Imagine your lanky, still-growing teenager trying to stay atop a thin, gymnastics balance beam. To keep from falling off, your teen needs a supreme amount of confidence, concentration and agility--three traits not always present in teens. Now, if this teenager of yours is gifted, you might think that this added intelligence would make the balancing act easier. Think again, for the balancing act often required by being both teenage and gifted is often as difficult off the beam as on.
Smart teens and sex
Smart teens and sex | High Ability
Being highly intelligent can impact social and sexual relationships for many people, growing up and as adults. Even at the cost of social skills. From post: Gifted relationships: Sex appeal and smarty-pants. But high ability people are often introverted, which can make it more difficult to relate or mate.
Gifted adolescents and intimacy in close same-sex friendships
Please take this quick survey to tell us about what happens after you publish a paper. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. As most research with gifted children has demonstrated that giftedness has a positive effect on popularity and social self-esteem, it was expected that gifted adolescents would demonstrate higher intimacy with their same-sex closest friends and would tend to evince a more secure attachment style than nongifted cohorts.
Little has been written about gifted adolescents and sexuality. In a recent text on the gifted adolescent Bireley and Genshaft, , there is so little discussion of the subject that one might assume from it that gifted adolescents are the only adolescents on earth for whom sexuality is not a major issue! As important and complex as the topic is, it seems worthwhile to begin considering it. Are highly gifted children different from other children in the way they cope with the major physiological changes that mark the transition from childhood to adulthood? We begin with individual stories.