embracing your giftedness

Giftedness is not what you do or how hard you work. It is who you are. You think differently. You experience life intensely. You care about injustice. You seek meaning. You appreciate and strive for the exquisite. You are painfully sensitive. You are extremely complex. You cherish integrity. Your truth-telling has gotten you in trouble.  Should 98% of the population find you odd, seek the company of those who love you just the way you are. You are not broken. You do not need to be fixed. You are utterly fascinating. Trust yourself!           ~ Linda Silverman

If you have established that you are, or may be, a gifted adult, your perception of the world is likely to be different from much of the general population. But, what does this mean for you as an individual? Psychologist Deborah Ruf looks at the ways being gifted can impact our lives, and how our childhood experiences have an impact on the people we are today. If you’re new to giftedness and are hoping to gain a better understanding of yourself through learning more then this is a wonderful article by Lisa Erickson, titled ‘Coming out Gifted’.

As is the case with the general population, a percentage of gifted individuals are also highly sensitive. If you think that you are particularly sensitive then understanding more about highly sensitive people may help you better understand why you experience the world as, what one of my friends refers to, a ‘raw nerve end’. For more information on the intersection of giftedness and sensitivity, hop over and read Elaine Aron’s work in this area – click here :) .

If you have high levels of empathy and struggle with coping with the pain of other people, often feeling it as if it is your own, then it is possible that having such high levels of empathy and moral awareness affect your daily interactions with other people. If so, then this article on moral sensitivity, which looks at these issues in terms of personality and asynchronous development, is definitely worth a read.

Are you a gifted female? If you would like to understand more about how to better understand and effectively express your identity as a gifted adult, and what this may entail, then this article, titled Gifted Women: Identity and Expression, may be of use in self-understanding :) .

Like everyone else, sometimes gifted adults require psychotherapy and counselling. However, if your practitioner does not understand the psychology of giftedness and creativity then they may not be able to understand your needs. Understanding yourself begins with the desire to seek knowledge, and there is plenty of research available on the internet that can inform your journey towards self-understanding and acceptance. There are things that need to be considered regarding types of therapy and gifted adults, and the linked articles help to explain such issues. For information on appropriate techniques for counselling gifted adults, click here. If you’re just coming to terms with the ‘G’ word then Arousing the Sleeping Giant: Giftedness in Adult Psychotherapy‘ -is definitely worth a read.

This is a fantastic article on coming to terms with being a gifted adult and all that this process may entail. If you have a few minutes to spare then Francis Heylighen’s writing on ‘Gifted Individuals and their Problems’ will provide some interesting reading.

http://laughingatchaos.com/2012/02/01/i-dont-brag-about-my-gifted-kid/

http://talentdevelop.com/articles/CopThAw.html gifted awareness

http://talentdevelop.com/articles/FAG.html fostering adult giftedness

http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes1.htm

http://christinefonseca.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/dear-jen/

 

A great article looking at the social and emotional qualities of gifted adults. Discovering the gifted ex child.

Multipotentiality, stress, and anxiety http://talentdevelop.com/801/multitalented-but-stressed-slow-down-you-move-too-fast/

Advocating for the Gifted Adult – if you feel like you don’t really quite fit anywhere then this article will provide you a idea of what it means to be a gifted adult.

 

 

A blog post by Christine Fonseca on stress and the gifted adult.

Long pod cast about gifted adults and adhd.