Long neglected by psychology in favor of gifted children, gifted adults sometimes discover their particularity late. Author of several books on this audience, clinical psychologist Jeanne Siaud-Facchin was the guest of Without an appointment Friday on Europe 1. Recognized specialist of the gifted, she insisted on the fact that being gifted was not a disease and pointed out the real differences or felt by these adults with those around them. Here are three things to know about gifted adults.
Their brains work faster
Jeanne Siaud-Facchin first pointed out that gifted adults had “no more neurons” than anyone else. So that’s not what explains the liveliness of their minds. On the other hand, “the information captured by their five senses reaches the brain much more quickly,” said the psychologist. Likewise, this information “travels much faster from one part of the brain to another and travels much faster.”
These amounts of information are also “distributed much more widely in the brain” of gifted adults than in other people.
Their daily life can be marked by a “feeling of being out of step”
Of course, not all gifted adults live their daily lives in the same way. “One can very well not be identified (as gifted) and have a quiet and serene life, without worry” even if one would be one of these adults, confirmed Jeanne Siaud-Facchin. However, she often meets gifted adults who “feel out of step” with their colleagues or the people around them.
“It is often the gaze of others that returns to adults this feeling of not being like everyone else,” said the specialist. She also says she notices in those who come to consult her an “ability to be amazed” that she attributes to “an abundant thought”.
It is not so easy to identify them
Very often, said Jeanne Siaud-Facchin, it is by coming to consult for their child that gifted adults become aware of their particularity. The specialist reported that some collapsed in tears in front of her as well. For adults asking questions through other means, she advises to “go see a psychologist”. “They are the only ones able to make a psychological assessment with tests where one will evaluate the intelligence and explore the personality and the emotional and affective dynamics”, she concluded.