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Existential depression in gifted individuals

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This article by James Webb discusses existential depression among gifted young people. He examines what it is, how it may manifest in a gifted child, and what a parent can do to help their child through these difficult feelings.
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Guilty about being exceptional | High Ability / Gifted Adults

Guilty about being exceptional | High Ability / Gifted Adults | gifted | Scoop.it

Being highly talented and exceptional can engender a complex mix of feelings about your self and how you relate to your advanced abilities, and to the world.

 

Mary-Elaine Jacobsen writes about clients “coming to grips with his or her giftedness, and what that means when re-discovery unlocks feelings of guilt, remorse, regret, anger, and fears about expectations.”

As an example of a “newly-identified gifted adult” she quotes a former client: “All these years I thought being so sensitive, picky, emotional, and driven was something to be ashamed of..."


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Superhuman or Extra Intelligent? | High Ability / Gifted Adults

Superhuman or Extra Intelligent? | High Ability / Gifted Adults | gifted | Scoop.it

By Willem Kuipers – From a section of his book “Enjoying the Gift of Being Uncommon.” -- One of the greatest obstacles to the recognition of extra intelligent people is the mysterious qualities and extreme rarity that many people (including parents) associate with “uncommon intelligence."

 

Often it is either a kind of child-prodigy–assumption, like Mozart, or a comparison with other long-gone icons like Einstein and Madame Curie...But the group we want to discuss amounts to something like 2% of the population, that is, 1 in 50.


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