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Understanding the Gifted and Talented Populations

Understanding the Gifted and Talented Populations

"We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully."  Romans 12:6-8 (NIV)

We know that the Holy Spirit lives in us and empowers us to receive different gifts of the Spirit. I am hesitant to say that we know of all of the gifts of the Spirit, because, to me, that would be putting a restraint on God to bless us with more gifts as He pleases.  However, we can be certain of various gifts from scripture such as Paul's writing in First Corinthians 12.

"Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,and to still another the interpretation of tongues.All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines." 1. Corinthians 12:7 -11 (NIV)  

We also know that we are God's masterpieces and craftsmanship.  No two humans have the exact same DNA, fingerprints, or even daydreams.  Thus, it would make sense that when God was forming us in our mother's womb, He, again, gave us human gifts that impacted our thinking  and personality toward life.  So, before we proceed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit, let's take a look at the predominant blueprint of life for people born with human gifts.  You may be surprised at what you encounter, because most of the time, the truly gifted and talented students really do fall through the cracks in the classrooms and school-house.  If you find yourself thinking, " I was never identified to be in the gifted and talented program at my school" still read ahead.  You may still find yourself being described in the following pages.  Teachers mistake high achievers and teacher pleaser for gifted and talented all the time. 

Dr. Kazimierz Dabrowski is one of the most distinguished researchers in the field of intelligence and giftedness worldwide.  His research found that certain people have specific overexcitabilities that impact their life.  The top five overexcitabilities (O. E.) are (in no particular order)  intellectual, emotional, imagination, sensual, and psychomotor.  Dr. Dabrowski claims that some people have all five, some have three of the five, but all have the intellectual O.E.

People with the intellectual human gift are highly curious, many are avid readers, some are very analytical, and have much higher achievement and aptitude test scores than most other people their age.  However, without submitting their minds to Christ, they can become highly doubtful that God exists and/or  struggle with their faith (since they cannot scientifically prove faith). Also, without God's love flowing from them, they can become highly frustrated with others who are unable to keep up with them intellectually in conversation, their patience tolerance is low with others, and they can even become highly arrogant and way too dependent on their intelligence.  Yet, when they realize that their intellect is a gift from God, they can begin using their minds to research, study, write, and teach others about Christ.  They are passionately fierce, yet gentle, debaters and educators to inspire others to seek, question, and come to faith in Christ.  They question various truths they hear before allowing their minds to just take the truth as the Truth, and they are generally well versed in the Bible.

People with the Imaginational O.E. have a fantastic human gift.  They have rich fantasy lives and are naturals at positive visualization.  They love to daydream ways to turn their dreams into reality, and they are generally productive at doing it.  They love to imagine, think about "what ifs" in a positively delightful way, and are great at encouraging others to believe in the power of their dreams.  However, again, without submitting their minds to Christ, a freight train is running right at them.  Their imaginations are so powerful that they may begin to fear their daydreams.  Their minds may start to entertain revenge fantasies, images of hopelessness, and play a recording of memories again and again of betrayal, abuse, guilt, and a variety of not so happy thoughts.  They fully understand what both Paul and Dr. Freud spoke about when stating that the "battlefield is in the mind."  Their minds can begin to push them into a pit of despair, depression, anxiety, and fear quick.  Thus, it is of crucial importance that they learn to "take every thought captive to Christ" and "focus on things that are noble, good, etc…(need to find that verse)," and learn to "cast all their anxieties on Christ."

People with the Psychomotor overexcitability have a tremendous amount of energy and are constantly fidgeting.  They don't need as much sleep as most people to function at full performance, and they like to be physically active.  They often get mislabeled as being ADHD, get drugged up, and then walk around feeling like zombies until the drug wears off.  Oftentimes, ADHD medication will significantly decrease their appetites while it is in their systems.  People with this overexcitability have a tremendous advantage once they learn to control their energy.  They are able to get so much more accomplished than other people in a typical day.  They excel in college socially and academically, because they have the energy to go out and play and study in the same night.  Again, during midterms and their finals, they don't need as much sleep.  Don't let your child or yourself stay on ADHD medication when you are gifted, learn to control the energy, and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish naturally.

People with the Emotional overexcitability have an innate altruistic nature.  They actually feel a pain in their chest when their heart breaks, and they are often labeled by trained medical professionals (who are not aware of the social and emotional needs of the gifted and talented) as being bipolar, having seasonal depression, and/or having HIGH anxiety.  People with this O.E. who come into my office in Cedar Park, Texas for counseling and/or life coaching are on all types of different medications.  It's very inspiring to say that all of them are off their medications now, because they understand themselves as a gifted person.  They understand how to control their emotional overexcitabilities without prescription drugs and/or medical uses of marijuana.  They learn how their imagination can be their worst enemy or best friend, since a person's thinking directly impacts his/her feelings which directly impact his/her behavior.  People with the emotional overexcitability have a unique advantage in the arts while expressing human emotions via dance, writing, music, acting, painting, poetry, and so forth.

People with the Sensual O.E. have very unique likes and dislikes that are manifested in the human senses.  They may get headaches from particular colors, not stand the touch of certain fabrics on their skin, have issues with eating certain food due to texture.  They also have a very impressive appreciation for aesthetics.  They see the beauty in the intricacies of literature, music lyrics, food displays, architecture, and nature.  When they are emotionally stressed, sensual people have a tendency to be emotional eaters and/or compulsive shoppers.  However, once they learn to control their sensual overexcitability, they are naturally happy people.  They always see the beauty in things big, small, man-made, and in nature.  Their homes and offices are always inviting, and they love to display works of art.  They are great at encouraging children to see the good in things, and they love to live with their glasses half-full.

About the Author

Dr. Suzy Carroll: An expert in the field of Educational Psychology with a specialization in the gifted, talented, and creative population from Texas A&M University,and certified Christ-based Counselor in Cedar Park, Texas.

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