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seeking guidance to many deep questions


August 27, 2011

louis odriscoll


posts 5


hello my name is louis and I am seeking guidance. I am a profoundly gifted adult that was not identified in childhood because of co existing learning disabilities of ADHD and dyslexia. I returned to college in adult hood and after much psychotherapy and iq testing have finally discovered reasons to my lifes issues my questions and social isolation and years of pain. I was hoping you could provide me info on what steps i should look into or what stepsto take in order to continue on my Odyssey of self development towards my true full potential. thank you in advance for any assistance you may be able to provide me. I am very scared and disillusioned with modern psychology and fear being labeled or dismissed or the development of mental disease.

August 28, 2011

Kristien Dirven


posts 26


Hi Louis,

Although I'm not the most suited person to help you out (also recently "discovered" I was (basic or moderately) gifted), just wanted to let you know you're not alone out there. I sense the pain and anxiety in your words and I sincerely hope you may find some peace of mind from now onwards!!

I don't know if you have already gone over the list of documents Sonia has posted on the site, but a lot of those have already helped me on my way!

You may not be normal, but you're certainly not abnormal… just gifted (in a normal world), that's all ;-)

Take care!!



August 31, 2011


British Columbia


posts 10


Hi Louis, hang in there.

As Kristien said there are lots of articles on this site, information that can help you answer some of your own questions.  As I've learned, the more I read about it, we are not alone and although we feel out of place on occasion the emotions and feelings we have are consistent with others like us.  If you are familiar with the internet at all just Google topics such as "Giftedness", or "Gifted Adults" and you'll come up with more reading than you can handle.

Take care of yourself,


September 1, 2011

louis odriscoll


posts 5


I have been rapidly educating myself on giftedness and its
various idiosyncrasies in order to better understand myself and the whole
concept, one of the things I keep coming upon is the urge to be creative to
make something unique. I started to ask myself why this is, and the answer I
got is when one creates something they identify it as being part of them. Thus
when they see something they created being appreciated and approved of he or
she subconsciously integrate those feelings into their sense of self worth
consequently having a positive effect on their self esteem. I think it is
important for gifted individuals to do this because of the masks we are forced
to wear in our everyday lives so we are not appreciating our true selves and of
course if you do that long enough it can manifest itself as any number of
psychological hardships such as anxiety and depression. In my further search
for self identity i was hoping those in this group/community would be willing
to share what creative activities they partake in and how they came upon it so
I can find something that works for me thanks.


October 2, 2011

Sonia Dabboussi



posts 394


Hi, Louis.


I'm so glad you've found your way here.  Knowing that there are others who are going thorugh things that are similar to your own experiences often helps in the identification, and in many cases, the healing, process. 

Each one of us here may find that the things that are of significant interest to us, or the ways in which we want to make a difference in the world, may be very different from one another.  Or we many find that there are many similarities.  The secret is to find what's most important to you and follow that path.

The key to doing what you love in life, and to using that to create something unique and beneficial, is to pay attention to what really motivates you, what stirs your soul, what you find that you can't stop talking or sometimes thinking about.  Sometimes these may be things that you are currently experiencing in your life, while other times they may be things that you have once done as a child or youth.  In either case they will give you an indication about what your 'life mission' may be.

I think each one of us has something in particular that we are meant to do, to leave behind us when we are no longer part of this world.  Following your heart, and listening to that still, small voice inside yourself, is one of the steps you can take to discover exactly what that may be for you.

Gifted for Life – Find the freedom, skill and motivation to live, love and lead with passion and make an evolutionary impact on the world!

October 10, 2011




posts 6


Louis – self discovery is a journey.  Sonia is so right on that the gifted have common characteristics and yet are extremely unique.  Yep, extremes are our forte.  With roller coaster emotions, many times we limit our experience of joy or the flow, because the pendulum swings both ways – my experience of limiting the highs is to minimize the lows.  Give yourself permission and do – experience the highs, explore things that catch your attention – even if it is for only 10 minutes – 10 days – or 10 years.  Ask questions (oh yes, I know that is a double edged sword).  Have fun!!  Be a novice for your abilities (which may seem like a master to others).  Don't worry about perfection – enjoy the exploration and proceed with excellence if it fits.  Here is to the delight of being in the flow and changing its direction whenever. 

February 12, 2012

louis odriscoll


posts 5


thank you very much for your previous word of kindness and guidance at the time they helped greatly, my lifes passion is and always will be psychology. I have been finishing college and have been accepted to Ottawa university's  honors psychology program with a schlarship next September and I intend to take it all the way. 


only question i have and hope someone can help shed some light on is high functioning aspergers and giftedness. I have been given both label by different people and am trying to sort out what fits for me 


any insight would be greatly appreciated 



April 6, 2012

Sonia Dabboussi



posts 394


Louis, I'm not that well versed in Asperger's Syndrome, but from what I know about it, the differences between it and giftedness basically come in two main areas. In Asperger's:

- there is a greater level of difficulty with social interactions that there is with giftedness
- there is a greater chance of showing obsessive or repetitive types of behaviours (someone has a huge amount of difficulty changing certain routines in their life, for example)

Gifted people tend to more often be introverted rather than extroverted, which just means that they 'recharge' while they are along as instead of recharging when they're with others. They can interact with other people without much difficulty, but they may find it not to their liking, or at least physically draining.

I know that isn't much to go on, but it may help point you in the right direction.

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