What is meant by "giftedness"?
It is unfortunate that the term "gifted" is such a loaded word. There are those who see it as an elitist and narcissistic term, and there are those who have a deep sense of the "imposter syndrome" that they could never self-identify as gifted. After nearly 40 years working with gifted children and adults, I see giftedness as an "amplified way of being." That amplification can be seen intellectually in the areas of strength and passion as the individual is often emotionally excited by learning new information and digging even deeper into a topic. It is seen as an amplification of emotions so that it is obvious the individual takes in more emotionally than the average person, and also emotes in a more intense manner. These people's "zone of proximal development" (the expansiveness of their deep understanding of a topic), in the area of their giftedness, is far beyond their peers, and they have an amplified ability to learn new information at a quicker rate. The amplified way of being of a gifted person is often misunderstood by others and can lead to misdiagnosis by parents, teachers, and doctors. It is important for gifted people to find coaches and therapists who have a deep understanding of this amplification.
Why consider working with a coach?
There is always more one can learn, skills can be refined, and a coach is someone who can see you and direct you in ways you might not be able to experience on your own. The world’s greatest athletes, Olympians and professionals alike, see the value in working with a coach who can help them hone their skills and take them to the next level. Many professions, such as those in medicine, education, and counseling, require an internship supervised under the guidance of a mentor/coach. The same is true for a gifted adult. Whether you are a college student or someone whose college days are far behind you, the partnership you create with a coach enables you to learn more about your giftedness and its impact on your personal and professional life.
What topics might be discussed during a coaching session?
While each coaching experience is a unique exploration of a client’s personal journey, there are often common issues that impact the life of a gifted adult:
What is meant by spiritual sensitivity?
According to Judith Blackstone, in her book Belonging Here, spiritually sensitive adults and children have these traits in common:
What questions might I consider when determining if my child is spiritually sensitive?
Does your child:
What strategies mind I employ for myself and/or a child who is spiritually sensitive?