Gifted Adults

lightbulbThe 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



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