We all know that a mild or moderately gifted person can feel a strong sense of being an “alien” in a group of non-gifted people; so too can a highly, exceptionally or profoundly gifted person feel a strong sense of being an “alien” in a group of mild or moderately gifted people (the same is true between profoundly and highly gifted too, and so on).
However, research have indicated that for the gifted adult whose life circumstances do not readily provide an arena for the positive use of these abilities, the result may be a feeling of frustration, lack of fulfillment, a nagging sense of being tied down, and imprisoned.
Understanding gifted adults has important implications for their well-being at work and everywhere else. My desire was to answer the questions with exceptionally and profoundly gifted adults in mind. Attention for exceptionally and profoundly gifted children has been increasing internationally, which is very much needed.
Gifted adults typically possess a number of characteristics that set them apart from others in our society. Giftedness is often identified early in a child’s life. It is defined by having an IQ in the top 2-3% of the population, as measured by a psychologist.