Counseling the Gifted, Understanding and Assessing Suicide in the Gifted
By Andrew S. Mahoney, M.S., L.P.C., L.M.F.T.
“Jamison is also able to demystify the hypersensitivity of gifted persons. It has been suggested that a link between the gifted and suicide may lie in the areas of hypersensitivity, independent nature and asynchronous development, which may create internal struggles and vulnerabilities far beyond the ego capabilities of the gifted child (Hayes & Sloat, 1989; Webb, Meckstroth & Tolan, 1982). Emphasis needs to move in the direction of understanding the hypersensitivity of gifted people and providing nurturing and accepting environments for them. Based on what we know about the vulnerability of the gifted, it could be speculated that the gifted may be more susceptible to suicide.”
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