Is there something really wrong with being gifted? The word, amazingly enough, has a lot of negative connotations for a lot of people, so if someone learns that it has been associated with them, far too often they quickly recoil and deny the entire idea…
To avoid this problem, a whole host of other words, titles, descriptions and the like have been invented to be able to express giftedness in some other way. Have you heard any of these?
- gifted and talented
- of high ability
- highly sensitive
- intellectually gifted
- extra intelligent
- a scanner
- highly intelligent
- a genius
- a geek
- of extreme intellect
The funny thing is, each one of these words has their own unique meaning, none of which completely captures the essence of giftedness. Most of them relate primarily to intelligence, but we know that’s just one part of what makes us who we are. Others relate to ability or behaviour, but only in one particular way. So what about everything else?
And, to make the mix more complicated, the more often people say things like, “Everyone is gifted in their own way,” even the word gifted doesn’t easily describe what we’re looking for either.
We have enough trouble just trying to figure out who we are to begin with, and when we can’t even all verbalize what connects our minuscule slice of the population it makes it all the more difficult.
So what are we to do? What word or words really capture who we are, what we feel, and how we experience the world?
I’d love to hear your opinion. What do you think?