UNDERSTANDING THE EXCEPTIONALLY GIFTED MIND: SPEAK TO ME OF YOUR POETS

“If personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures, then there was something gorgeous about him, some heightened sensitivity to the promises of life, as if he were related to one of those intricate machines that register earthquakes ten thousand miles away. . . it was an extraordinary gift for hope . . . ”

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

What of our profoundly gifted minds whose sensibilities and learning proclivities runs toward the written word, towards collaring life’s core essence (if only momentarily) in phrases – and in the heady spaces between words – who are driven to dance with the mostly ephemeral in life, to catch it, briefly, in the remarkable liquidity of verse?

“I write because there are things in me that cannot die.”
― Sanober Khan

The exceptionally gifted mind manifests in many forms: in the work of the engineer (as we wrote about several posts ago), in the work of the mathematician, or the artist (of many diverse forms), or the scientist, or in that rare intelligence played out in the profound physicality of dance or of sport, just to name but a few.

It manifests in profound creative thought, and uncommon creative capacity and production, of multiple genres.

Our gifted poets write because they must.

Our profoundly gifted children with a poet’s heart and a poet’s gift render words so that we may pause, just a little, to sip their clear watery words, and hydrate souls too compacted and too flat for easy living in this complex world.

They gift us their insight and their attention to what matters.

“A poet’s work . . . to name the unnamable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world and stop it from going to sleep.”
― Salman Rushdie

Our gifted poets write because they must.

They cannot let their hope for humanity and the earth, and all that inhabits a vast and unknowable universe, be squandered.

So they write.

Bravely.

Without earthly compass, and with immoderate compassion put to work by a heart rendered so large with their deeper knowing, and their hope for humanity’s well-being, that they are often spent and many times misunderstood.

“Once, poets were magicians. Poets were strong, stronger than warriors or kings — stronger than old hapless gods. And they will be strong once again”.
― Greg Bear

 

About the Author: P. Susan Jackson, Therapeutic Director of The Daimon Institute for the Highly Gifted in White Rock, British Columbia, Canada. This international institute offers service to highly and profoundly gifted children and adults, supporting the learning needs and overall development of this exceptional population.

Her clinical work spans 25 years, comprising over 40,000 hours of psychotherapy wholly with this exceptional population.  She is the author of numerous articles and chapters in the gifted education literature.  Her Integral Practice for the Gifted model addresses multiple aspects of human functioning – cognitive, emotional, spiritual, physical and talent based dimensions – and explains how advanced cognition influences all of these elements, the Self, and the expression of talent.

In 2010, she produced a short documentary entitled “Exceptionally Gifted Children”, which she received wide acclaim internationally.  In 2013-2014, the Daimon Institute produced “Rise:  The Extraordinary Story of the Exceptionally Gifted” – a 60 minute film on the lives of 12 exceptionally and profoundly gifted persons from all over the globe.

Sue served as the Chair of the Parents and Curriculum Networks Communications Committee and Counseling and Guidance Network (National Association to Support Gifted Children), and is a member of the advisory board for SENG.  She is recognized as an international expert in the field of the Exceptionally and Profoundly Gifted and regularly presents with other leading experts at the international conferences.  She is a (nascent) photographer, poet, and nature lover with a passionate interest in advanced development, optimal health and well-being for the Profoundly Gifted populace.

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