Many gifted adults don't even know that they are gifted. There are several characteristics of giftedness that if misunderstood in childhood lead to feelings of defectiveness and isolation in adulthood. So what is giftedness, anyway? Giftedness, as it is understood today, is not necessarily about child prodigies or geniuses. It used to be measured solely in terms of IQ, and the idea was that anyone with an IQ of 130 or over was intellectually gifted. But current thought in the field is that the IQ test is much too limiting. The characteristics being looked at now are:
The Polish psychiatrist, Kazimierz Dabrowski, coined the term “overexcitability” to describe the highly intelligent and outlined 5 categories of overexcitabilities (or OE’s): Psychomotor, Sensual, Intellectual, Imaginational and Emotional. These OE’s are now being used to predict and identify giftedness in children.
According to Marylou Kelly Streznewski, in her book, “Gifted Grownups,” (which is an excellent book, and very readable) there are roughly three types of gifted people: Strivers, Superstars and Independents.
It is so important to understand, rather than judge, what drives you and what you are sensitive to. A working alliance with the right therapist can help you to value what makes you unique.
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Melanie Brown Kroon, MFT
The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanely sensitive. To them... a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death.
Add to this
cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity
to create, create, create -- so that without
the creating of music or poetry or books or
buildings or something of meaning, their very
breath is cut off... They must create, must
pour out creation. By some strange, unknown,
inward urgency they are not really alive unless
they are creating.