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Stresses Gifted Adults Face
One of the hardest things in life is having words in
your heart that you can't utter.
James Earl Jones
After working with gifted, creative, multi-talented people for more than ten years, I know that to create a meaningful and successful life gifted adults must do three things:
- Understand themselves, their special abilities and unique needs;
- Learn how to meet their needs and manage their relationships;
- Learn to use themselves and their talents for their own advantage.
When gifted adults have not mastered those three things, their life is exceedingly stressful.
To be valued within a peer culture which values conformity, gifted young people may mask their giftedness and develop alternative identities which are perceived as more socially acceptable.
Encouraging, supporting and guiding gifted, talented and creative adults to achieve their goals and realize their dreams by identifying and working through blocks and conflicts and developing skills for dealing with and solving their problems and challenges is what gifted adults need to thrive and develop their potential.
The greatest success is successful
self-acceptance. Ben Sweet
While peers, teachers, mentors, and significant others may admire the many contributions gifted people make, they may also have inappropriate and overly inflated expectations for gifted adults and can fail to provide key instruction, support, and encouragement.
Constant striving to live up to self-expectations--or those of others-- to be first, best, or both can be very stressful.
Leslie S. Kaplan
When this occurs, this is exceedingly stressful for gifted adults who may expect themselves to live up to these standards and believe that they are failures or not gifted if they do not.
I've never sought success in order to get fame and money; it's the talent and the passion that count in success.
Coaching and psychotherapy with an informed gifted adult therapist or coach can help gifted adults break free from this extreme pressure and pattern of inappropriate expectations and standards.
The capacity to develop strong and lasting friendships cannot develop in the gifted individual until she herself has experienced the glad peace of being understood and accepted by "kindred spirits"--people of similar abilities, values & interests.
Are you wondering if you, or someone you know or love, has been misdiagnosed–or properly diagnosed?
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Lynne Azpeitia, MFT
3025 Olympic Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404
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