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Sherrlene Uy

Teacher - English and Research, Glendale School, Inc. (QC, Phil)

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What are the challenges that gifted and creative individuals face at present?

Hi everyone! I am working on a research about the gifted and creative individuals. I'd like to know what are the challenges that the gifted and creative people experience in your country. Share your thoughts please :) Thanks!


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    Feb 24 2013: I've been learning so many things through this forum :) thank you everyone! :) Please keep your comments coming ^^ I am so hooked up at reading your responses.

    Since we've identified some of the challenges our GT individuals have, IS THERE A ONE SHOT SOLUTION THAT WILL CAUSE A DOMINO EFFECT ON THE OTHER PROBLEMS MENTIONED HEREIN?

    OR... WHICH PROBLEM SHOULD WE TROUBLE SHOOT FIRST? I believe we need to start on something to keep us going. What do you think? :)

    ~ Type your thoughts! ^^ Thanks again
    • Mar 5 2013: You might be careful not to assume that the opinions presented in this forum best define or represent the experiences of gifted and creative individuals. Although you have phrased the topic to recognise "challenges", too many of your respondants seem to shrink from the opportunity themselves or for others to be gifted and creative, when in truth gifted and creative individuals relish and can welcome such opportunities. In other words, consider that challenges can be good, and that such individuals enjoy a good challenge! Have you read Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's book "Creativity" (1996)? It draws on nearly a hundred interviews with creative individuals to consider "the way to happiness". Indeed, the "one-shot solution" you seek might be really obvious :)

      Conversely, gifted and creative individuals do not enjoy a bad challenge. and there is a down-side to consider. The case study of "Ian" in Miraca Gross' "Exceptionally Gifted Children" (2004) is particularly unfortunate. The first problem to trouble shoot might be... Hmmm, I think I'll have a coffee :)

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