Common Characteristics of Exceptionally Gifted Individuals

  • Extraordinary speed in information processing.
  • Rapid and thorough comprehension of the whole idea of concept.
  • An unusual ability to perceive essential elements and underlying structures and patterns in relationships and ideas.
  • Need for precision in thinking and expression, resulting in need to correct errors and argue extensively.
  • Ability to relate a broad range of ideas and synthesize commonalities among them.
  • High degree of ability to think abstractly that develops early.
  • Appreciation of complexity.
  • Ability to learn in an integrative, intuitively nonlinear manner.
  • Extraordinary degree of intellectual curiosity.
  • Unusual capacity for memory.
  • Long concentration span.
  • Fascination with ideas and words.
  • Extensive vocabulary.
  • Ability to perceive many sides of an issue.
  • Argumentativeness.
  • Advanced visual and motor skills.
  • Ability from an early age to think in metaphors and symbols.
  • Ability to visualize models and systems.
  • Ability to learn in great intuitive leaps.
  • Highly idiosyncratic interpretations of events.
  • Awareness of detail.
  • Unusual intensity and depth of feeling.
  • High degree of emotional sensitivity.
  • Highly developed morals and ethics and early concern for moral and existential issues.
  • Unusual and early insight into social and moral issues.
  • Ability to empathetically understand and relate to ideas and other people.
  • Extraordinarily high energy level.
  • Need for the world to be logical and fair.
  • Conviction of correctness or personal ideas and beliefs.
(Clark, 2002, p. 65)