What does Gifted actually mean?

Have you ever wondered what it means to be "gifted"? People might have told you you're gifted but what does it really mean?


It means you're smart. It means you learn things quickly - much faster than most of the people you know who perform(ed) the same task. It might mean that you remember things well. You could have a talent in athletics, music, art, drama, or leadership that is different from other people your age. It might mean you are a very good speller because you remember so well. It might mean that you learned the capitals of the states very quickly or that you learned to multiply very easily and now you're ready to go on to other things. People who are gifted learn things quickly and easily in a certain field of interest. When learning new concepts, it might mean that you don't need much assistance from a tutor to review and repeat because you easy grasp all the concepts.


You might have a problem in learning environments because you want to learn things faster than your other collegues. You might be the first person to raise your hand in a class when the tutor asks a question. Everyone else might be annoyed with you for doing that. You might not understand why learning comes easily to you and why you get a good feeling from knowing the answers. Sometimes it seems like we are very proud of people who have an athletic, musical, or artistic talent and we say lots of nice things about them. When someone is smart, we sometimes feel that we're bragging if we act proud of that person.


Some people are gifted in all areas, but you can be gifted in one area and not in others. For example, you could be gifted in math, but average in reading or history. You could have a special talent in art, but not in leadership.


Being smart is a good thing. Being gifted is a good thing. It does make you a little different from the other people your age, especially when it comes to learning. Sometimes gifted people feel a little embarrassed about being smart and then they try to hide their ability. If you feel this way, this would be a good time to talk to a counselor about how you are feeling.

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