I frequently get questions about emotional intensity and what I mean by the phrase. No explanation can be complete without starting with one of my favorite quotes on the matter: 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 … Continue reading Understanding Intensity
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 Living a Life Without Meaning: 5 tips to help your children work through existential depression and discover their passions and purpose
Time for the next installment in my four-part series, Emotional Intensity is My Superpower. The previous two articles looked at extreme emotions and extreme empathy and offered tips to help your gifted children reframe these attributes of emotional intensity into a strength. This week I want to tackle the somatic aspects of emotional intensity – … Continue reading Beaten Up By Your Emotions: 5 tips to help children manage the somatic aspects of emotional intensity
Last week I started a conversation about emotional intensity being a superpower. I started with a look at extreme emotions. Today, I want to continue the conversation by looking at another aspect of emotional intensity – extreme empathy. Extreme empathy is a typical characteristic of the social-emotional development of gifted youth (Hébert, 2011). Gifted youth … Continue reading Turn Emotional Intensity Into Your Superpower, Part 2: 5 Tips to Teach Your Children How To Harness the Power of Their Empathy
Emotional intensity is a superpower? Yes! One of the best. But you need to learn how to harness the strengths that lie in emotional intensity first. Over the next four weeks, I am exploring the power of emotions and offering tips you can use to help your gifted children activate their natural superpower. But what … Continue reading Turn Emotional Intensity Into Your Superpower: 5 Tips To Teach Your Children How To Harness the Power of Their Strong Emotions
One of the hallmark characteristics of gifted children and adults is an incredibly high-performance standard. While this is a fabulous thing, and the very thing that can propel many gifted individuals to excel, it can also be the thing that causes complete and utter stagnation. For me, it is often the latter. Especially if I … Continue reading When High Performance Standards Hinders Forward Progress
One of the biggest hazards of my "intense" life is taking on too many things and getting myself all out of balance. See, I can handle a lot of things on my plate at once - in my day job, in my creative life, online, and in my personal relationships. But, like many other intense … Continue reading The Elusive Search for Balance
Clutter accumulates in our space and in our mind. The mind finds way to file things and close doors. Other times the clutter of the mind leads to overwhelm. Lots of decisions to make and responsibilities to manage contribute to clutter and overwhelm. The amount of input we receive from our observation and connection abilities … Continue reading Decluttering
That point of total exhaustion – and yes, it is body, mind, and soul. Having immersed myself in various projects – many times simultaneously (somewhat out of necessity), I reach a point where there are no more resources to draw on. The ‘to do’ and ‘want to’ lists have not gone away, just running below … Continue reading My Body feels drained or is it my Soul?
Welcome to April and the start of the Spring months here at Intense Life. This month we are focusing on the "Nurturing the Soul of the Gifted." Our calendar is up on the right sidebar and I am truly excited to see what we all post about. I've been giving the topic a lot of … Continue reading It’s April and Time for A New Topic!