Gifted Children and Unhappiness

Tolan in Webb, Meckstroth, and Tolan, Guiding the Gifted Child, 226

What accounts for the observation that most exceptionally gifted children are unhappy?  It is apparently not a mistaken observation — research shows that while the 130-140 range gifted child is likely to be unusually stable, happy, competent and outwardly successful, the 150+ child is likely to have emotional problems ranging from minor to severe…These children are forced to live in a society for which they aren’t suited.  They don’t “fit” their culture.  They don’t fit the expectations of others.  In particular, they don’t fit school, usually a rigid environment in which they spend a large portion of their waking hours.

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