J. Coulson, MAHPP
The unique potential of gifted individuals
The joy of being a gifted individual is that it affords a real opportunity to live an unusually rich and rewarding life.
The reasons why have been ably described by Joseph S. Renzulli, Director of The National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented. He has identified three qualities which, working together, are the sign of an effective gifted person.
The three qualities are Creativity, Above average ability, and a high level of Task commitment.
One of the most obvious ways in which gifted individuals can benefit from their inherent qualities is in creative fields. Whether as actual creators or as appreciators and supporters of others' works, gifted individuals have much to offer and to enjoy.
Renzulli associates these indicators with creativity:
As this list makes clear, being gifted and creative is potentially a great deal of fun.
Well Above Average Ability
Many gifted people are very hard on themselves when they assess their abilities. That, however, is because they set such high standards and have maybe obscured their true ability from themselves.
Renzulli defines ability in these terms:
These descriptions and examples demonstrate the tremendous range of a
gifted person's potentiality. Such folk are truly multi-capable and if
they do not shine in one arena they will certainly shine in another.
Gifted people are typically blessed with enormous energy or drive. Their motivation can easily be inhibited by the difficulties of being gifted, but when they feel free they can absorb and accomplish a great deal.
Renzulli defines task commitment, that happy state of being deeply involved
in a favored pursuit, as follows:
All my gifted clients will recognize themselves at least in part in the above descriptions.
There are two qualities that I would add. Both of them enhance the value of gifted individuals in society and contribute to the great potential for a truly fulfilling life that all gifted people possess:
Gifted people can often see further and more completely than any others. This means they are frequently at odds with their peers. At these times they need to be able to maintain the courage of their convictions. Usually, their commitment to the truth enables them to do this, albeit at a price.
Sense of social value
Gifted individuals often have highly developed social senses that can lead them into acts of substantial selflessness for the benefit of the community. Their insights and intuition, when well-developed and trained by experience, enable the gifted to accomplish much of value.
The gifted person who is true to themselves has enormous potential for benefiting the world at large.
Much more could be written on the potential inherent in gifted individuals both for society and for themselves. One of the goals of Dynamic Life Coaching is to discover and release that potential.
As gifted individuals we are particularly fortunate. After all, a great
many people would join with Jane Wagner in saying, rather ruefully: "All
my life, I always wanted to be somebody. Now I see that I should have
been more specific."
For gifted individuals in particular, the possibility and benefits of
"being more specific" could not be greater.
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