Sunday, October 4, 2020
Gifted Creatives of our world… Hang in there!
Giftedness is not what you do or how hard you work. It’s who you are. People and events can change your shape but they can’t change what is underneath –
· The way that you think
· Your intrinsic need to use your creativity to seek meaning in your life
· Your sensitivity. (There is a high correlation between the trait of high sensitivity and giftedness. We know that not all gifted people are highly sensitive, but there is research backing for the assertion that all highly sensitive people are gifted).
· Your obsession with your area of passion and the difficulty that you have in having to stop to refocus on something elseYou are not broken. You don’t need fixing. You may wonder at times but you are not alone. If this means that many in the population find you odd, then seek the company of those who appreciate you just for the way that you are because we all have our own ways for doing things.
Write your name in the air with your finger.Now do it again using the other hand.Although you will feel more comfortable and probably more efficient with your dominant hand, you can still do it with the other one, can’t you?
We all use our senses to make sense of the world around us but just as people have different abilities, there are also differing degrees of sensitivity, and how these are perceived by others can have a huge effect on creativity.
Broomdasher A maker of brooms
Cratchmaker A maker of hay mangers/ cribs
Chinglor A roof tiler who uses wooden shingles
Limnor An illuminator of books
Malemaker A maker of travelling bags
Many of our current occupations will no longer exist 50 years from now.
The present is the ideal time to look for opportunities to show your creative abilities in ways that might not have been invented yet. Advances in creativity research are having an increasing impact on theories of giftedness as researchers reflect on those who possess exceptional levels of creative ability, but differ from the traditional ideas of talent.
What if what you are good at is not valued?
Then you won’t believe you are creative. Look for role models. Believe in yourself. Creativity is open ended and the more divergent that your thinking is, then the more likely it is that your motivation to create comes from within you.
Look at these examples (Real students)…
Lydia mixes truth and fiction and has a vivid imagination. She spends a lot of time watching what is going on around her and is often perceived as a daydreamer. She is totally focussed when a task involves creative writing in class. Imagine if some of our most loved authors had been made to believe that their imagination and daydreams were of little value. We would not know the world of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter or the gentle philosophies of A.A.Milne’s Winnie the Pooh. Or the challenge of living with the Applewhites, who dwelt in the mind of Stephanie Tolan.
If this is you then keep dreaming! Hang in there!
Brandon is excited about learning. His love of learning is more likely to be recognised as gifted in school but not his independent and inventive thinking or his non conformist attitude towards set work. He resists teacher selected assignments and just doesn’t bother to complete them. He is self motivated but looks for opportunities to find out more or starts bossing others around so they get their work done.
If this is you, then learn to negotiate so that the work content is challenging for you. Hang in there!
Jack insists on wearing sports shoes for field sports at school. He reacts negatively to smells. His parents say that he is a picky eater. He is a talented artist and finds it difficult to stop drawing to do something else, because art helps him to examine things and express what he finds impossible to put into words. . He can become completely absorbed in a particular piece of art or music. What is perceived is his single mindedness.
If this is you, then many of these characteristics in later life will be seen as eccentricities if your creativity is valued. Hang in there!
Cody is a constant talker. He has rapid speech and uses his whole body when he talks. He likes to win at whatever he does and it extremely competitive. He is in rep team for school sports and is valued for his physical ability, but he finds it hard to sit still for any periods of classroom inactivity and finds it hard to settle down again because he has lots of energy. This is a constant problem for his teachers after scheduled breaks.
If this is you, then look for ways to help you to harness your energy. Hang in there!
And finally, Andrea. She has intense reactions to peer group criticism and rejection. She resists participation in any active team sports. She is very emotionally attached to the environment and struggles with the issues raised by pandemic life during the last six months. She is intensely interested in issues to do with pollution and her classmates resist her efforts to talk about it and make changes to reduce their impact.
If this is you, then look for new ways to capture attention so that your message is received.
Hang in there!
My advice, for what it’s worth, is to focus on your strengths rather than your deficiencies. You are the artists, musicians, philosophers and problems solvers of the future.
You are unique.Let’s celebrate that!
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