Every person on this planet has a gift inside because we are all unique manifestations of the Divine. But some of these gifts and capacities don't seem to fit in well with the everyday life experiences of the conventional world.
I know this territory well, growing up with unusual capacities and now parenting two gifted kids. These moments have truly been the most challenging and most rewarding parts of my life.
I don't like using the word gifted because in my experience we all possess amazing gifts. But many people process reality in a way that gets described as "gifted and talented" in the fields of education and psychology.
What I encounter are vast, original thinking brains that usually come with an extremely open and sensitive nervous system, an insatiable curiosity, an intensity of all emotions, a longing to learn deeply and quickly, a variety of processing speeds, a passion for unusual interests and a feeling of aloneness when we look around and see how differently many other people process reality.
If you or someone you love experiences life this way, please watch these videos that beautifully and specifically describe how to understand and support gifted people. Please also spend time at some of the websites listed on this page, which share resources for gifted people to learn and socialize together.
One person who understands reality the way you do makes all the difference in the world.
That moment reminds us of the Divine truth that we are never alone.
The first person who held my hand and walked me safely and gently into the land of giftedness was Annemarie Roeper. We were infinitely blessed as a family to meet her, spend time with her and learn from her. Her wisdom and deep love of the gifted journey became an integral part of our lives and continues to guide us. We love you Annemarie and miss you and thank you for making the world a much better place.
Annemarie's brilliant qualitative assessment work continues today. I have great love and respect for her successor, Anne Beneventi. I have watched Anne masterfully and creatively work with groups of gifted kids, helping them feel more relaxed, open and connected to themselves. I always felt enchanted watching her work.
Anne's organization is called Children Evolving.
Annemarie compiled a list of common characteristics of gifted people. I have shared this invaluable resource with many families. It is a treasure.
Signs Of Giftedness
Some signs of giftedness in children and adults compiled by Annemarie Roeper, Ed.D. and Betty Maxwell, Ph.D.
Contacts For Support On The Giftedness Journey
This is my most favorite book about giftedness.
I share it with all of my clients who are traveling this road and feeling confused and alien about their place in the world.
I can't recommend it highly enough.