The Fears and Anxieties of Gifted Learners

 

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Lamont, R. T. (2012). The Fears and Anxieties of Gifted Learners. Gifted Child Today, 35(4), 271-276.

This article was a thoughtful review of the overexcitabilities which affect gifted children and the fears and anxieties they produce. Lamont beings by explaining overexcitabilities and the five types therein: psychomotor, sensual, intellectual, imaginational, and emotional. After describing these traits, she also give succinct definitions of asynchronous development and emotional intelligence.

Lamont lists a few of the most common fears, divided between boys and girls. Girls fear the dark, strange noises, dirt, animals, and being kidnapped. Boys tend to be scared of imaginary creatures, nightmares, bodily injury, and school failure.

Perhaps the best part of the article is her tips for both parents and teachers on how to reduce fear and anxiety.

For parents:

  • Structure and routine
  • Teaching them to be flexbile
  • Meditation
  • Determine realistic expectations
  • Model positive thinking
  • Focus on the present
  • Provide opportunities to express feelings
  • Be available for guidance and advice
  • Use humor
  • Community service
  • Bibliotherapy

For teachers:

  • Become more aware of the characteristics and needs of gifted children
  • Mentors
  • Teach different philosophies of life
  • Grouping with other students
  • Networking
  • Teach problem solving skills

It is obvious by her article that she is very well-aware of the emotional plight of the gifted child. She mentions her precocious daughter several times as an example to explain the definition of certain terms and I appreciate her thoughtfulness with the advice given.

 

 

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