Well this explains a lot.

I happened into this article called “Overexcitability and the Highly Gifted Child,” which discusses some of the more frustrating and sometimes troubling behavior we see in Violet. In particular, she demonstrates “Imaginational Overexcitability”

Imaginational OE reflects a heightened play of the imagination with rich association of images and impressions, frequent use of image and metaphor, facility for invention and fantasy, detailed visualization, and elaborate dreams (Dabrowski & Piechowski, 1977; Piechowski, 1979, 1991). Often children high in Imaginational OE mix truth with fiction, create their own private worlds with imaginary companions and dramatizations to escape boredom. They find it difficult to stay tuned into a classroom where creativity and imagination are secondary to learning rigid academic curriculum. They may write stories or draw instead of doing seat work or participating in class discussions, or they may have difficulty completing tasks when some incredible idea sends them off on an imaginative tangent.

Yeah, no kidding . . .

The other ones fit too: psychomotor, emotional, sensual, and intellecutal.

It gives me some comfort knowing that this is “normal” if not typical, and that there are some strategies for dealing with it. As the author points out . . .

Paradoxically, overexcitable people are often insensitive and unaware of how their behaviors affect others. They may assume that everyone will just understand why they interrupt to share an important idea, or tune out when creating a short story in their head during dinner. It is vital to teach children and adults to be responsible for their behaviors, to become more aware of how their behaviors affect others, and to understand that their needs are not more important than those of others. The key is to realize that you can show children and adults how they are perceived, you can teach them strategies to fit in, but they must choose to change.

OK, that phrase “strategies to fit in” is a bit unfortunate, but yes, we can provide strategies for getting along.

Came across this article as a link at Prufrock Press’ Gifted Education Blog.


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