Are You a Gifted Adult?

  • I have always had an insatiable curiosity
  • I set very high standards for myself and can be my own worst critic
  • I have a powerful need to know and am a seeker of ultimate truths
  • I have been criticised for being “too much” of just about everything
  • I have always felt deeply wounded by injustice and human suffering
  • I can see many sides to nearly every issue and love a good debate
  • I have a lot of energy and often feel driven by my own creativity
  • I am often seen as the “idea person” in a group
  • I love puzzles, mazes, paradoxes, complex ideas, and words
  • I often feel responsible for problems that don’t actually belong to me
  • many times I have felt “different” and sometimes I feel like a minority of one
  • I am a dyed-in-the-wool perfectionist
  • I have been criticised for not “sticking with one thing”
  • Honesty, integrity, and authenticity are very important to me
  • I have a history of questioning rules and challenging authority
  • I seem to be bothered by bright lights, aromas, and noises that others ignore
  • I have a well-developed sense of humour that is somewhat offbeat
  • I have maintained my childlike sense of playfulness and wonder

Do you recognise yourself or someone you know?

The vast majority of gifted adults are never identified in childhood and don’t know they are gifted. Even if they know, until now no-one has ever explained to them how to manage their intensities and deal with the “real world”. If you see yourself in more than half of these traits you are probably one of the millions of gifted adults whose identity and life no longer need to be confused and filled with self-doubt.

Welcome home.

Taken from ‘The Gifted Adult‘ by Marie-Elaine Jacobsen, Psy.D.