Ah, the dreaded G-word. Yeah, I was in a gifted program as a kid, but as an adult, who talks about that? What a faux pas! It doesn’t matter once you’re an adult, right?
Well, that’s what I thought, until a few years ago when I stumbled across a page talking about what happened to all those kids who were in gifted programs as kids. Far from a bunch of geniuses and elites, I was surprised to find a lot of people who were dealing with precisely the type of challenges I was facing in my life. Discovering the implications of that thing we have dubbed “giftedness” this while going through my own positive disintegration was like being thrown a mental and emotional life preserver.
And so I decided to blog about it. It was something I felt awkward talking about, but the benefits to be gained from doing so outweighed that awkwardness. To be perfectly clear: it does not imply superiority; we’re not necessarily more successful; it doesn’t mean being “eminent.” It’s simply about having a brain that is wired differently, which has lifelong implications.
To get you started, here are a few foundational posts on the topic:
- On the G-Word, Weird Brains, and Stars: In my first post on this awkward topic, I try to make clear what I think is different about us and why we “weird brained” people benefit from connecting.
- On the Naming and Describing of Giftedness: I don’t care for the G-word because of its elite implications, so I tried to come up with a neutral, more descriptive term: abstract intensity. And then I mused about how useful it would be if English had honorific and humble language like Japanese.
- Dad, Supernova: A piece about my dad, who was never to my knowledge labeled gifted, and how such a label might have made a difference in his life.
I’ve got a lot of posts beyond that addressing various elements of this topic, which you can browse through here.
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