There’s a lot of talk about gifted adults these days in terms of the fact that they come from many different countries, and speak many different languages, and follow many different culture practices. But you don’t have to be gifted to figure that out. So what are the conversations about then?
The fact that the traits that are considered important for being gifted in one country or culture may be very different from those for another one. And that makes identifying giftedness much more challenging.
For the most part, the biggest studies on giftedness have been done in North America with white, English speaking children so it’s easiest for these people to be tested for giftedness or figure out that they’re gifted because there are more resources available there that take their culture and language into account.
But what about everywhere and everyone else?
There are gifted people across the planet, but many, many of them probably don’t even know that they fall into this unique category. And I’m going to guess that a lot of them don’t even know that something like giftedness exists. They just spend their whole lives feeling like something’s wrong with them because they can never quite find their way among their non-gifted communities.
Being able to identify giftedness across cultures and languages is something that definitely needs to be worked on as far as educational policy and program development goes.
But what can we do to help the situation?
As gifted adults, we notice things that most of the rest of the population doesn’t notice. Our senses are on high alert and our inner guidance system, intuition if you will, is set in the auto-on position. That means that, if we allow ourselves and trust our instincts, we can take a good guess about who else around us may be gifted. We can get a sense that someone is gifted because of what they say or do, but also by how we feel about them. We tend to be drawn to people like ourselves.
So what do we do when we find them?
Talk to them about giftedness. Direct them to the resources you have found about giftedness and show them some of the checklists or quizzes they can do to help them figure out for themselves if they really are gifted. The quizzes that are most effective are not necessarily the ones that deal only with intellectual elements, but those that relate more to what goes on inside the mind and body of the gifted adult.
And then (here’s the tough part for you…) make yourself known as a gifted person in your country or culture. You don’t have to use your real name if you’re not ready for that yet, but reply to some posts here so that other people who so desperately want to know they’re OK can be comforted and motivated by your example. Let us know where you are and what you’ve learned about your own giftedness.
And if your English language skills aren’t perfect, so what? That’s not the point anyway.
It’s all about bringing gifted people together wherever they are and in whatever situation they may be.
My challenge for you now is to be brave enough just to respond to this post with the name you’d like to be called and the country and/or culture from which you come. Let’s see how many of us there really are out there.
You have begun to find your way. It’s time to help others along their path now, too, and be the voice for your country, your culture, your language.
So who and where are you?
** Update: This step is actually so important that there’s a whole page devoted to it here now! Click here or choose the “Find Gifted Adults!” link at the top of the page.