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This blog gives a voice to gifted people: from the (very) recognised expert to the gifted adult who has just discovered it! Through my Gifted interview, women and men share their experiences and perspectives on their difference. The aim? Demystify, inspire and thrive in being gifted!

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Gifted Interview #25 | Emilie Vion

Gloria Jensen: The most difficult thing about Giftedness?

Emilie Vion: “The difficulty to turn off your brain. Always being in constant questioning and bubbling, I am often afraid of going into overdrive. That’s what I find most difficult to deal with personally.”

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Gifted Interview #24 | Anthony Gonnet Vandepoorte

Gloria Jensen: What you allow yourself since you know you are gifted?

Anthony Gonnet Vandepoorte: “When I feel that too many things are starting to clash in my mind, that I don’t have a clear idea and that my brain is clogged with hundreds of information, I unplug everything to simply go for a walk. The simple fact of getting some fresh air for an hour or two allows me to release all the tension accumulated due to a lack of efficiency on various tasks. When I get to the “too full” point, rather than cracking up futilely, I allow myself to practice other activities like abstract painting, ideation, seeing friends, etc.”

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Gifted Interview #23 | Bénédicte Braud

Gloria Jensen: What do you recommend to a person who is wondering if she or he is gifted?

Bénédicte Braud: Take the test. It is the only way to remove this questioning. And above all, do not perceive it as a success or a failure. Is someone born in October disappointed that he or she was not born in January? It’s not an accomplishment, it’s just a fact. Knowing this will lead to answers, but if it’s not, then it will lead to looking for those answers elsewhere.

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Gifted Interview #22 | Vincent Lahouze

Gloria Jensen: A representation to be question?

Vincent Lahouze: Giftedness is not a disease, it does not mean that we are the best in the class, that intelligence of the heart is not always intelligence of the brain!

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Gifted Interview #21 | Licka Sarr

Gloria Jensen: What do you allow yourself since you validated your Giftedne?

Licka Sarr: I allow myself to create, to flutter. I allow myself to trust that it is by spreading myself thin that I build precisely. I allow myself to distance myself from certain people because I am comforted by my possible incompatibility and my inability to maintain superfluous relationships.

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Gifted Interview #20 | Rétrospective 2021

19 views of gifted men and women to understand and explore neurodiversity in its plurality! The Gifted Interview is celebrating its first year since its creation by Gloria Jensen in February 2020. It’s the occasion to have a nice retrospective of the nuggets. A big thank you to the interviewees and to you, the reader!

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Gifted Interview #19 | Guillaume Macczak

Gloria Jensen: How did it change your life to know you were gifted?

Guillaume Macczak: (…) It really made me wonder how others functioned. To try to understand what was different.

Gloria Jensen: What you allow yourself since then?

Guillaume Macczak: Clearly to follow my intuition more and to say to myself that the fact of arriving more quickly at a conclusion is not due to laxity.

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Gifted Interview #18 | Audrey Bouquet

Gloria Jensen: How did it change your life to know that?

Audrey Bouquet: (…) I now have a life that reflects me. I was 40 years in search mode. I knew that something was wrong and I attributed my discrepancy with others as pathological. Knowledge makes non-standard characteristics “normal”. Giftedness is not a disease and that changes everything! Now when someone tells me I’m weird, I thank them for the compliment.

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Gifted Interview #17 | Pierre Stanghellini

Gloria Jensen: The mistake not to make for a gifted person?

Pierre Stanghellini: Trying to behave like a normal person. And finally to ape an attitude in order to blend in with the mass. In the short term this can help, in the long term it is deadly.

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Gifted Interview #16 | Ema Perey

Gloria Jensen: How long have you known you were gifted?

Ema Perey: (…) Since always unconsciously. We all know it inside, unconsciously.

Gloria Jensen: What have you allowed yourself since then?

Ema Perey: To become who I am.

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Gifted Interview #15 | Robert

Gloria Jensen: How has it changed your life to know you are gifted?

Robert: I have never lived it better than since I accepted it. Understanding for me is an essential thing. Accepting my giftedness has made me understand so many things. I have gained 20 years of psychoanalysis that I would never do.

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Gifted Interview #14 | Aliénor Rouffet

Gloria Jensen: What would you like to say to people who are not gifted?

Aliénor Rouffet: That we all have an immense potential, active or dormant, no matter in which box it is placed or what stamp is put on it. I don’t believe that the stamp of an IQ number determines the potential of people.

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Gifted Interview #13 | Thibault

Gloria Jensen: A representation that you want to question?

Thibault: The image of superiority in the term that leads people to revolt more than anything else.

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Gifted Interview #12 | Fanny Vella

Gloria Jensen: How has it changed your life?

Fanny Vella: “One of the most obvious things is that I don’t struggle anymore to fit into a mold that doesn’t suit me, I accept more and more my alien side even if it’s not easy every day to mourn the one I thought I was to leave more space for the one I really am.”

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Gifted Interview #11 | Hervé Ferro

Gloria Jensen: a Gifted professional advice?

Hervé Ferro: “Make sure that you do something that corresponds not only to your aspirations but also to your talents. Sooner or later, these subjects will come to torment you if they do not.

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Gifted Interview #10 | Catherine Régnier

Gloria Jensen: What does being gifted mean to you?

Catherine Régnier: If we take Dabrowski’s approach that I like, the gifted are more prone to 5 forms of overexcitabilities: motor, sensory, emotional, intellectual and imaginative. Whether it is a question of frequency, duration and/or intensity.

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Gifted Interview #9 | José Colleatte

Gloria Jensen: What phases did you go through with your Giftedness?

José Colleatte: The way I perceive things, seen from today, is a permanent quest for what is true, for THE truth, before initiating a path towards the very questioning of the truth (…).

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Gifted Interview #8 | Cévany

Gloria Jensen: What would you like to highlight about giftedness?

Cévany: There are several forms of giftedness, the complex ones and the laminar ones. And it is possible to be Gifted without being highly sensitive. And despite these different characteristics we are all really different.

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Gifted Interview #7 | Alexis Crépel

Gloria Jensen: What is a common misconception about Giftedness?

Alexis Crépel: The gifted person who succeeds in everything, very quickly and is capable of great feats. This may be true for some but it is not the case for all, far from it, and unfortunately it often generates a lot of complexes and self-rejection, both for gifted people who discover themselves and for gifted people who were going to discover this aspect and who will lose years by deviating from their own encounter.

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Gifted Interview #6 | Lara Smith

Gloria Jensen: If you could choose, would you be gifted?

Lara Smith: Yes. When I was little, I thought “how great must it be to be gifted!!!” without ever realizing that I was!

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