Working With the Up-Side of Emotional Intensity


As Christine Fonseca pointed out on Monday, emotionally intense individuals experience extreme highs and lows. The intensity of these emotional reactions can cause difficulties. The Challenges: Depression is a risk for children who experience too many lows without balance or awareness of the temporary nature of emotional responses. People who wear their hearts on their sleeves … Continue reading Working With the Up-Side of Emotional Intensity

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Getting Off to A Good Start


September's theme here at An Intense Life is Surviving School 101. My kids went back to school yesterday, so we've only had to survive one day so far. I am pleased to report that it went well. Part of what made it go well is the foundation that I started laying 4 months ago. As  a recap, … Continue reading Getting Off to A Good Start

Understanding the Twice-Exceptional: Easier Said Than Done


I having been living in data hell for the past few years. Actually, lack-of-data hell. Nobody seems to be able to get a handle on my most complicated kid: a 5-year old with 2nd grade math and reading skills, the emotional meltdowns of a 2-year-old, and significant developmental delays relating to basic self-care skills. Figuring … Continue reading Understanding the Twice-Exceptional: Easier Said Than Done

2e or Not 2e? Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis: An Insider’s Perspective


Gifted children with learning, emotional, and behavioural challenges face two risks. Firstly, the intensities and development trajectory of normal gifted development can be pathologized. Secondly, serious problems can remain undiagnosed because practitioners think gifted kids can't have “those kinds of problems.” Both are bad, with long-term consequences. There are resources looking at the problems of … Continue reading 2e or Not 2e? Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis: An Insider’s Perspective

Some Challenges of Being Gifted and a Parent


If you search the web for “gifted parent,” you will find many resources aimed at parents of gifted children. It is much harder to find resources to address parenting as a gifted adult. Parenting as a gifted adult can have challenges that relate specifically to the giftedness of the parents. For example, observe how the … Continue reading Some Challenges of Being Gifted and a Parent

Intellectual Overexcitability in Action


To be intellectually overexcitable according to Dabrowski's theory of Overexcitabilities is to love an intellectual challenge and to be driven to solve problems, ask probing questions, and engage in theoretical anaylsis. This weekend, my parents and I had a conversation that demonstrated how these intellectual passions can manifest themselves. Between us, we have 7 degrees … Continue reading Intellectual Overexcitability in Action