Emotional Intensity of the Gifted Student (Character Traits can contribute…
Emotional Intensity of the Gifted Student
Gifted children are unique in both their intellectual development and the development of their personality
Gifted children are more emotionally intense than their non-gifted counterparts, resulting in a host of behaviors that simulate anxiety and depression among other things
Gifted children begin to deal with difficult world problems at an early age without the emotional maturity to process such concerns appropriately, leaving them with feelings of frustration and powerlessness.
Such interventions need to focus on coping strategies as instead of to changing traits that are inherently part of who they are
These children require interventions that stem from a thorough understanding of the emotional nature of giftedness.
Intensity or over-excitability is an inborn sensitivity or awareness of life
There are five major areas of intensity
Most problems associated with giftedness occur in these intensities, especially emotional
Demonstrating a deep need to learn and deep level of cognitive reasoning is what makes them gifted. On the other side everything that makes this child intellectually intense also has created emotional intensity.
Character Traits can contribute to the way the child deals with the world that goes hand in hand with emotional intensity
Need time quiet time to renew themselves
Seeks social contact to renew themselves
Character traits could serve as key to understanding child's behavior as well as strategies needed to assist in development of healthy and stable emotional reactions