WHO ARE THE EXCEPTIONALLY AND PROFOUNDLY GIFTED?

They are our artists,
our musicians,
our scientists,
our economists,
our philosophers,
our poets,
our writers,
our visionaries,
our entrepreneurs,
our uber-athletes,
our physicians,
our tinkerers,
our caregivers,
our dancers,
our crafters,
our farmers,
our humanitarians,
our designers,
our dreamers,
our engineers,
our math wizards,
our techno-savants,
and more . . .

Some are scholars: studiers of knowledge.

Some are our hands-on-the-wheel, manipulate -it-to -know-it geniuses . . . .

They are possessed of prodigious intellects,
capable of powerful and extraordinary learning.

They often exhibit exceptional sensitivity, and they have the potential for acute awareness- of-all-phenomena.

Each in their own way, they possess the capacity for precise discernment of the world around them, and a penchant for complex pattern-making.

And they have an uncommon flair for problem-solving and or extraordinary creative production.

They are a very curious, diverse and (potentially) very powerful tribe.

At their best, they share a super-charged motivation to learn, and to deeply understand phenomena, of all kinds, and to create, and to contribute.

 

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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