Hi all! Time for the final part of my resiliency series. Two week ago we talked about Building Connections, and before that, Mastery. Today we are talking about emotional reactions and the impact of these on resiliency.
Emotional reaction refers to how a child reacts emotionally to adversity or problems. We already know that Gifted Kids are highly intense. But this emotional reactivity, while actually a good thing, does bring with it the potential for difficulties in the area of resiliency. Some factors that impact a person’s overall emotional reactivity is the depth of their intensities, the time it takes them to emotionally bounce back from a set back, and the level of impairment the emotional intensity may cause.
Gifted children, being more intense than their non-gifted counterparts, have some unique challenges when it comes to emotional reactivity and intensity, including:
- Extreme Intensity
- Rigid thinking that makes recovery difficulty
- Lack of emotional tools
- Build an emotional tool bank
- Teach your child an emotional vocabulary to discuss feelings, and then discuss them regularly
- Discuss perfectionism and imposter syndrome issues openly and often
- Discuss and work through fear of failure concerns