Are many gifted adults being excluded?

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.

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  • Cp_681

    It was not until counseling for PTSD at age 46 that I found out I was gifted. Sure, I’d done well in nearly everything I’d attempted prior to reaching that age and lived at an intense level, but had no idea I was gifted. My therapist dropped the bomb on me and now I’m trying to learn what I can, meet people similar to me, and not feel too bad about underachieving through life to this point.

  • Unknown soul

    I am not sure. My mama says i knew all alphabets with their words , 1 to 20 counting and hindi alphabets at the age of 1 and a half or 2 . I was a scorer but then my health started getting worse i scored 99.99% to 100% till 5th std. Then i got this disease Thyroid. I have been an underachiever since then. I got ulcer in my right eye in 10th std and suffered alot but somehow i managed to score 90% in 10th. Then came high school. I realised that my learning process became very slow. It was because i was a Visual Spatial Learner. I used to make pictures in my mind and due to that i was lagging behind in every subject Physics , Chemistry , Maths. After 2 years i had to appear in an exam which would decide the undergraduation college for me. I underachieved in dat exam. I did graduation in engineering from a normal college. Though i completed my degree with honours. During undergraduation i observed that i had an idea of every concept in my miind whether it was a new concept . I could understand anything …Now i am bored of writing it down further and also confused coz alot more is going on inside my head right now so Full Stop.

  • D

    I’m 47, female and in Sydney Australia. I’ve just started thinking I might be gifted after discussions online with mothers of gifted and twice-exceptional kids. My younger sister definitely is, but she’s bright, keen, a leader, and was probably obvious. But I’m very introverted, shy/socially anxious, have always been afraid to stand out. At school I was able to adopt a “don’t pick me” posture even though I knew the answer the teacher was asking. I have a lot of trouble obeying authority if I disagree with them, such as when i think my work supervisor’s instructions are stupid I’m *incapable* of following them even if I know it would be prudent. I get bored in a job quickly, sometimes as soon as I’ve mastered the skills in it.