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Gifted Adults are People too.

Posted by Terrible on April 21, 2007 – 8:49 pm

Had this in my mail this morning. Seemed like an interesting thing to pass along.


“The Top 10 Signs of Giftedness in Adulthood”

The vast majority of adults who were labeled “gifted” in childhood are unaware that they’re advanced development would continue to have an impact throughout their lives. Contrary to popular belief, giftedness is not characterized by high intelligence alone. Rather, gifted individuals experience early and exceptional psychological, spiritual and intellectual development. As a result, gifted adults exhibit common personality traits and face similar challenges on the road to self-actualization. Gifted adults demonstrate:
1) Qualitative Differences in Information Processing. Characterized by: unique perception and awareness; a sense of humor and creativity outside the norm; questioning, searching for truth, intuitiveness; insightfulness; comfort with both divergent thinking (breaking things into components) and synergistic thinking (putting things together to form something new and different); relentless curiosity and heightened creative drive; being more process-oriented than product-oriented; holding divergent values compared to mainstream culture.
2) High Sensitivity. Characterized by: sensitivity to others often combined with a sense of personal ailenation and loneliness; acute awareness of complexities and consequences; heightened responsivity to expectations of others.
3) Intensity. Characterized by: high excitability; high energy level; emotional reactivity; high arousal of central nervous system (Kazimierz Dabrowski Theory of Positive Disintegration).
4) Multipotentiality. Characterized by: having capabilities in many areas and domains of talent; can move fluidly from one pursuit or interest to the next; the ability to juggle many things at once.
5) Idealism. Characterized by: striving for moral integrity; interest in social reform and service; extraordinarily high standards; low tolerance for mediocrity and frustration.
6) Perfectionism. Characterized by: self-criticism; labeling oneself as “scattered”; having a lowered sense of entitlement to make mistakes; indentifying easily with failure; thinking they are more likely to blame then others; difficulty taking credit for achievement and abilities (“imposter” phenomenon).
7) Need for Autonomy. Characterized by feeling of: being out of step and on a seperate path; being “Other”; not fitting in; striving for inner authenticity; may experience deep conflicts between needs for self-actualization and maintaining traditional relationships.
8) Strong Entelechy (from Greek for “having a goal”). Characterized by: the need for self-determanation; for self-actualization; leadership qualities; achievement-orientation; interest in non-traditional careers and professions.
9) Intense Moral Commitment. Characterized by: seeing injustice and doing something about it; willingness to stand up for one’s beliefs; outrage at moral breaches that the rest of the world seems to take for granted.
10) Global View. Characterized by: respect for all human beings; a greater capacity for empathy; concern for others – especially children; sensitivity and warmth.
via The Vermonter :” Paulette Wagner forwarded it for your enjoyment as ‘The Top 10 Signs of Giftedness in Adulthood’. She saw it as submitted by Elyse Killoran, Personal Coach and Life Strategist, who specializes in work with Gifted Women. The original source is: The work of Douglas Eby, Mary Rocamora, Kathleen Noble and studies conducted by Linda Kreger Silverman of the Institute for the Study of Advanced Development. Copyright 1997, 98, 99, Coach U (www.coachu.com), all rights reserved. This content may be forwarded in full, with copyright, contact and creation information intact, without specific permission, when used only in a not-for-profit format.


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  1. 1. Terrible Said:

    And somewhat related:
    The Ideological Animal

  2. 2. SeattleDan Said:

    Textbook definition of a reactionary is that he/she reacts to events. That absolves he or she from thinking about things, and analyzing those events. Dennis Miller went through the same transformation, and he is the worse for it. Damn, how easy it would be not to have to think. Wouldn’t that be sweet. 9/11 was an incredible experience for us progressives. Tammy and I poured over every obit in the NYT then, cried over them. But it didn’t change our worldview and make us go over to the dark side. That’s for people who are too tired to think. And it shows.

    Good post, terrible. I hadn’t realized how gifted I am! And Tammy, too. We’re so special! And so are you!

  3. 3. Terrible Said:

    I think that is it Dan, those alledged “progressives” that became “conservative” after 9/11 simply wanted to be absolved from having to think and analys the facts in a rational fashion.

    And for Gods sake Dan, you own a bookstore! Of course you’re gifted!!!

    It was really interesting to me to see in this list of signs not just the signs of giftedness but signs of progressiveness also. It was definitely those with weak intellecual and moral abilities that followed the loyal bushie path. I have to admit I’ve never been able to understand how some people allow others to think and feel for them. It’s just laziness and weakness to me. And I’ll never forgive them for trying to label that as “patriotism”.

  4. 4. RenB Said:

    Interesting post, Terrible–

    fits in with something I read earlier today….

    http://www.crooksandliars.com/2007/04/21/
    the-ideological-animal/

    Hope I don’t break Blogger with that.

