intellect-emotional

Characteristics of Students who are Gifted

The following charts list some intellectual and emotional traits of children who are gifted. Some key things to keep in mind are:

  • Groups of children who are gifted often have differences among themselves which are as great as differences from other students.
  • It is highly unlikely for a child who is gifted to have all of the characteristics on both charts.

Intellectual

Motivation

A strong desire to learn

Initiates, directs and sustains individual or group behaviours in order to attain a goal.

Interest

Advanced, intense, sometimes unusual interests.

Special attention is given to activities, avocations, subjects that have special worth or significance.

Problem-solving Ability

Effective, often inventive strategies for recognizing and solving problems.

Process of determining a correct sequence of alternatives leading to a desired goal or to successful completion of a performance or task.

Emotional

Heightened sensitivity

  • Compassion, consideration and understanding of others
  • Protective, nurturing, easily moved to tears
  • Aware of others’ feelings
  • Sensitive to injustice, criticism, pain
  • Strong need for consistency between values and actions within self and others
  • Caring, understanding
  • Forming strong attachments
  • Empowering others
  • Aesthetic sensitivity (appreciation for complexity in works of art and ability to interpret works of art)

Heightened intensity of experience

  • Energetic, enthusiastic
  • Intensely absorbed in various pursuits
  • Vivid imagination
  • Emotional vulnerability
  • Emotional intensity (experiences emotions strongly and may be emotionally reactive)
  • Strong attachments and commitments
  • High expectations of self and others

Perfectionism

  • May be a high achiever
  • Exhibit high personal standards
  • Set unrealistic expectations
  • Demonstrate persistence, perseverance and enthusiastic devotion to work
  • May give up if own standards are not met, or if a mistake is made
  • Self-evaluative and self-judging
  • May have feelings of inadequacy and inferiority and desire praise and reassurance
  • May become extremely defensive if given criticism
  • Less tolerant of imperfection in others
  • May procrastinate

Introversion

  • Have deep feelings
  • Are reflective and introspective
  • Focus on inner-growth through searching, questioning and exercising self-correction judgment
  • Have knowledge about emotions
  • May withdraw into themselves rather than acting out aggressively toward others

Superior humor

  • Conveys and picks up on humor quickly and well
  • Ability to synthesize key ideas or problems in complex situations in a humorous way
  • Exceptional sense of timing in words and gestures
  • Keen sense of humor that may be gentle or hostile
  • Large accumulation of information about emotions
  • Capacity for seeing the unusual
  • Uncommon emotional depth
  • Openness to experiences
  • Sensory awareness

Moral sensitivity

  • Emotional sensitivity
  • Innate sense of right and wrong
  • Complex inner life
  • Early ethical concerns
  • Heightened awareness of the world
  • Advanced moral reasoning and judgment
  • High moral values
  • Feel empathy for others
  • Tolerance (not aggression)
  • Responsibility for others and self
  • Just attitude (treating everybody by the same standards)
  • Truthfulness
  • Authenticity
  • Courage in the face of adversity
  • Altruism and idealism (desire to enhance caring and civility in the community and in society at large)
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