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Not like the others?

Not like the others?

One of these things is not like the others, One of these things just doesn’t belong, Can you tell which thing is not like the others By the time I finish my song? From Sesame Street song One Of These Things (is Not Like The Others) “Not only did my identity seem tangible, it also […]

Raising gifted kids: helping kids cope with intensity and giftedness

Raising gifted kids: helping kids cope with intensity and giftedness

Like many gifted children, my childhood was peppered with incidents of parents and other adults telling me to be calm, or even more devastating, to be ‘normal.’ If adults are uncomfortable with their own emotions they may be especially uncomfortable around the intensities of gifted children. What effect does this have on gifted kids? Recognizing […]

Steve Jobs: Intensities and Obsessions

Steve Jobs: Intensities and Obsessions

Excitabilites or unusual intensities in five areas: psychomotor, sensual, intellectual, imaginational and emotional, are personality traits and behaviors that many consider to be qualities of high ability people, traits which can be difficult or challenging, but may also contribute to developing outstanding talents. “I liked him. He was kind of skinny and wiry and full […]

Gifted adults are different from an early age

Gifted adults are different from an early age

One of the personal qualities that seems to be shared by most gifted children is being different and divergent – in terms of thinking, interests, values and behavior. Many gifted adults feel “wrong” or anxious about “not fitting in” even though being different can be a strength – a positive attribute. In the movie “Nancy […]

Sylvia Rimm on Perfectionism in the Gifted

Sylvia Rimm on Perfectionism in the Gifted

“I was at dance school doing about 35 hours practice a week until I was 14. Then ballet started to grate – the whole idea of trying to attain perfection started to ruin the experience.” Mia Wasikowska (“Alice in Wonderland”) What’s so bad about perfection? Isn’t it what we all strive for? In her interview, […]

Traumatic Childhood, Creative Adult

Traumatic Childhood, Creative Adult

Halle Berry said she recalls being terrified that her violent father, who physically abused her mother, would turn on her. “I think I’ve spent my adult life dealing with the sense of low self-esteem that sort of implanted in me. Somehow I felt not worthy.” She explained, “Before I’m ‘Halle Berry,’ I’m little Halle…a little […]

Close to madness or unstoppable? Do gifted children become gifted adults?

Close to madness or unstoppable? Do gifted children become gifted adults?

Gifted adults often struggle with the same challenges as gifted children. What factors help adults identified as gifted when young to continue to achieve? Educator Carol McGaughey comments about these issues: I think one area that needs to be addressed is what happens to these gifted individuals as they grow into adults. Is the folk […]

Gifted students and competition: coping with fraud feelings and stress

Gifted students and competition: coping with fraud feelings and stress

By Cat Robson When I was a child, and even through graduate school, I thought people were going to find out I was a fraud. I thought other talented people were doing better, achieving more and having more fun doing it, and I still tend to compare myself unfavorably with others on a daily basis. In her […]

Brainwave entrainment: Rest for the gifted brain

Brainwave entrainment: Rest for the gifted brain

On her Gifted Universe site, Elisa provides a good summary of brainwave entrainment. Here is an excerpt: How to shut or slow down the hamster wheel of a gifted mind? This is question I’ve been asked and have sometimes asked myself. Truthfully, it’s only recently that I’ve become aware of the potential for my brain […]

The gifted adult personality - too much for others?

The gifted adult personality – too much for others?

In her article Giftedness in the workplace (on her Talent Psychology site), Dr. Mary E. Jacobsen writes about some of the social challenges of being exceptional and intense, including high ability adults not understanding their own minds and unique characteristics. “No matter how brilliant they may be, gifted adults who have received inaccurate or scant […]

High Ability, High Sensitivity, High Anxiety

High Ability, High Sensitivity, High Anxiety

“All forms of self-expression that tap into curiosities, talents or deeply held interests, when pursued to excellence, are deeply nourishing.” That quote by Kenneth W. Christian, PhD is from his book Your Own Worst Enemy: Breaking the Habit of Adult Underachievement. There are many deeply rewarding aspects of being gifted and talented, creative, with exceptional […]

Gifted Teens: Two Davidson Fellows

Gifted Teens: Two Davidson Fellows

These are two of the many highly talented teens honored by fellowships from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development. John Michael Colón, Age: 17 – His portfolio, Art as Empathy: A Study of the Syncretic Potential of Literature, demonstrates the utility of literature and art in society. He writes that although human beings want to […]

Gifted relationships: On Being "Too Much" to the Right of the Curve

Gifted relationships: On Being “Too Much” to the Right of the Curve

Posted by Cat Robson For most of my life, finding friends and work that honored my intensity and intelligence wasn’t an issue for me. I thought I was just weird and damaged and that my loneliness was deserved. “Calm down,” “You take things too seriously,” “You’re so intense.” Most people seem calm and unphased by […]

Elaine Aron: Is high sensitivity the same as giftedness?

Elaine Aron: Is high sensitivity the same as giftedness?

