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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Gifted in Crisis

Gifted in Crisis. Crisis happens to everyone. The Covid-19 pandemic is happening to all of us, all over the world.  What's different about the way the gifted handle crisis, handle this pandemic? 

Join us for Gifted in Crisis, a blog from a variety of perspectives on gifted reactions, gifted survival, and yes, even gifted success when we face crisis.

Don't miss our previous Blog Hops on related topics... OK, there are no related topics.  This is something most of us could not have imagined being in our houses 24 hours a day, wearing masks on the rare occasions we venture out to the doctor or grocery store... but the good news is, as gifted folks we are likely aware of just how much good our social distancing is doing to reduce the estimated effects of the pandemic, at least in our little corner of the world...

Visit Blog Hops for great past topics from Acceleration to Utopian Fantasies. Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Derealization ~ Elderhood in a Time of Crisis by Joy Navan, ongiftedelders
ďExperiences of unreality or detachment with respect to surroundings (e.g., individuals or objects are experienced as unreal, dreamlike, foggy, lifeless, or visually distorted).Ē (p. 302, DSM-5)

Our awareness of the pandemic the world is currently experiencing prompts feelings of detachment from reality in many of us.

Gifted elders can remember other times of derealization, when the world as we knew it appeared disfigured...
Five essential guidelines for helping your child during this global crisis by Gail Post in Gifted Challenges
While we navigate the coronavirus outbreak and grapple with our own reactions and fears, we also have to address our children's needs. This requires more than just the basics, like managing their time, finding indoor activities, and offering reassurance. Children need direct, clear, and meaningful guidance, in line with their developmental level and their capacity to digest complex and emotionally charged information. Gifted children, in particular, may have a difficult time during this crisis, especially those who are highly sensitive, obsessive overthinkers, or who struggle with existential depression.

1. First, ask them...
When Itís All Too Much, Go Outside by Teresa Currivan, LMFT, in Help My Children Thrive
You might be noticing that the natural world seems pretty happy. While we are dealing with extreme anxieties over very real things, the animals have no idea. In fact, they seem a bit happier. In the streets of San Francisco, where most things are closed down and there are few cars out, the coyotes are wandering about freely.

Itís as though we are in two very extreme realities right now. One of extreme anxiety and one of extreme peace...
Developing Resiliency Through Crisis by Jen, repurposed genealogy
So, how have you been handling all of this?

I looked up into the camera on my laptop screen at my health care provider. ďNot very well. I havenít been able to sleep. My mind wonít stop. Itís been 5 or 6 AM before Iím finally able to sleep, and if Iím lucky, Iíll sleep until 9 or 10.Ē

I understand. Itís because you know whatís coming next right? Itís because everyone else is bogged down in what is happening right now. The way your mind works, and knowing who you are, youíve dealt with that, and youíre 10 steps ahead of everyone else.

I nodded and felt the relief well up inside me, filling my eyes with tears...

To read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Updated December 01, 2020

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