MANY GIFTED children are referred to professionals because of social and emotional difficulties and yet, the assumption that those gifted children are more likely than others to have a variety of personal and social problems is not supported by research. Social and emotional difficulties are not directly attributable to giftedness. Rather, they result from a lack of understanding by the child of the nature and significance of their intellectual and emotional difference.

Gifted children know they are different but often parents and teachers don’t discuss this difference with them because of the concern that they may get a “swelled head”. The risk that is with this approach is that, without information to the contrary, gifted children may view their differences as “weird” or “bad” or try to ignore or deny them.