Gifted people may experience greater emotional challenges such as social discomfort.
High Intelligence Specialist Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D. notes “The level of giftedness has a profound effect on how comfortable in different situations the young person will be…
“If the youth is part of a group, as in an advanced placement class, finding pals and receiving positive social feedback from classmates is more likely than if the young person is forced to sit through general education classes with students who are on a completely different intellectual, and interest, plane than he is.
“Intellectual level, per se, does not contribute to poor social skills. Too much time with people who are nothing like us can warp how we solve the intricate problems of learning how to get along with others.”
Academic competitions and other social situations can bring together gifted teens in ways that enhance not only their intellectual growth, but their exploration and development of meaningful relationships.
Photo: Hemet West Valley High School’s Academic Decathlon team members – from article: Twenty-Four High School Teams Set To Compete at 33rd Annual Riverside County Academic Decathlon, Riverside County Office of Education. January 28, 2016.
Emotional health for creative, gifted, highly sensitive people
Therapist Sharon M. Barnes works with creative, sensitive, intense, intelligent people.
Her site explains her program:
“We designed the CASIGY™ (Creative, Acutely Aware, Super-Sensitive, Intense and/or Gifted You-s) Social-Emotional ACES Home Video Program™ to help you become ACES, that is, skilled experts in the Social-Emotional arena.
“You’ll learn to ride the intense waves of emotion in your life, instead of being pulled under by them.”
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