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gifted adults

What happens to Gifted Children when they grow up?”

This was a question posed by a participant in a “Parenting Gifted Children” course that I once attended. And I, as always being the class clown, even in adult education. (A sure sign of giftedness!) Jokingly replied “they’re the winos you see on the street with twine holding up their coats!” and to my surprise, the lecturer said “you’re not wrong you know”, and really I did know. Giftedness when not given the opportunity to reach its potential can be disasterous!

If you have come by this site because you have recently discovered your child is gifted or you suspect that your child may be gifted then it is most likely that you are gifted too. They don’t get it off the wind you know! We as parents are always more than willing to blame ourselves if one of our children has inherited something negative from us, for example one of mine inherited extremely crooked teeth from both of us, (cost a fortune to fix) but she also inherited her giftedness from both of us, something most of us are reluctant to recognise.

So if you suspect that your child has inherited their giftedness from you it’s time to start exploring your own giftedness. There’s a few starting places. Check out the list of associated links on the left.

Enjoy the ride!




Characteristics of the Gifted Adult

According to the Australian website Gifted & Creative Services Australia, gifted adults often share many of the following set of characteristics:

  • Perfectionistic and sets high standards for self and others
  • Has strong moral convictions
  • Is highly sensitive, perceptive or insightful
  • Fascinated by words or an avid reader
  • Feels out-of-sync with others
  • Is very curious
  • Has an unusual sense of humour
  • A good problem solver
  • Has a vivid and rich imagination
  • Questions rules or authority
  • Has unusual ideas or connects seemingly unrelated ideas
  • Thrives on challenge
  • Learns new things rapidly
  • Has a good long-term memory
  • Feels overwhelmed by many interests and abilities
  • Is very compassionate
  • Feels outrage at moral breaches that the rest of the world seems to take for granted
  • Has passionate, intense feelings
  • Has a great deal of energy
  • Can't switch off thinking
  • Feels driven by creativity
  • Loves ideas and ardent discussion
  • Needs periods of contemplation
  • Searches for ???? in their life
  • Feels a sense of alienation and loneliness
  • Is very perceptive
  • Feels out of step with others

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