A repeated line in “The Big Bang Theory” TV show, when someone accuses Caltech physicist Sheldon Cooper of being crazy:
Sheldon: I’m not crazy. My mother had me tested!
Mariana Ashley writes about some of the emotional and mental health challenges of gifted and talented, high potential people in the ‘real’ world:
Bill Bradley, retired NBA player, US Senator, and US presidential candidate, said “Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.”
Any high-ability student knows the truth of this quote, as they have likely received accolades, awards, and praise for their efforts and ambitions.
But these students also know the darker side of ambition, the side known only by the few who walk that path and have seen its thorns and shadows.
The truth is that ambition, and the skill that it takes to pursue that ambition, often leaves people lonely, excluded, and alienated from everyday events.
> Continued: The Emotional Cost of High Ability in Young Adults, By Mariana Ashley