Are you gifted

Interview with a young adult about his or her life as a gifted child




Interview with Conny's 16-year-old son P. about his giftedness

Part 11 of the series of articles on giftedness

What is it like to be a gifted child or adolescent?

When did you realize that you were different from the others?

When I started school because I realized that I was faster than the others.

How did you notice that?

The fact that I was better than the others and that I understood a lot more quickly.

When did you find out that you were gifted, how and through when?

I found out that I was gifted when I took the IQ test. My mother then explained the connections to me.

What bothered you that you are different?

  • ... that others don't just accept me for who I am.
  • ... that it is very difficult for me to belong.
  • ... that I think about way too much and cannot calm down.
  • ... that I am not satisfied with many answers and solutions. I want to know everything exactly, simple explanations are usually not enough for me.
  • ... that others cannot follow my train of thought. I'm usually three steps ahead of them in my mind.
  • ... that in principle I think faster than I speak, which sometimes makes me mess up, which is bad for others.

What did you like, then and now, that you are gifted?

I used to think it was great that I understood things quickly.

Today I think it's great that if I'm particularly interested in something, I can immerse myself in it particularly well. I find it z. B. to play complicated drum rhythms very easily, which others have big problems with.

How do you explain to your peers that you are different or that you are gifted?

Preferably not at all, nobody knows. Sometimes I'm ashamed of it. You might get a bad impression of me. Besides, that's none of their business.

Would you rather be different? If yes why?

No, otherwise would be boring. I am satisfied the way it is. I get along pretty well that way.

How do you think you can take advantage of your giftedness in the future?

By making full use of them or my intellect and specializing in what I do best. For example, by pursuing my interest in physics, math and languages ​​and using them professionally.

What advice would you give to other gifted people?

Just take things as they are, even if it's difficult. Accepts that the world is imperfect and that it cannot be made perfect either. Challenge yourself more!

Conclusion

In my opinion, the statements made by my son clearly show that young people learn relatively early to deal with their giftedness if they are supported accordingly.

Of course, Patrick had the advantage that he has a brother who is five years older and who is also gifted. So we all learned to deal with it earlier and Patrick was able to benefit from it.

But you can also see that children tend to take their giftedness more loosely the older they get.

They understand what's wrong with them and just accept it. Patrick makes the best of it for himself and I'm very happy about that. However, I also have to mention that Patrick is psychologically very stable and always was, in contrast to his brother. Of course, that also makes a lot of things easier for him.

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