What is Giftedness?

The ability to take concepts and ideas to the next level is not a choice; it is something smart kids do without trying. While this skill can be a great asset in school, sports, art, or everyday life, it can also cause great pain. Because smart kids are always thinking, their minds never rest. They are constantly spinning thoughts over and over, which can help them be brilliant and creative, but can also lead to a continual struggle with anxiety.
— From “Why Smart Kids Worry” by Allison Edwards
Giftedness is asynchronous development in which advanced cognitive abilities and heightened intensity combine to create inner experiences and awareness that are qualitatively different from the norm. This asynchrony increases with higher intellectual capacity.
— The Columbus Group, 1991

People from all ages and walks of life can be gifted. Consequently their uniqueness makes the gifted vulnerable to becoming over stimulated from sound, taste, touch, sight, or even their own thoughts and emotions. This vulnerability, when left unaddressed, can lead to depression, confusion, and neuroses. Specialized knowledge and skills in parenting and counseling are required in order and develop good emotional intelligence and positive self esteem.