My professional focus has been on the gifted population since 2007. This is because I have a great deal of affinity with gifted people (see Chantal Woltring) and because I love working with them enormously. Their width, depth and intensity give me great joy. Abstract, cross domain, pattern seeking, quick associating thoughts and creative, divergent thinking come easy to me.

Many of my clients are happily surprised and relieved to finally have a coach that can actually follow them in the whole breadth of their experiences. Too often they have experienced coaches who could not cater to the intensity and depth of their needs, or whom they could (unconsciously) mislead too easily, thus not learning enough from their sessions.

Some may recognize themselves in descriptions as renaissance (wo)man, polymath, neogeneralist,  multipotentialite or having a rainforest mind.

 

A Qualitative View on Giftedness

My clients recognise themselves in the following ways of being, often characteristic of certain (highly) gifted*:

  • have advanced cognitive abilities (very quick, wide and nuanced in their thinking)
  • enjoy discovering novelties and complexity and depth
  • are autonomous in their will, wishes and desires
  • driven by their curiosity
  • intense in their emotional experience
  • sensitive in their perceptions
  • broad in their interest and multiple capabilities
  • and have a strong creative drive

*Giftedness as a concept is not without its complications. There are many different definitions of it and the discussions between those who support and those who oppose various points of view can get heated. I mainly take a qualitative view from the 2008 dutch Delphi study (Kooijman-van Tiel):

Delphi Model of Giftedness

A gifted person is a quick and clever thinker, able to deal with complex matters. Autonomous, curious and passionate. A sensitive and emotionally rich individual, living intensely. He or she enjoys being creative. (Delphi-model of Giftedness – Kooijman – van Thiel, 2008).

Source: Delphi Model of Giftedness (Kooijman-van Thiel, 2008)

Delp=hi Model of Giftedness (Kooijman-van Tiel, 2008)

Social-emotional & physical aspects often underexposed

Vaak beperkt het begrip hoogbegaafdheid tot de cognitie, het denken, en blijven de kenmerkende aspecten en behoefte van hoogbegaafden op het sociaal-emotionele, het fysieke en/of het spirituele vlak  sterk onderbelicht.

Hoogbegaafden herkennen niet alleen snel vakgebied-overschrijdende patronen en gaan makkelijk naar meta-niveau waarvandaan zij systeem-overschrijdend kunnen kijken. Naast hun rijkgeschakeerdheid in denken, bezitten ze dat net zo in het emotioneel beleven,in het sensomotorisch waarnemen, en (spiritueel) bewust zijn. Zaken die zij van nature en vanzelfsprekend met grootse breedte, wijdsheid en diepgang doen. Hoogbegaafden hebben als het ware een zeer efficiënt neurologisch systeem.

 

Often people percieve giftedness as purely intellectual, cognitive. But the gifted’s intensity is not just intellectual, it often comes with intensity at an social-emotional, physical, imaginational and spiritual level too. not not only

Qualitatively Different from the Norm

Veelal beseffen hoogbegaafden niet, dat anderen de wereld niet in dezelfde “hoge resolutie” ervaren, wat vaak tot misverstanden en frustratie leidt. Het zelf dusdanig anders in elkaar gestoken zijn op zo’n afstand van de populatie meer rond het midden, wordt wel gevoeld, maar slecht geduid, wat het verhouden tot anderen en jezelf ongemakkelijk kan maken en in het sociale verkeer zowel privé als zakelijk kan frustreren.