There are many myths surrounding high intelligence and giftedness. One myth is gifted adults are 'abnormal' and gifted children will outgrow their intelligence. Both beliefs are false. Giftedness in adults and children is an alternative normative development. Therefore, high intelligence is not a mental illness but mental health that needs special attention and resources. Problems with giftedness and high intelligence stem from interacting with people and the environment. Their unusual personality characteristics and high moral values often place them in opposition with society.
How can the therapist help?
The therapist can provide a safe place to explore or to express feelings in individual or group settings. Another therapeutic mode would be expressive art therapy (not training for a career in performing arts) to gain insight about self and others. The therapist can also design programs, the gifted can maintain to support one another and their personal growth.