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ERIC Number: ED032585
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Oct-15
Pages: 11
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Dilemmas of the Gifted Adolescent.
Schimel, John L.
The gifted adolescent who presents himself for therapy is distinguished from other adolescents in at least two ways. His view of himself and the world is more abstract, and his identification in finding his place in a social continuum is more difficult. Yet, the gifted adolescent has much in common with all adolescents. The clinician, however, like the teacher, can distinguish these gifted individuals. The gifted are capable of more developed and skillful manipulations of the higher abstractive functions. Creativity is more likely to occur in the gifted. Since gifted adolescents tend to report in terms of high level abstractions and express many complex theories, it may take special effort to get data from them upon which new catagories and theories can be developed. The therapist must: (1) be able to distinguish the thin line between the gifted schizophrenic and the non-schizophrenic, (2) be free to enter the realms of abstract thought, (3) be aware of the gifted's ego expressive functions and defensive functions, and (4) be able to meet the patient on his grounds. Accepting their superior abilities and the inferiority of others is helpful for the gifted, particularly in relating to others. (Author/KJ)
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Note: Paper presented at the William Alanson White Institute 25th Anniversary Symposium, October 19, 1968