Children with Exceptional Abilities

Cognitive:

  • Extraordinary quantity of information
  • Advance comprehension
  • Ability to generalise
  • Works comfortably with abstract ideas
  • Capacity of seeing unusual and diverse
    relationships
  • Accelerated thought processes
  • Generates original ideas and interests
  • Unusual intensity of
    interest/commitment/goal-directed behaviour
  • High level of language development
  • Evaluative approach to self and others

Affective:

  • Keen sense of humour may be gentle or
    hostile
  • Idealism, sense of justice
  • Sensitivity towards the feelings of others
  • Heightened self awareness, sense of being
    different
  • Emotional depth and intensity
  • High expectations of self and others
  • Earlier development of inner locus of
    control
  • Strong need for consistency between
    abstract values and personal actions
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Intuitive:

  • Interest in intuitive knowledge,
    metaphysical ideas and phenomena; will experiment with these
  • Ability to predict outcomes
  • Interest in future
  • Creative apparent in all areas of endeavour

Societal:

  • Interest in social problems and issues
  • Ability in conceptualising and solving
    societal problems
  • Leadership