Articles on Emotional Needs

Getting Over Overexcitabilities: Effectively Managing Family Interactions when Family Members Have Different Overexcitabilities

Family interactions can be challenging. However, when all the family members have overexcitabilities and not necessarily the same ones, effectively managing family interactions can be extremely challenging. This article provides a brief overview of the different overexcitabilities. Then researched based recommendations are provided for how to effectively manage family interactions when overexcitabilities are involved based on the authors’ personal experiences as individuals with overexcitabilities within families whose members also have overexcitabilities. These recommendations are provided for families trying to “get over” or effectively manage their overexcitabilities.

Emotional Intensity in Gifted Children

By Lesley Kay Sword Giftedness has an emotional as well as intellectual component. Intellectual complexity goes hand in hand with emotional depth. Just as gifted children's thinking is more complex and has more depth than other children's, so too are their emotions...

The Moral Sensitivity of Gifted Children and the Evolution of Society

Linda Kreger Silverman Abstract: In this article, I use a combination of clinical observations and theoretical propositions to demonstrate that the cognitive complexity and certain personality traits of the gifted create unique experiences and awarenesses that...

Gifted Kids at Risk: Who's Listening?

Gifted Kids at Risk: Who's Listening? By Patricia A. Schuler Driving home from last week's Hollingworth Conference on the Highly Gifted, I heard a radio interview with Thomas Moore, author of Care of the Soul. He spoke of the loss of empathy in our lives. His words...

The Emotional Needs of the Gifted Child

by Annemarie Roeper The emotions are the heart and soul of giftedness. The heart and soul of the human being is my passion. I have been preoccupied with it throughout my life. When we look into the eyes of children and adults we see their souls. We receive their...

Exploring Social and Emotional Aspects of Giftedness in Children

Parents of gifted children have few guidelines about how to deal with issues resulting from their children’s giftedness. Not only intellectual, but also, social and emotional issues provide challenges for parents. Five social/emotional traits of giftedness (divergent thinking ability, excitability, sensitivity, perceptiveness and entelechy) are described, and the specific issues that parents must face to enable their children to reach their full potential are explored.

Overexcitability and the Gifted

Overexcitability and the Gifted by Sharon Lind A small amount of definitive research and a great deal of naturalistic observation have led to the belief that intensity, sensitivity and overexcitability are primary characteristics of the highly gifted. These...

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