The narratives and interviews included in this book provide readers with insights on how culturally diverse gifted adults interpret growing up as gifted children; how they navigate careers, family life, and other challenges related to high intellectual abilities; and how they perceive the lifelong gifted identification. Without prompting we ask, from their perspectives, did childhood opportunities in prestigious gifted and talented programs and the gifted identification make a difference in adulthood? The diverse perspectives represented in this book include a range of demographic categories: racially, ethnically, and regionally (our chapter contributors are Black, White, Mexican, Spaniard, South Asian (India) British and Caribbean). They are gifted parents, parents of gifted children and gifted with a disability. Their careers run the gamut from medical doctors, university professors to entrepreneur artistic expression. Now as adults, the authors discuss the burden of enlightening co-workers, colleagues and others on unique characteristics of highly gifted individuals.
How do people identified as gifted respond to being labeled as such? Does it help, hinder, or have little or no impact? And does it matter if the person is culturally diverse and underrepresented as a gifted individual?
The editors answer those questions with personal narratives of fifteen adults who have navigated through life with this gifted identity. Representing a broad spectrum of racial, ethnic, and regional backgrounds, the adult contributors describe in detail what it is like owning the gifted identity throughout one’s life.