Is It Good to Be Gifted? Optimal IQ and the Flipside to Giftedness

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HighAbility.org: Is It Good to Be Gifted? Optimal IQ and the Flipside to Giftedness

By: David Palmer, Ph.D

“Is it good to be a gifted? This may sound like a strange question – of course being gifted is good… isn’t it?

It’s true that kids who score higher on IQ tests will have an advantage academically. After all, these tests are designed to predict school success. The skills tapped by IQ tests, including memory, problem-solving, and language ability are also important for doing well on college placement tests and succeeding in a career. So there’s definitely an upside to being gifted. But how gifted do kids need to be to reap these benefits – and is there a flipside to having a high IQ?

It may seem reasonable to believe that the higher our IQ, the better off we are. Yet, it turns out that’s not necessarily true. Those with higher…

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