    RenB

  5. 5. Anntichrist S. Coulter Said:

    What they never teach you in gifted class (or, at least, the primordial-ooze excuse for a “gifted and talented program” that I was in, back in the stone ages, didn’t) is HOW DO YOU FUNCTION IN THE SAME PLANET WITH THE MEDIOCRE FUCKS WHO SOMEHOW MANAGE TO HOLD ALL OF THE POWER?!?!??!?!

    And why the fuck can’t they just leave us the fuck alone and let us do what we’re actually GOOD AT, instead of tormenting us our entire fucking lives because we don’t fit into their round fucking holes, so WE are the ones who are constantly abused, mocked, tortured, and belittled by THEM, because our brains function on a level that they can’t even imagine, but they deem themselves “superior” because they can “fit in” with all of the other sheeple and be what the sheeple consider to be “superior.”

    I hate people, especially the bass-ackwards recidivist cocksuckers in Louisiana (especially the ones who claim to be related to me) who have tried to beat me down all of my fucking life for being a “freak,” for being a hyperlexic weirdo who was never “good enough” for the mediocre sheep.

    When you can’t even do anything “right” in the view of those morons who spawned you, how in the FUCK are you supposed to figure out how to “succeed” in this world, when even a college education doesn’t teach you that?!??!?!

  6. 6. Donnie McDaniel Said:

    Great post! Annti, we just have to strive to one up those jackasses. We know what makes us happy, and it pisses some people off. The history of the world shows us that those that dare to think outside the box, are outcast.

    But the future usually proves us to be right. Perfect example, think of the first time that someone claimed the world to be round or that it revolved around the sun. We know they were right, and now we can see the nay sayers as the shitheads they were. Can you say Global Warming? History will once again, come to defend us.

  7. 7. Terrible Said:

    Well there were no gifted classes for me Annti, Vermont law says that no state funds can be spent specificlly for gifted children. Pretty fucked up, huh? Anyway… I’ve always had to ask that too though – HOW DO YOU FUNCTION IN THE SAME PLANET WITH THE MEDIOCRE FUCKS WHO SOMEHOW MANAGE TO HOLD ALL OF THE POWER?!?!??!?!

    Still looking for the answer to that one! In the mean time I just try to throw them off balance enough that maybe, just maybe, they think a little for a change.

  8. 8. Saborlas Said:

    Exactly the qualities in myself I needed to be reminded about at this very moment! I just got a lovely reminder of exactly how little I’ve accomplished in life, so it’s nice that I can remember something to balance it out.

    That, and peanut butter ice cream. Better than Prozac, although it does come with its own suite of side effects.

    As a child, I was tested and fell into the Gifted range (IQ 131 as of high school, although I prefer Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences). It’s scary how accurate that list of common “gifted” personality traits is. I’ve already referred it to someone who says it fits her “to a T.”

    Fortunately, I have other personality traits which make me unique. The last thing this world needs is an army of gifted CLONES.

  9. 9. Terrible Said:

    peanut butter ice cream

    YES!!! YUM!!

  10. 10. BlondeSense Liz Said:

    Oh my. that was a list of my son’s traits. It’s been a rocky road trying to raise him, especially since the schools, in my neck of the woods anyway, prefer to concentrate on less abled students and let the ones who would benefit humankind fall through the cracks. It was a long and arduous road for me these past 21 years. Without the money needed for me to get my son into the proper schools, I had to do my best to keep him motivated and encourage him along the way. I got smarter just trying to teach him all the things he wanted to learn.

    I’m no elitist smarty pants, but I did recognize in him something that I felt would be beneficial to all of humanity and I wasn’t about to let it fall by the wayside. I wouldn’t let them program him for mediocrity. We have enough of that right now. Many of his better teachers recognized his special qualities and sensitivity to others. They offered extra-curricular activities for him. That kept me motivated too.

    In a few weeks, he’ll graduate from college with degrees in anthropology and political science. He got top honors and was hailed by his professors as the student most likely to become a prominent anthropologist. He’s still the same sweet thing he always was. He will soon be off to do field work in other parts of the world before he goes to grad school next year. His ultimate goal is to help set up fair trade crafts guilds in African countries.

    I’m really so proud of him. I know he had a very tough time in school growing up. He was frequently bored and unmotivated until he got to college and found his passion. It wasn’t the passion that I had expected, but it all makes sense now. I’ll continue to encourage him because someone’s got to do it. I think that all parents need to encourage and motivate their kids no matter where they fall on the brightness scale. It’s not easy. I’m exhausted. The good kind of exhausted.

  11. 11. Agent Orange Said:

    I went back to my elementary school when I was 16. They remembered me because I was “so smart” which is why they never labled me as having dyslexia because they didn’t want to “hold me back”. I was evaluated with an IEP and still couldn’t finish school because I was a girl with non hyperactive ADD. They didn’t look for that kind of thing. What is it that is so damn threatening?

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