In one of her newsletter articles, Elaine Aron addressed the differences between giftedness and sensitivity, in both children and adults. She wrote about being the invited speaker at a conference on developing gifted children, and comments: As I discussed my talk with the organizer, Linda Silverman, I realized that in her opinion high sensitivity was […]

The Gifted Ex-Child

The Gifted Ex-Child

Qualities of giftedness show up early in life and continue as an adult – characteristics such as being perfectionistic; persevering with interests; being an avid reader; having a vivid imagination and persistent curiosity; being highly sensitive and other traits. [See Self-tests : giftedness / high ability.] [Also see page on site of Deborah Ruf, PhD: […]

Higher IQ but still with challenges

Higher IQ but still with challenges

Victoria Cowie, 11, scored 162 on the adult admission tests for Mensa, above the IQ scores thought to have been achieved by Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates. Her father cites one example showing how uncommon she is: “When she was just three years old we were sitting in a cafe and she turned […]

Highly sensitive boys and men

Highly sensitive boys and men

Research by Dr. Ted Zeff indicates : “North American HSMs (highly sensitive males) who reported that they had supportive parents as boys and who played group sports as a boy were “never” or “rarely” teased for being sensitive. “However, the North American HSMs who reported that neither parents were supportive of their sensitivity, and who […]

Carol Dweck on developing creative talent

Carol Dweck on developing creative talent

Carol S. Dweck, PhD is a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. She writes in an issue of the Duke Gifted Letter about attitudes toward giftedness and developing creative talent: *  Some people are born gifted, and others are not. * You can tell who will be gifted from early on. * Gifted children should […]

Getting through adolescence is challenging for many creative people

Getting through adolescence is challenging for many creative people

Many talented and creative people have felt like outsiders, finding their teen years to be socially difficult and emotionally challenging. “I did not perform well socially in junior high. I was a strange girl and I was in a lot of pain because of that, like most teenagers.” Claire Danes Many highly talented people like […]

Adora Svitak on developing creativity: We need 'childish' thinking

Adora Svitak on developing creativity: We need ‘childish’ thinking

In his article Practice Being Like a Child, Jim Rohn advised: “Learn to be curious like a child… A child’s curiosity is what helps them to reach, learn and grow.” Adora Svitak, 12, points out that children have much to offer, and boldly questions the dismissive label “childish,” citing examples of other non-adults who are […]

Some saw me as a person with rare insight, others thought I was crazy.

Some saw me as a person with rare insight, others thought I was crazy.

Those kinds of mixed reactions [in the title] are not so unusual for exceptional, gifted and talented children and adults. “I got that whole precocious thing [as a child]. I had no reason to doubt my own abilities or not share my opinion. The adults were offended, and the kids were resentful. I was persona […]

Daniel Tammet on Labels and Intelligence

Daniel Tammet on Labels and Intelligence

An author with autistic savant syndrome, Daniel Tammet thinks the astounding abilities he has, such as being able to recite 22,514 digits of pi from memory, are not due to some cerebral or genetic fluke, but based on an associative form of thinking and imagination. He thinks differences between savant and non-savant minds have been […]

The Multitalented Seth MacFarlane

The Multitalented Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane, an Academy Awards host, was “a serious singer and musician who’s sold out New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Royal ­Albert Hall” and is “the highest-paid TV writer in history” [for Family Guy, and American Dad!]. But he admits, “I wish I was better at taking in how great my life is, but […]

Kids and creativity in the classroom

Kids and creativity in the classroom

By Cat Robson When I was a kid I was constantly criticized for daydreaming by my teachers and parents. Once, in kindergarten, I ‘came-to’ and found the entire playground empty – except for me, still singing and swinging, oblivious to the loud end-of-recess bell. My imagination has always been my greatest asset…and my bête noire. […]

Surprised to be gifted: the inner world of unrecognized giftedness

Surprised to be gifted: the inner world of unrecognized giftedness

In her post “to my surprise…” on her site Temporary Reality, “neighbor” wrotes about the experience of growing up gifted that many of us can relate to. [The site is apparently offline or removed.] Here is an excerpt – published here by permission: When I was little I was labelled Gifted.  God, it sounds so […]

Intensity of the imagination: Precious and Phoebe in Wonderland

Intensity of the imagination: Precious and Phoebe in Wonderland

The movies Precious, and Phoebe in Wonderland both have characters that make use of their imaginational intensity or overexcitability as part of their personality and a valuable way to deal with challenges in their lives. What is intensity / overexcitability? Stephanie Tolan, a writer and advocate for extremely bright children, notes the original Polish word […]

Gifted, talented, misunderstood: 10 Misconceptions About Gifted Adults

Gifted, talented, misunderstood: 10 Misconceptions About Gifted Adults

In her article “10 Misconceptions About Gifted Adults”, Jane Macondo sheds some light on why gifted people can be baffled…and baffling. She writes: Gifted adults are largely invisible. One of the reasons very few apply the term to themselves is due to the misconceptions about giftedness – in adulthood as well as childhood. Many adults […]