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Gifted and Neurodivergent - How does our brainmind work differently?
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Gifted and Neurodivergent - How does our brainmind work differently?

Understanding what's going on can lead to a better path in life.

The first part of this episode is an excerpt from a Neurocuriosity Club Podcast episode:

Megan Griffith asks her guest Jennifer Harvey Sallin "What do we need to know as gifted adults trying to navigate the world? I know there's not one piece of advice that's going to be a one size fits all."

Jennifer Harvey Sallin, Founding Director of InterGifted: "First we have to know we're gifted... And that could sound like so simple... but it is really big because it's not automatic, you're not just going to find it out because that's a normal thing that's taught in the general population.

"And if you don't find it out and you struggle a lot with the things that gifted adults struggle with, and that's not even saying anything about twice exceptionality and multi exceptionality having giftedness plus other neurodivergence."

The 2nd, much shorter, part of this Creative Mind Audio episode includes comments by Julie Skolnick: "The topic of social-emotional needs and communication for 2e adults is a crucial area that often requires special attention and understanding. Explore strategies and insights that can help support well-being effectively."

She points out how valuable it can be to connect with other gifted people. One of her resources for that is The Haystack community for 2e adults.

See more on the list of Online communities that support creative, highly sensitive, gifted, neurodivergent people.

Is Giftedness a Neurodivergence post

Is Giftedness a Neurodivergence? By Dr. Patty Gently (Formerly Williams) Bright Insight Support Network, June 23, 2024.

"So Is Giftedness a Neurodivergence?

"The quick answer to this question is a clear and resounding yes. I will explain this further though.

"In my glossary of terms in different publications and on the Bright Insight TERMS page, you can find a brief definition of giftedness as follows:

“A neurodivergence and measure of identity inclusive of qualities such as advanced cognitive abilities (sometimes seen as creativity or creative problem-solving), rapid pattern-finding and meaning-making, seemingly asynchronous development and compensation, and overexcitability/heightened intensity that all lend to a qualitative difference in depth and when compared to neurotypical experience and presentation.”

[Follow link to the longer article.]

The image at top is actor Kara Hayward in Moonrise Kingdom (2012) - See why I chose it below, plus more comments, articles, videos and other resources including:

Videos:

* Social Emotional Needs and Communication - A Crucial Area for 2e Adults, with Julie Skolnick

* Related video with Skolnick: What does it mean to be a 2e adult?

Related podcasts and posts:

* Thriving as a highly sensitive person, or autistic, or both - especially as a woman

* The complex experience of 2E adults with ADHD with Linda Roggli

* Online communities that support creative, highly sensitive, gifted, neurodivergent people

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