To understand and accept ourselves with our individual talents in all its aspects is a profound human need. Systematic approaches and scientific methods alone don’t really give us enough insight into our abilities.
As a result, exceptionally gifted individuals are classically identified with the use of IQ tests, although I am convinced that:
There are many undiscovered, highly gifted adults and children among us who sometimes feel quite alone.
These are people who don't necessarily see themselves as being gifted in terms of their IQ, but who often have the feeling that they are different in some way. They realise that they are quicker to grasp the bigger picture than others, that they are more strongly affected by the emotional climate around them or that they are especially empathetic. Not to mention people who are exceptionally musical or creative – or who have special gifts in other areas.
Being highly gifted is not just a matter of IQ, but it often goes hand in hand with a very rich and equally complex emotional world. An emotional world, which all too often causes gifted people to struggle because they experience the world around them more intensely. They often suffer silently since it might seem ungrateful to view a gift as a burden.
The more we understand this complexity and are able to talk and learn about it, the easier it is to see it in a much more positive light.
When we allow ourselves to just be, with all our sensitivity, our complexity or our unique gifts, new paths can open up. We find that we can learn to live with our strengths (as well as our weaknesses) and fulfil our potential with joy.