What a great definition of giftedness!

Well, someone finally figured out a great way to express giftedness.  What did they say, you ask?

Here’s a bit of background information first:

In the Netherlands in 2006/2007, a group of experts gathered to precisely define what they considered to be giftedness.  These expert psychologists, coaches and career coaches, occupational health physicians, and psychiatrists were gifted adults themselves and also worked specifically with gifted clients.

So in looking at giftedness both from the inside and the outside, what did they decide?

A gifted individual is a quick and clever thinker, who is able to deal with complex matters; an individual who is autonomous, curious and passionate; a sensitive and emotionally rich person, who is living intensely.  He or she is a person who enjoys being creative.

No complex numbers or formulas.  No confusing words.  Just a definition from those who have the educational background to describe the essence of giftedness as well as the personal insight to know what it really feels like all the way around.


If you’d like to read more about this study, check out the full article right here.

Join the forum discussion on this post
Be Sociable, Share!

  • Marfusha

    Yes, I think they sum it up nicely.

    • http://giftedforlife.com Sonia Dabboussi

      Is there anything you agree with for sure or think is not quite accurate? I’d like to know how you think it could be improved in any way. Maybe we can add a few more insights from around here!

  • http://www.mermaidsandmermen.com.au Kate

    Hi there,

    Great definition. I’m interested in referencing this quote for academic purposes. Did it occur in an article or in a book at all – so I can access the names of those responsible in order to cite and attribute it correctly? Thanks 🙂

  • http://www.mermaidsandmermen.com.au Kate

    Hi there,

    Great definition. I’m interested in referencing this for academic purposes. Did this occur in a journal article or a book at all? I’d like to be able to cite and attribute it correctly. Thanks!

    • http://giftedforlife.com Sonia Dabboussi

      Hi, Kate.

      I just checked the ‘for more information’ link that is included in my post and the source link had been redefined by the website so I’ve updated it here as well now. Now if you click on ‘read more’ you should be redirected to the original article that you can use as a reference. Enjoy!

  • philmck

    is it possible for someone who was never classed gifted to have these qualities and still not be classed gifted?

  • vandekerkhovelies

    In the High IQ World is giftedness not the same as being extra intelligent. There is also in this definition some correlation with people who are highly sensitive. It does not mean that if you are high sensitive, that it is that you are gifted.

    With creativity they don’t mean something to make like a puzzle ( example) but you get tested with one object and the question what you can do with it.

    example: somebody gives you a rope: what can you do with it. If you answer the same thing twice, the test is stopted what defines one sense of creativity. A other test also includes to make a story up just by one picture and the testmakers see how you put your story together: 

    example: you see the picture of a flower: some will make up a story that the sun is shining and so one, while others will seek it further and before they realize it they are in the universe. That is also one test that is made for the creativity.

    IQ test is needed and above 132 you have extra intelligent: not always does that mean that you are gifted. 

    I will continu later: it is late to seek deeper in the subject.

  • vivek purohit

    This looks like a succinct way of putting majority of traits together .It would be useful for the others around the gifted person to understand .