Articles for Individuals

If You’re So Smart, Why Do You Need Counseling?

by Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D Self-indulgent. Whiny. Weak. Many of the generation who lived through the Great Depression and World War II would admit that they do not understand the current popularity of psychotherapy. If you’re depressed, get on with it. Fix it. Change...

One More Door… A Personal Challenge

by Sheri Plybon I recently began a new SENG Model Parent Group of ten parents. In preparation for our discussion of chapter four ofA Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children, Motivation, Enthusiasm, and Underachievement, I wanted to be able to present an additional short...

Introversion

Introversion Author: Sharon Lind  Citation: From The SENG Update, July 2004 My overriding passion is to encourage people to cherish, celebrate, raise awareness about, and discuss individual differences. It is OK to be different, to feel differently. One group of...

Dabrowski’s TPD

by Cheryl Ackerman It seems that certain phrases repeatedly arise in conversations among people when they talk about the gifted people they know. It is common to hear:  "He is soooo sensitive and feels other people’s pain as his own."  "Why can’t she just do what...

Attention and Passion

by Nadia Webb My husband tells me that I am the biggest threat to my own possessions. I put things away where they will be safe and forget where I put them. I also have a knack for allowing things to slip under the car seat unobserved. These days it is one of the...

Gifted Adults

by Cheryl Ackerman In a society that largely considers gifted adults to be those who have achieved some significance in their field, and which focuses almost all of its attention (when it pays any at all) on gifted children, it is challenging to think about gifted...

Emotional Sensitivity

by Vicky Moyle Gifted individuals are about as diverse a group as any you could hope to meet. And, while few can agree on a black-and-white definition for giftedness, one characteristic of the population that has some global acceptance is emotional sensitivity. It is...

Resilient Hispanic Women

by Rosina M. Gallagher Resilience can be defined as the innate ability to cope with adversity. The research literature identifies four common attributes of resilience: social competence, problem-solving, autonomy and a sense of purpose and future (Benard, 1991, 97).*...

Perfectionism and Risk Taking

by Shari Hill As the SENG Board plans for the year ahead, I am struck by some issues gifted adults share with gifted children. We want to do everything! Though each SENG Director has his or her own personal passion in the field of giftedness, together we share the...

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