This post has been a long time in the writing. As most of you know, I consider myself an incredibly intense human. I demonstrate intellectual, emotional, imaginational and sensory overexcitabilities - every area except one. I have come to embrace every aspect of my highly intense nature. Well almost everyone. I struggle with my sensory … Continue reading The Care and Keeping of Intense Humans: A Personal Project
As an author, coach and consult in the field of giftedness, I receive many emails. Some are questions, some are speaking or consulting/coaching requests and some are specific to my books. One of the most common questions I receive is "How can I tell if my very young child is gifted?" First, it is essential … Continue reading Is Your Preschooler Gifted?
Today is the last part of my series on turning emotional intensity into a superpower. Together we've looked at the extreme emotions associated with emotional intensity, intense empathy, and the mind-body connection. To finish up the series, I want to talk about existential depression and self-actualization. Existential Depression Self-actualization is one of the more sparsely … Continue reading Emotional Intensity is My Superpower – PART 4: Understanding Existential Depression
I'm back with another installment of Emotional Intensity is My Superpower. The first article dealt with the extreme emotions found in emotional intensity. Part 2 was all about empathy. Today we are talking about how emotional intensity shows up in the body. Physical Manifestations of Emotional Intensity: Emotional intensity isn’t only about our emotional reactions … Continue reading Emotional Intensity is My Superpower – PART 3: The Mind-Body Connection with Emotional Intensity
This post continues the conversation started last week with managing extreme emotions. Now I want to address another common aspect of emotional intensity - extreme empathy. Extreme empathy is a typical characteristic of the social-emotional development of gifted youth (Hébert, 2011). Gifted youth not only sympathize with others to a great extent, but they can … Continue reading Emotional Intensity is My Superpower – PART 2: Tips to Help Children Manage Extreme Empathy
Ask any parent or educator of a gifted child to describe what it means to be gifted, and you’ll get a large variety of answers. Words like tenacious, bright, and thoughtful come to mind, alongside perfectionistic and rigid. Perhaps the best way to describe gifted individuals is intense, concerning both their cognitive prowess and their … Continue reading Emotional Intensity is My Superpower – PART 1: Tips to Help Children Manage Extreme Emotions