Articles on the Well-Being of the Gifted

A Synthesis of Research on Psychological Types of Gifted Adolescents

by Ugur Sak In this study, the author synthesizes results of studies about personality types of gifted adolescents. Fourteen studies were coded with 19 independent samples. The total number of identified participants in original studies was 5,723. The most common...

Identity Development in Gifted Children: Moral Sensitivity

Starting from an early age, many gifted children show evidence of moral sensitivity. These children tend to care about others, want to relieve pain and suffering or show advanced ability to think about such abstract ideas as justice and fairness. The beginnings of moral sensitivity are found in the development of empathy between child and care-taking parent. This is also the basis of identity formation and development of the self. This article also includes a discussion of how the phenomenon of asynchrony manifests in moral development of gifted children and the paradigms these children develop to give form to their moral concerns.

Developing a Feeling Vocabulary

Developing a Feeling Vocabulary By Sharon Lind One of the most important asset emotionally intense people, and those who live and work with them, need to develop is an extensive feeling vocabulary. Not being able to ACCURATELY articulate (in words or through actions,...

Social/Emotional Needs: The Rage of Gifted Students

by Tracy L. Cross The experiences of gifted students in school are quite varied and reflect a wide variety of factors. For 17 years, I have written about their experiences from two perspectives, that of a researcher and, using their own words, that of the students...

Tips of Helping Gifted, Highly Sensitive Teens & Kids Cope with Trauma

by Sharon M. Barnes, MSSW, LCSW Some children and teens are more sensitive than others.  You know if you have one. She gets mad at you and may even cry when you squish a spider with your shoe or swat a fly with a flyswatter.  He tries to keep up with his friends or...

Exceptionally Gifted Children: Different Minds

There are few descriptions in the literature of the cognitive processes of exceptionally gifted children. This study, based on testing profiles, anecdotes collected from parents, and observations made during family and group therapy sessions with moderately and exceptionally gifted children delineates some of the characteristic modes of thinking that differentiate exceptionally gifted children from their more moderately gifted peers.

Underachievement in Exceptionally Gifted Adolescents and Young Adults: A Psychiatrist’s View

A group of exceptionally gifted adolescents between the ages of 14 and 25 were each treated in individual psychotherapy over the course of a number of years. They were referred for symptoms of anxiety, depression, self-destructive behavior, and underachievement. Each phase of their gifted development was accompanied by particular anxieties and conflicts. In adolescence they developed a powerful personal vision, a sense of destiny, and a charismatic personality. Their inability to resolve conflicts about these particular gifted traits led to their most dramatic forms of underachievement and self-destructive behavior.

Gifted and Learning Disabled: A Neuropsychologist’s Perspective

by Nadia Webb and Antara Dietrich A neuropsychologist is not the first professional a family consults. I still spend time correcting people when they ask if I am a “Nurse/Psychologist.” Neuropsychologists work with neurologically-based behavior concerns such as...

Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children

by James T. Webb, Edward R. Amend, Nadia E. Webb, Jean Goerss, Paul Beljan, F. Richard Olenchak For more information about medical misdiagnosis of the gifted, please visit the SENG Misdiagnosis Initiative page. Many gifted and talented children (and adults) are being...

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