View from The Getty in July                             Photo: Lynne Azpeitia

Friendship… has no survival value; rather it is one of those things which give value to survival.
— C.S. Lewis
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Emotional Drive..Strive ALWAYS In All Ways At All Times ALWAYS For INTENSITY Cold or Hot, Hard or Soft, Gut-Wrenching or Deeply Stilling, UTTER INTENSITY.    Octavia Black, Writer from the Huntington Library Exhibit      Photo: Lynne Azpeitia

Emotional Drive..Strive ALWAYS In All Ways At All Times ALWAYS For INTENSITY Cold or Hot, Hard or Soft, Gut-Wrenching or Deeply Stilling, UTTER INTENSITY.   Octavia Black, Writer from the Huntington Library Exhibit      Photo: Lynne Azpeitia

Lynne Azpeitia’s expertise in her field is a product of her passion for helping gifted adults navigate their world. She recognizes the incredible value gifted adults have the potential to contribute, and artfully coaches them towards limitless success in demonstrating that value.

— A.R.

Gifted Adult Friends

 Every Gifted Adult Wants & Needs More Gifted Adult Friends

 Where Can I Find Gifted Adult Friends?

As a professional who's worked exclusively with gifted, talented and creative people for more than a decade, Gifted, Talented & Creative People are always asking me, "Where can I find more people like me for friends?"


Every Gifted Adult wants and needs a gifted friend, or more gifted, talented, and creative friends because:

Gifted adults relate best to others who share their interests.

Gifted adults may have a small circle of friends or sometimes only one, but the relationships are meaningful.

Gifted adults crave interchanging ideas with other gifted adults and many love to engage in intense intellectual discussions.

Gifted adults may have a small circle of friends or sometimes only one, but the relationships are meaningful.  

                  Characteristics of the Gifted

The curse of the extraordinary, Schopenhauer suggests, is a certain loneliness with which the person of genius walks through life, always slightly apart from the ordinary world in being slightly above it.                                                                                    Maria Popova          
More to Come!


Lynne Azpeitia, MFT
3025 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404 

Coaching, Psychotherapy & Consultation


Encouraging, supporting and guiding gifted adults to achieve their goals and realize their dreams.

For more than a decade I've been working with gifted and creative adults, teens and children as a psychotherapist, counselor,  coachspeaker, trainer, educator, consultant, and mentor specializing in the challengespsychology and development of gifted, talented and creative adults.

Coaching, Counseling, Psychotherapy & Consultation Specially Designed  for Gifted People

Gifted adults need specialized help, guidance, and support in order to identify and leverage their talents and to become more self-generative and productive in the areas that are most important to them—and to utilize their talents and to develop their potential. 

 Contact Lynne About Her Services for Gifted Adults

Have a question? Need more information? Call Lynne at 310-828-7121 or Email Lynne  

Books I recommend for Gifted Adults

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Lynne Azpeitia
The Gifted Adult Coach


When gifted children are asked what they most desire, the answer is often ‘a friend’. The children’s experience of school is completely colored by the presence or absence of relationships with peers.
— Linda Silverman
To schedule a session, begin coaching or arrange a free phone consultation  Email  Lynne or call her at 310-828-7121

C.S. Lewis on True Friendship                        Maria Popova                                                       ...In a circle of true Friends each man is simply what he is: stands for nothing but himself. No one cares twopence about anyone else’s family, profession, class, income, race, or previous history. Of course you will get to know about most of these in the end. But casually. More....

Gifted overthinkers: What makes them tick?   Gail Post                                                           Gifted people sure do think a lot.
Logic, reason, introspection. Thinking is one of their greatest strengths and a source of delight as they ponder the complexities of...well... just about anything. They love to problem-solve, find a creative solution, deconstruct an idea, let their imaginations soar, and debate and disagree.
But this remarkable asset and companion can be a torment when it goes awry.
What causes overthinking? (And what can you do about it?) More...

Grandparents and Gifted Children: An Interview with James T. Webb                                             Mike Shaughnessy                                         ...Gifted children, with their intensity, may need the safe haven of grandparents more than other children. High achievement, for example, is not necessarily valued by age peers of gifted teens, and there is much pressure to camouflage and hide one’s abilities. Grandparents can play a major role in helping gifted children appreciate the long view–how peers change, how important education is, and that one can largely determine one’s role in the world. More...

Gifted children: Emotionally immature or emotionally intense?                                          Lesley Sword                                                                  It is vitally important to their intellectual achievement and to their emotional development that gifted children understand that their intense feelings are normal for them and that they feel accepted, understood and supported. After all, it is emotional intensity that provides the driving energy, commitment and persistence that supports intellectual conceptualization and leads to great achievement in the world. Gifted emotionally intense children need the help of significant adults in their lives to accept their rich inner world of experience and value it as a strength. This means that these adults have to accept and value their own emotional experience and feelings so that they can be positive role models for gifted children. However, speaking about and valuing emotions can be very difficult to do in a society that values logical thinking and sees emotions as the opposite of rationality. More....

Highly Gifted Children At Home                  
Karen Morse                                                          ...Early accelerated placement, access to mentors and counselors, flexible pacing and valuable enrichment experiences are only possible solutions that are few and far between in finding a good fit for these deserving bright lights. The intellect of highly gifted children develops anywhere from one and a half to two times the rate of their chronological peers (Hollingworth, 1942). With this knowledge, how can we expect them to not suffocate in a chronologically matched group?    The highly gifted child is more likely to choose solitary play over chronological peer interaction because of the nature of their peers' play. They may be labeled as immature, unsociable or a loner, but it is rather their social maturity that causes them to remove themselves from an activity that offers no intellectual fuel. More...

"Play Partner" or "Sure Shelter": What gifted children look for in friendship                         Miraca Gross                                                         The need for friendship and, even more, for emotional intimacy, is a driving force in both children and adults. This report of recent Australian research explores the nature of friendship as it is conceived by elementary and middle school students and how perceptions and expectations of friendship differ among children at different age levels, at different levels of intellectual ability, and between boys and girls.                                            A wealth of research studies over the last 70 years have shown us that when intellectually gifted children look for friends, they tend to gravitate towards other gifted children of approximately their own age, or older children who may not be as bright as they are, but who are still of above average ability (Hollingworth, 1926; O’Shea, 1960; Gross, 1993). This fits comfortably with what we know about friendship choices in children generally; children tend to choose friends on the basis of similarities in mental age, rather than chronological age. More...

Reclaiming Friendship:
A Visual Taxonomy of Platonic of Platonic Relationships to Counter the Commodification of the Word “Friend”
Maria Popova                                                                                                                                      

I found myself concerned with the commodification of the word “friend” in our culture. We call “friends” peers we barely know beyond the shallow roots of the professional connection, we mistake mere mutual admiration for friendship, we name-drop as “friends” acquaintances associating with whom we feel reflects favorably on us in the eyes of others, thus rendering true friendship vacant of ...More...