Gifted individuals possess unusual intellectual and emotional capabilities.
When these characteristics - emotional hypersensitivity, intense curiosity, incredible intuition, rapid understanding and learning, among others - are taken into consideration and cared for, the individual is able to develop in a way that can lead to great accomplishments and fulfillment.
Problems can arise, however, when the individual's functioning is misunderstood or not identified. Many gifted people suffer from a lack of understanding of their functioning and due to their differences from the norm.
Contrary to popular belief, many gifted children and teens suffer great difficulty in school and socially. While each person is different, common complaints are :
- Scolastic underachievement
- Lack of Motivation
- Feelings of Isolation
- Existential Depression
- Self-Destructive Behaviour
Gifted adults can also suffer from both emotional and professional issues.
It is important for the individual to be aware of the traits of giftedness in order to better understand his or her own functioning.
Due to the hypersensitivities inherent with giftedness, often times a therapeutic relationship is necessary in order for the person to express and make sense of his or her reality and move towards fulfillment.
If you or your child has been diagnosed as gifted and would like to discuss the topic with me, please contact me.