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Self-Perceptions of Gifted Students

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Academic potential, creativity and specific areas of strength generally characterize gifted abilities. However, those areas of excelling outside of the academic arena are also part of gifted traits. A paper by Lister and Roberts (2011), discusses the self-concept of giftedness and how this often lacks a proper perspective of physical abilities and attractiveness. Their meta-analysis includes 40 studies  conducted between 1978 and 2004 to come to their conclusions on how gifted individuals view themselves. Self-concepts are an important aspect of performance. Self-conception can be defined as “ the image we hold of ourselves (Hoge and Renzulli, 1993) while self-conception refers to, “ our attitudes, feelings and knowledge about our abilities, skills, appearance, and social acceptability ” (Byrne, 1984, p. 429). Self-concept and self-conception develop over a person’s lifetime based upon the cues from the environment, others, and themselves.  It is a process of comparing oneself