This Profoundly Gifted Child

We know that Profoundly Gifted persons are hard-wired for prodigious learning and powerful creative processes.

“The truly creative mind in any field is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive. To him… a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god, and failure is death. Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overpowering necessity to create, create, create — so that without the creating of music or poetry or books or buildings or something of meaning, his very breath is cut off from him. He must create, must pour out creation. By some strange, unknown, inward urgency he is not really alive unless he is creating.”  Pearl S. Buck

Their uncommon and NORMAL dynamic of growth affects not only their advanced cognitive abilities but also their emotional, moral and social functionality.

They are, potentially, switched-on in all aspects of human experience.

 

But this actualizing of this rich, innate potential requires a context that works, right resources and knowledge of complex and dynamic systems.

It also requires recognition of the vast difference among members of this little tribe.

Our kids share some things – complex cognitive processing, sensitivities, precocity – BUT how and when the myriad aspects of each child show up, and how they interplay with each other, is idiosyncratic.

That’s the dynamic part.

And awareness of the existence of these interpenetrating dynamisms – of the intellect, the emotions, communicative capacities, social capacities, particular expressions of uncommon talent, just to name a few – is the first step towards the right approach to healthy development for our kids.

The psychology presented here at the DAIMON INSTITUTE differentiates for the profoundly gifted person’s extraordinary, complex cognition, heightened experience of reality and a powerful, distinctive and directive Self.

That SELF shows up early, in the PG person’s life, in the form of a strong will, an inner self-knowing, and not-to-be-ignored leanings towards things, oftentimes towards what is right and just, particular interests, an untameable curiosity and a vast imaginative inner-scape.

 

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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