The parents of many gifted children are themselves gifted but only become aware of the concept and the issues that go with it when their children are identified. Also, if we accept that giftedness is a state of being out of which one does not grow, then gifted children grow up into gifted adults. So, we have put together some resources which may be of interest to those who suspect they may be gifted.
We have also set up a Facebook Group which you can request to join.
“Coming to Terms: Gifted Adults” is the result of a very lively chat on Twitter, held under the hashtag #gtie.
Excellent Australian website with section for adults: Gifted & Creative Services Australia
Gifted Development Centre, section on adults.
Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration An overview
Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration An entire website devoted to it!
Overexcitabilities and Sensitivities: Implications of Dabrowski’s Theory
of Positive Disintegration for Counseling the Gifted
Dabrowski’s Theory and Existential Depression in Gifted Children and Adults by James T Webb Ph D
Surprised To Be Gifted: The Inner World Of Unrecognised Giftedness
Inner Conflict as a Path to Higher Development (refers to middle age, but equally applicable to younger adults):
Counseling Gifted Adults—A Case Study
Dealing with that little voice that tells us we aren’t good enough
Solutions For the Problems of Giftedness
The Impact of Giftedness on Psychological Well-Being
A common theme is Imposter Syndrome
Who Do You Think You Are? 8 Tips to Beat the Impostor Syndrome
Gifted People and Their Problems A comprehensive digest of materials
Gifted Women: Identity and Expression by Douglas Eby
Misdiagnosis of the Gifted by Lynne Azpeitia and Mary Rocamora
Why Some Gifted Individuals Don’t Love A Party by Cherise Albright
Can you Hear the Flowers Sing? Issues for Gifted Adults by Deirdre Lovecky
Experience and Processing: The Funnel and Cylinder Analogy of Giftedness by Shulamit Widawsky
The Universal Experience of Being Out-of-Sync: An Expanded View by Linda Silverman
Blogs for gifted adults:
Added April 2013:
Depression in Gifted People is No ordinary Depression
Face Your Imposter by Lisa Rivero
Giftedness in the Workplace: Can the Bright Mind Thrive in Organisations? by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen
Thanks for these links, been searching for stuff on gifted adults now that my gifted kids have grown up!!!
Will do, have just read a couple of good gifted adult books recently too, will fish them out and post the titles if you like.