Presented by Sharon Barnes

Date, Time, Cost

Thursday, August 24th
7.30PM EDT – 9.00PM EDT
Fee: $30.00 for SENG Members; $40.00 for Non-Members
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Relationships are essential for anyone, and often challenging for gifted people. This topic explores the challenges unique to gifted couples, and lays out tools they can use to improve their couple relationships. Couple relationships can be daunting for anyone. Modern expectations of marriage place unprecedented pressures on a married couple’s relationship. Other types of couple relationships are equally complex and challenging. The Gifted characteristics of acute awareness, sensitivity and intensity can combine to amplify the difficulties for gifted couples. This SENGinar will explore these difficulties and move on to discuss perspectives and practical tools Gifted couples can use to more through these snags toward experiencing a satisfying, mutually rewarding relationship.

Topics included will be

  • How sensitivity and intensity play a role in a gifted couple’s relationship; how to identify them when they do, and how to get through the difficulty this may bring so you can access the often hidden benefit it may also bring.
  • The four main issues gifted couples fight about, and how to resolve these differences without a fight by identifying the hidden needs and getting those needs met
  • If a fight is necessary, or when you find yourselves fighting, how to fight fair in love without making war
  • Opposites often attract – how your similarities and differences impact a gifted couple’s relationship
  • Emotions are woven into all of this. Yet we live in modern culture where having and discussing emotions are taboo. You’ll learn how to cross this taboo without getting hurt, how to become aware of your emotions and express them constructively in ways that nurture and nourish a gifted couple’s relationship.


About the Presenter

Sharon BarnesSharon M. Barnes, LCSW, Therapist for Sensitive and Gifted, helps highly sensitive and gifted people of all ages cope with over-sensitivity, develop social & emotional resilience, recover from trauma and adversity, and develop their strengths so they can thrive. She has a Masters of Science Degree from San Diego State University and is licensed to provide psychotherapy in Colorado, USA. She provides local psychotherapy, online distance consultation, presentations, playshops, retreats and professional development for mental health and education professionals. She is also an internationally published author, frequent speaker in the fields of giftedness and high sensitivity, and a textile artist.


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