Another clear, concise, informative post, Gail. Interesting that you suggest that 2 gifted folks in a partnership isn't necessarily ideal. I think people assume that it would be. Another great resource about intimate relationships is: Love Cycles by Linda Carroll. Just recently published. Paula, Thanks for your comments and also more advice about another book.
Giftedness and the Ecology of Relationships
Gifted Challenges: Gifted adults and relationships: Ten sources of conflict
Gifted people experience unique challenges in the field of relationships. Some of our challenges are internal and arise from the particular make-up of our intensities; others are external and result from a lack of knowledge of our special needs as a minority population. In this article, InterGifted coach and mentor Karin Eglinton shares her story on how she learned to respond in constructive ways to both the internal and external relational challenges we gifted people face. Relationships — social, professional and romantic — have been a real struggle for me in the past.
Relationships can be a challenge for exceptional people
By Deirdre V. Reprinted with permission from Journal of Counseling and Development, May No further reproduction authorized without written permission of the American Counseling Association. There has been comparatively little focus in the literature on the characteristics and social and emotional needs of gifted adults. Using observational data, the author attempts to delineate some of the positive and negative social effects of traits displayed by gifted adults.
For some people, high sensitivity to others may demand protective isolation from hurtful relationships, even family members. I like to be alone. Petersen in a deeply ironic tone:.