Monday, September 25, 2017

The Multi-Fold Opportunities to Discover Gifted Genius

Giftedness and genius is a mark of significant human development that scientists continually seek to understand to help this population grow. While we believe that gifted people are completely genetic in their orientation their manifestation of skill is based in multiplicative factors that allow some to shine through and others to never manifest their skills at all! 

According to a study in the Journal of Education of the Gifted, "the extent that a specific gift operates according to emergenic inheritance and epigenetic development, the complications are already far more prodigious than implied by most dictionary definitions.(Simonton, 2005, pg. 284)"

While people may be born with gifted traits ,many won't perform at their fullest potential. They are restrained by their upbringing, personalities, social environment and opportunities. The complexity involved in the fruition of skill is multi-fold and can't be determined by intelligence alone.

Let us assume for a minute that one person who has the skill was raised in the right environment and supported through exploratory interests. They are more likely to show their skill when compared to someone who never had that level of support.

Likewise, a person who doesn't show right away may become a late bloomer if the right challenges and shifting environment open a window of opportunity. While they may not have shown mastery a few years ago, they may start to show at some other point in their lives.

The right circumstances, life lessons, genetics and opportunities come into alignment and the person begins to display superior skill. That doesn't mean it is invented instantaneously, but learned and earned through years of practice. The skill may be innate but the opportunity to master and show it is another story.

Simonton, D. (2005). Giftedness and Genetics: The Emergenic-Epigenetic Model and Its Implications. Journal for the Education of the Gifted, 28 (3/3), pg. 284

Permission to reprint with appropriate attribution-Dr.Murad Abel

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