Unpacking Giftedness

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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