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Surprised to be Gifted: The Inner World of Unrecognized Giftedness
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January 22, 2011

Sonia Dabboussi



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Going through life not knowing that you're gifted, or not understanding what giftedness means, can be a very difficult and painful experience.  Take a look through the eyes of someone who was willing to share an inside perspective…

In her post “** You don't have permission to see this link. **” on her site Temporary Reality, “neighbor” writes…

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April 1, 2012

Sonia Dabboussi



posts 394


You are so very welcome. There are many people out there just like you, asking big questions, looking for deep answers, wondering exactly who they are and what all of this is about.
If you're interested in exploring your giftedness more, feel free to check out the other articles here on the site. You may find more that resonate with you. You can also post in the forum here, or, if you have a Facebook account, you can join our group over there as well. It's called "On the Edge: Gifted Adults Redefining Possible" and you can find it at ** You don't have permission to see this link. **
You're on an exciting journey! It'll have many ups and downs, but the discoveries you make are well worth it. :)

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

August 6, 2012

40 yr old teen



What a variety of manifestations – I keep enrolling in university level and masters courses – completing the work, then rarely sitting assessments. Doing as many as I can until I'm kicked out, then do it all again a year later. I've never really understood why I go to the effort – I love the learning, but could just go to the library for that. Its always seemed absurdly self-destructive and I've been at a loss on why I've been doing it for nearly 20 years. This just connected the dots for me. For smart people, we're not, really…..

August 30, 2012




That sounds familiar enough that it could have been cobbled from stuff I've written over the past…what, ten, twenty years? Eesh.

This is a really solid example of the life-success-grr thing that – well, I can safely say that *I* experienced, and keep experiencing – literally, to today.

There's a little bit to be said about folks like that (or us, or whatever) buying into the partial and misunderstood public-image of 'gifted', and thusly continuing to be confused and disappointed with ourselves. (Somebody else is more certain about what we can do, while we ourselves are not. They *must* have some answers, then, right? …no.)

Something I found, which I think has been useful, is that while in some aspects, 'we' may have MORE of some kind of capacity, facility, or some such than many, that doesn't mean we have ALL of whatever that is. 'Smart' doesn't mean 'knows everything and can figure everything out right now'.

Even regarding the tangly, and nasty subject of IQ scores…as intended, all it states is that somebody who is 20 years old, who has an IQ of 150, has the mental development of a 30-year-old. Smart? Sure. Ahead of the game a little? Perhaps. But suddenly possessing built-in, completely-formed superpowers? Not as much.

I think we need to take it a little easier on ourselves, in general.

(This being said, I could totally benefit from taking my own advice. Intellectually knowing vs. internally/emotionally assimilating…)

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