counselor "when you want the next part of your life to be better than the first." Her clinical interests include the relationship between giftedness, addiction and trauma. http://www.lisaerickson.net

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He estado pensando acerca de los diferentes tipos de perfeccionismo, después de una discusión que tuve con un superdotado sobreviviente de trauma. Pude distinguir con mayor claridad que algunos aspectos de su perfeccionismo tenían que ver con su experiencia de vivir con altas capacidades y otros estaban relacionados con problemas en su familia de origen.

La persona que me llama por teléfono dice que comenzó a llorar después de leer mi website. No es la primera vez que escucho esta reacción. La página que leyeron no es la de adicciones ó la de depresión. Sólo hay una página que produce esta reacción. Quien llama leyó acerca de individuos superdotados en mi sitio web. Se trata de información que es nueva para ellos. Algunas personas siempre han sabido que tienen altas capacidades: Este artículo es para quienes no lo sabían.

Lisbeth Salander is the fictional heroine of Steig Larsson’s trilogy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. As the heroine, Lisbeth Salander embodies certain characteristics of giftedness, and these characteristics help her survive terrible, long-term physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

I’ve been thinking about varieties of perfectionism since having a discussion with a gifted trauma survivor.  It became clear that some of their perfectionism was an expression of giftedness and some was related to family of origin issues.  Same outcome, different sources.  Does the source of perfectionism matter?  I think it does.  By understanding the differences we can clarify what can be embraced and managed, and what can be healed. Different sources, different strategies.

By Lisa Erickson, MS, LMHC. Understanding yourself as a gifted person can be compared to the coming out process for gays.  The analogy is not perfect: after all, gifted people don’t need to worry about personal safety, job security, discrimination and homophobia, or abandonment by family or friends because of their giftedness. Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgendered people do. But there are useful parallels.

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