The Essence of Giftedness
When a gifted individual’s endowed traits – extra sensitivities, intense curiosity and drive to master; razor sharp cognitive abilities and uncanny intuition develop in synchrony, their accomplishments and ambitions well exceeds their years.
When these same traits ,however conflict internally with one another or conflict with the demands of school, family and peers, gifted growth can be blocked making remarkable personal assets seem like unwanted disabilities.
Personality Characteristics of Gifted Children, Gifted Adolescents and Gifted Adults
- An intense drive to explore, understand and master the environment. This drive can feel like a powerful physiological force that is difficult to describe and hard to control or direct
- Intense motivation to explore “big” ideas and “big problems” in detail and in depth.
- A capacity for learning that is immediate and effortless:
- Their unusual capacity to combine razor sharp logical and uncanny intuition makes them bored and impatient with conventional teaching and standard educational settings
Common Conflicts of Gifted Children, Gifted Adolescents and Gifted Adults
- Superior abilities and sensitivities are frequently experienced as both powerful assets and annoying disabilities.
- Desires for friendship and intimacy conflict with needs for privacy.
- Leaps of creative insight can often seem less reliable that knowledge gained from logical cognitive processes.
- Feeling grateful for supportive parents and mentors conflicts with feelings of resentment for the prolonged dependency required to develop expertise.
- Feeling proud of a superior endowment but feeling ashamed and frightened of envy and retaliation.
Therapy for the Gifted Child and Gifted Adolescent
Therapy for the Gifted Adult
Underachievement in Gifted Adolescents and Gifted Young Adults
Common Problems of Gifted Children, Gifted Adolescents and Gifted Adults
- Learning disabilities
- Reading disabilities: dyslexia
- Writing disabilities: dysgraphia
- Math disabilities: dyscalculia
- Low motivation
- Existential depression
Our Diagnostic, Assessment and Therapeutic Approach
- The Cognitive Behavioral Component
- Identifies the conscious cognitive aspect of problems such as
Self destructive behavior
Gifted Individuals with Learning Disabilities (Twice Exceptionality): A Psychodynamic Approach
It is a comprehensive method that fills the gap left by these two, yet allows for an integrated interpretation of their findings.
A psychodynamic assessment considers the possibility that environmental and emotional factors may be primary causes of learning disabilities and gifted learning disability syndromes.
Psychoeducational and neuropsychological assessments of learning disabilities and gifted learning disability syndromes are based on controversial assumptions that are ultimately pessimistic.
A Psychodynamic approach is based on assumptions that are optimisticRead More