The Primary Importance of the Inner Experience of Giftedness

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The Primary Importance of the Inner Experience of Giftedness

Description

Based on my autoethnographic work, this paper illuminates how a focus on achievement overshadows the importance of the inner experience of giftedness. Growing up identified as a gifted child, but lacking an awareness of what it means to be gifted, created great inner conflict as I struggled with feeling too different and out of sync from the norm. As an adult, I have found that Dabrowski’s theory of positive disintegration provides a framework for understanding the power of multilevel development. Lacking guidance to help me understand that these differences were indicators of strong developmental potential and not mental illness led to two decades of inappropriate treatment. To ignore or deny the inner experience is an injustice to gifted individuals of all ages.

Date

2017

Language

English

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“The Primary Importance of the Inner Experience of Giftedness,” TPD Archive , accessed November 18, 2018, http://christianewells.com/items/show/128.

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