The Sensitivities of Gifted People
Compared with most
people are more receptive and responsive to more stimuli.
Everything comes in. They
are more intense and they have trouble screening out.
more sensitive and insightful, they have more to deal with and are
more easily overloaded.
have a larger drain on their system’s ability to deal with the
they experience more of the world, they have more to process, deal with, and
often do not cope the way others think they should.
feel that they should not make mistakes and should know better.
They hesitate to ask for help as a result of receiving many subtle
messages that they should be able to handle it.
They regret that other people probably wouldn’t understand anyway.
perceive themselves as more vulnerable.
their own minds, they are likely to make more mistakes because they are more
aware of more choices and thus, more potential for error.
must compromise their ideals more often.
For them, every possibility has vast options and nuances and shades
may be discouraged by being aware of the “more” that is denied and not
possible to actualize. Denying,
thus, leads to more frustration and grief for the loss of what they never
though much may be actualized, they are usually denying more than they are
there are more possibilities to excel and what is manifest may be excellent.
Worth of accomplishments may be based more on personal meaning than
Ways to Encourage:
the gifted person understand and accept his thought process and his
differences from most other people.
peer interaction and a sense of acceptance by being in the company of those
who share the same struggle. When
one is received, his ideas are great because they are also now within
another. To receive helps to
validate and convey courage.