The Gift(ed)

Came across the views of psychologist Joan Freeman, via Annalisa BarbieriYoung, gifted and likely to suffer for it“. The Guardian, October 9, 2010:

She is keen to lay to rest another stereotype: that gifted children are tortured, unable to fit in and have emotional problems. In her book [Gifted Lives: What Happens When Gifted Children Grow Up], it seems that those who did have problems socially, did so because the parents decided this is how they should be, that their gifted children had to conform to type by having few, or no friends. The children “whose parents had identified them as gifted had emotional problems far more frequently than identically gifted but unlabelled children.” So would it be better not to label them?

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