The National Association of Gifted Children came out with a list linking characteristic strengths of gifted children with possible problems that might develop.
Because of the difference between their conceptual abilities and their actual development, highly intelligent teens are able to envision outcomes that they are, as yet, unable to perform. Therefore, they frequently end up feeling frustrated and discouraged when learning new things.
By projecting “perfectionism” onto everything they do, these unrealistic self-expectations can result in feelings of inadequacy. Able to anticipate the challenges in new experiences, they can become hesitant to try new things for fear of failing.
Gifted teens can also be hypersensitive to noise, light and the emotions of others, sometimes causing overreaction and difficulty in social settings. These teens often find it easier to be in the company of people older than them.
- Common interest groups can be helpful for meeting other teens with similar experiences.
- Parents can help their children to understand and digest their life experiences.
- Professionals can help normalize your teen and family’s experience.
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