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Stress and Giftedness
"Is a Gifted Student More Likely to Feel Stress than Others?
Many gifted youngsters have a heightened sensitivity to their surroundings,
to events, to ideas, and to expectations. Some experience their own high
expectations for achievement as a relentless pressure to excel. Constant
striving to live up to self-expectations--or those of others-- to be first,
best, or both can be very stressful. With every new course, new teacher, or
new school questions arise about achievement and performance, since every
new situation carries with it the frightening risk of being mediocre.
Striving becomes even more stressful when unrealistic or unclear
expectations are imposed by adults or peers. The pressure to excel,
accompanied by other concerns such as feeling different, self-doubt (the
"impostor" syndrome), and the need to prove their giftedness can drain the
energy of gifted students and result in additional stress." Leslie
S. Kaplan, Helping
Gifted Students with Stress Management, ERIC Digest E488
the Gifted Child: A Practical Source for Parents and Teachers
by James T. Webb, Elizabeth A.
- Meckstroth, Stephanie S. Tolan. Considered the classic text of this
field, this book is now in its 18th printing, and has sold over 100,000
copies! Called the "Dr. Spock" for parents of gifted children, it deals with
the issues of motivation, discipline, peer relations, sibling rivalry,
stress management and depression. The Wall Street Journal called it "An
excellent book," and it was awarded the National Media Award from the
American Psychological Association...
- "Play Partner"
or "Sure Shelter"? Why gifted children prefer older friends..
by Miraca Gross
- A recent Australian study compared conceptions of friendship held by
average ability students, moderately gifted and highly gifted primary school
students. "The following incident is only one
of many which have brought home to me, over the last few years, the distress
experienced by gifted children who think, rapturously, that they have found a
friend, only to discover they have simply made an acquaintance..."
Fourth R: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Relaxation by Ron Rubenzer, in
Insights, a publication of the Duke University Talent Identification Program
- Competition can be a good thing, because it can make everyone perform just
a little better. But taken too far, competition can lead students to
feel overwhelmed. One out of three college freshman feels overwhelmed,
and many high schoolers feel overwhelmed by achievement stress. You can
get the proper grip on competition by following these recommendations ...
Gifted Students with Stress Management (ERIC Digest E488) by Leslie S.
- How can a youngster experience stress when nothing bad is happening?
Is a gifted student more likely to feel stress than others? And more
important, How can parents, teachers and counselors reduce stress on gifted
Without Tears: A Parent's Guide For Motivating Children to Do Homework and
to Succeed in School by Lee Canter and Lee Hausner
- The help parents need to create an unstressful learning environment in the
home and motivate their youngsters to succeed in school...
and Loss: The Emotional Lives of Gifted Children by Joshua Freedman and
- For most gifted children, childhood is more pleasurable and more
fulfilling because they derive joy from challenge and reward from work. At the
same time, it is a childhood that is more painful, more isolated, and more
stressful because they do not fit in with their peers and they set high
out" They Say. If I Only Could: Intensities and Sensitivities of the Young
and Bright by Michael M. Piechowski
out" They Say...)
- “The purpose of this book is to give voice to the emotional life of bright
young people, to show how their intensities and sensitivities make them more
alive, more creative, and more in love with the world and its wonders”
Minute Test-taking Tips by Ronald L. Rubenzer
- The "testing triathlon": being fact smart, test smart, stress smart.
Left-brain, right-brain, and both-brain activities to assure test
preparedness... (requires Adobe Reader)
Psychologist Blames Stress for Gifted Students' Misbehavior by Susan
- Some high-school dropouts, chronic truants, and classroom daydreamers may
be very bright children who use inappropriate behavior as a way to ease the
distinctive stresses they and others like them often experience in
Can Really Get on Your Nerves! by Trevor Romain and Elizabeth
- Uses silly jokes and light-hearted cartoons along with serious advice to
help readers recognize the causes of stress and its effects and learn how to
handle worry, anxiety, and stress...
Stressed To Think?: A Teen Guide To Staying Sane When Life Makes You Crazy
by Annie Fox and Ruth Kirschner
- Basics on stress and stress management, then details on the most stressful
stuff in teen lives: family, friends, school, and boyfriends / girlfriends ...
+ Brilliant, Blessed + Cursed by Patti Hartigan,
The Boston Globe
- They are barely into their teens, yet they are declared the next Mozart or
even a modern Messiah. But child prodigies are often both misunderstood and
openly ostracized, and, as adults, they struggle under the burden of their
April 02, 2019