How do you know for sure that you’re a gifted adult? Well, the simple answer is…maybe you don’t. But in the end, does it really matter?
Giftedness in the educational system is determined predominantly through the use of IQ tests. And for the most part, as an adult you’re probably not rushing off to get an official one done just to see what your IQ might happen to be today. So then what can you do to decide if you can call yourself gifted?
Being a gifted adult means having a set of characteristics that are basically unique to you and others like you. Many people may have some of the characteristics on the gifted list, but they likely don’t have many of them unless they’re really gifted.
(If you’d like to give yourself a quick giftedness test based not upon IQ but upon features, you can find one here.)
But the funny thing is, if you call yourself gifted or if you don’t, the way you actually experience the world will not change. The way you feel when you interact with others will not change. The burning desire you have to make a difference in the world somehow will not change. Your sensitivities, emotions, perceptions and insights will not change.
The only difference between recognizing that you’re gifted and pushing the term aside is your willingness to use the skills, talents and abilities that make you a gifted adult. If you don’t call yourself gifted, then on some level you’re denying yourself the full opportunity of exploring everything that means. And if you do adopt the term, you’ll find step by step, moment by moment, that your life will begin to open up for you, if you allow it to.
One of the biggest secrets to being successfully gifted is to find other people like yourself and spend time with them. Whether they be in your family, in your neighbourhood, or online, connecting with others who think, learn and experience in ways similar to your own will allow you to begin expressing yourself in the fullest way, without feeling like you have to censor or edit your thoughts and words every time.
So in the end, how can you tell absolutely that you’re a gifted adult? Find others like you who have already become comfortable with the term and spend some time with them. The feeling of freedom that envelops you when you share their company will let you know you’ve found your way home.