Were you ever bullied as a youngster? By other kids? By teachers? By family members? Have your children been bullied?
Rainforest-minded folks may experience bullying for any of the following reasons:
Extra-sensitivity: intense emotional expressiveness (including crying easily), unusual empathy, speaking out against injustice, greater awareness and intuitions, heightened experiences with sensations such as tastes, sounds, sights, touch.
Intellectual intensity: enormous enthusiasm for learning, fast talking and thinking, tendency to argue for mental exercise, appearing like a know-it-all, correcting teacher’s mistakes, scoring well on tests, answering “too many ” questions in a classroom, being “too smart,” obsessions with obscure or unpopular or complicated topics.
Asynchronous development or 2e-ness: quite advanced in some areas while being average or below in other areas, intellectual precocity along with learning challenges such as ADHD, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), sensory processing issues (SPD); social skill deficits, especially when communicating with same-aged peers.
Divergent thinking and creative unusualnesses: difficulty with authority, “too many” ideas and solutions to problems, impatience with friends or colleagues who are slower paced or more linear thinkers, frequent daydreaming.
If this describes you or your child, help is on the way!
A new book by writer and gifted advocate (and, full disclosure, my friend) Pamela Price adeptly presents what parents need to know to understand bullying behaviors and to effectively address them. Using poignant personal examples, careful research, and stories from parents of gifted kids, Price explains why gifted children are bullied, the impact it can have on the child and the family, what parents can do about it and how families can produce more resilient children.
Like many books published by GHF Press (fuller disclosure, this is the publisher of my book, coming this spring), Gifted, Bullied, Resilient is for busy parents who don’t have time to waste. It’s written with efficiency and quality in mind. You can find it here.
To my blogEEs: Tell us about your experiences with bullying; either yours or that of your children. And if you pick up Pamela’s book, let us know what you think.