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"The height of cleverness is to be able to
- Francois de la Rochefoucauld
"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the
intelligent are full of doubt."
- Bertrand Russell
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Over 60% of gifted people are introverted compared with 30% of the general
population. Over 75% of highly gifted people are introverted. (The
introverts seems to increase with IQ (Silverman).)
correlates with introspection, reflection, the ability to
aggression, deep sensitivity, moral development, high academic
scholarly contributions, leadership in academic and aesthetic
adult life, and smoother passage through mid-life; however, it is
to be misunderstood and "corrected" in children.
(Researchers using PET scans examined 18 healthy individuals. They found that
introverts showed more activity in the frontal lobes of their brain and the
anterior or front thalamus. These are areas of the brain which take on
internal processing, such as remembering, problem solving and planning.
Extroverts on the other hand exhibit more activity in the anterior cingulate
gyrus, temporal lobes and posterior thalamus. These are areas that are
thought to be more involved in sensory processing such as listening,
watching or driving. [American Journal of Psychiatry.])
Other sources generally cite IQ scores and their labels
85-99 Lower normal
100-114 Upper normal
145-159 Highly gifted
160-above Profoundly gifted
Common Problems of the Gifted
1) Since so much comes easily to them, they may never acquire the
self-discipline necessary to use their gifts to the fullest. A gifted
child who drifts in school unrecognized will work chronically below her capacity
and receive daily practice in habits of idleness and daydreaming.
2) Gifted people are typically capable of so many different kinds of success
that they have trouble confining themselves to a reasonable number of
pursuits. Some of them are lost to usefulness through spreading their
available time and energy over such a wide array of projects that nothing can be
finished or done well.
3) Gifted people have trouble learning to suffer fools gladly, or at
all. Failure to learn how to tolerate in a reasonable fashion the
foolishness of others leads to bitterness, disillusionment and misanthropy.
4) Gifted people tend to become isolated from the rest of humanity.
Gifted children strive to play with other children but their efforts are
defeated by the fact that other children do not share their interests, their
vocabulary or their desire to organize activities. As a result, forms of
solitary play develop, and these may explain the fact that many highly
intelligent adults are shy, ungregarious and even misanthropic and uncomfortable
in ordinary social interaction.
5) Gifted people, detecting the illogical conduct of those in charge of their
affairs, may turn rebellious against all authority and develop negativism to a
conspicuous degree. Negative individuals abound in every high IQ
society. (*Note - I'm not sure this is all bad, but then, I'm a cynic.)
[When you are want to criticize your leaders (politicians, bosses, cultural
icons), keep in mind that there is a direct ratio between the intelligence of
the leader and that of the led. A leadership pattern will not form, or it
will break up, when a discrepancy of more than approximately 30 points of IQ
comes to exist between the leader and the led.]
A Study of 241 Profoundly Gifted Children Found:
by the Associate Professor of Gifted Studies at the University of St.
- There was no difference in the mean IQ for boys and girls.
- Mothers tended to be older than the norm -- with a mean age at the child's
birth of 30.8.
- 90% were described by their parents as "sensitive."
- 91% of the children showed early language development but only 60% showed
early motor skills.
- 94% were very alert as infants.
- 94% had a long attention span as infants or toddlers.
- The mean age at which the children could sight read was before age 4.
- 99.4% learned rapidly.
- 99.4% had an extensive vocabulary.
- 99.3% had an excellent memory.
- 93.5% had compassion for others.
- 88.3% were perfectionistic.
- 83% liked to concentrate on one activity at a time.
Characteristics of a Gifted Child
- Verbal fluency
- An acute sensitivity and empathy for others
Heightened perceptual skills
- A dislike of routine
- An imaginative, fantasy-creating mind
- A broad and changing
spectrum of interests
- A preference for complex ideas and/or tasks that
- An unusual ability to see relationships
- A curious,
investigative mind, full of questions
- A strong interest in problem-solving
and a desire to develop structures
- An openness to new ideas and
- A tendency toward individualism
- A strong need to be
- Highly intelligent children are superior to average children in their
resistance to temptation. (Hartshorne and May.)
- The child who tests above 130 IQ is typically large and strong for
his or her age, healthier than average and contributes far less than his quota
to juvenile misbehavior. (Healy and Bonner.) Perhaps the stereotype
about gifted children being smaller than their peers came from the fact that
they tend to skip grades. By middle childhood, from 7-12 years of age,
gifted children tended to be 2.5 centimeters taller than their peers, on
average. (Calgary Herald, 1992).
- Bright children are more likely to be nearsighted.
- Children up to about 140 IQ tolerate the ordinary school routine quite
well, achieving excellent marks without serious effort. But above this
status, children become increasingly bored. Children at or above 180 IQ
are likely to regard school with indifference or positive distaste, for they
find nothing interesting to do there. (Hollingsworth.)
- Gifted girls are far less interested in traditional girls' play than
unselected girls are.
- Children who test very high tend strongly to work out forms of solitary,
intellectual play. (Hollingsworth.)
- Gifted children tend to fail to be interested in "custard-pie"
entertainment, cutsie, childish movies or amusement parks, for example.
- Intelligent children are, on the whole, more easily disciplined than
children generally are, with a few exceptions. Because he learns everything
quickly, the highly intelligent child is especially quick to discover what
forms of conduct on his part bring him satisfactions.
- Those who test above 180 IQ are characterized by a strong desire for
- The really difficult problems of adjustment to life and to people come to
those who test above 170 IQ.
- The more intelligent a person is, the less often can he or she find a
truly congenial companion.
- Studies of child prodigies have shown that a large proportion of them were
first-born or only children or in some other "special" position in the family,
perhaps a late last child.
- Highly intelligent people are often very frustrated by the irrationality
around them. Said Jeff Ward of Mega: "a fair number of [high IQ
people] are reclusive or even misanthropic, with a common thread of
- What is normal for the gifted is most often labeled as neurosis in the
general population. (Azpeitia and Rocamora.)
A Declaration of the Educational Rights of the Gifted
(*from the December, 1995 Mensa
- It is the right of a gifted child to engage in appropriate educational
experiences even when other children of that grade level or age are unable to
profit from the experience.
- It is the right of a gifted child to be grouped and interact with other
gifted children for some part of their learning experience so that they may be
understood, engaged and challenged.
- It is the right of a gifted child to be taught rather than used as a tutor
or a teaching assistant for the major part of the school day.
- It is the right of a gifted child to be presented with new, advanced and
challenging ideas and concepts regardless of the materials and resources that
have been designated for the age group or grade level in which the child was
- It it the right of the gifted child to learn faster than age peers and to
have that pace of learning respected and provided for.
- It is the right of a gifted child to think in alternative ways, produce
diverse products, and bring intuition and innovation to the learning
- It is the right of the gifted child to question generalizations, offer
alternative solutions and value complex and profound levels of thought.
- It is the right of a gifted child to pursue interests that are beyond the
ability of his or her age peers, are outside of the grade level curriculum, or
involve areas as yet unexplored or unknown.
A Word or Two about TELEVISION:
"A survey once found that gifted children (truly gifted* as opposed to public
school definitions) watch an average of less than 5 hours of television a week
during their preschool years. Compare that with a national average of
twenty-five hours a week (beginning around the second birthday), and you can
begin to appreciate what a drain on the brain the idiot-box truly is." - John
For more about tv, go to my daughter Sydney's Education page: http://members.aol.com/the1kosh/SydEd.html
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"When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him
by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him." - Jonathan
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