I was academically gifted, but I still have a really hard time saying this and I've never felt identified with such label.
I believe that, for instance, adaptability, empathy or natural charisma are underrated: we're social animals and anything that makes you brilliant among people is a gift.
It's because a very high IQ isn't normal, and therefore it's comorbid with a lot of other conditions ..... Most of the "gifted" people do not connect directly with other "gifted" people. If the top 2% of the population of the USA joined, American Mensa would have 6,000,000 members.
I haven't seen anything to indicate "gifted" people have any more trouble with real life than anybody else.
BTW, I have a LOT of common sense and experience no particular trouble with normal social interactions.
Stereotypes about highly intelligent people4 are usually wrong.
Mensa really isn't meant to have an elitist attitude.
Since the only requirement for membership is to have an IQ in the top 2 percent, there is a widely divergent membership.
We did not think of ourselves as "gifted," and I think using that term has generally been a negative thing for children being led to believe they are special in some way that makes them entitled to something in life just because their IQ is higher than many of their schoolmates.After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.You'd be surprised at how lowly "intelligent" people often see themselves.Naturally, I also see a gift in the ability to cope with extremely hard circumstances or in knowing how to be totally alone and never despair.In my case, my teachers thought I was actually disabled when I was very little, and later they thought I was lucky and didn't deserve my high marks as I was obviously not working hard to get them, so some of them were openly hostile to me.