Perhaps we often hear of parents who do not know what to do when having a gifted child. There are even unwilling, to the extent that if you have more choices to choose to have children “normal” course.
Apparently the parents of gifted children is affected myths about gifted children. Children who are gifted synonymous with “a difficult child, unable to communicate, which is physically weak or can not be silent, difficult to get along socially, nerdy, bespectacled boy thick, and others”.
Because of his talent sometimes seen children by parents and teachers as a problem child. Maybe this was not wrong, just different glasses, looked at from the perspective of a gifted child normal children was a mistake.
Moreover, the parents and the school did not seem ready to differences in individual children. As a result, gifted children is seen as a troubled kid, and then isolated by teachers and peers in the association.
The world should thank Lewis Terman, American psychologist, who in 1907 conducted a study of 7 children and 7 smart people less intelligent children – known as the Genius and Stupidity: A Study of the Intellectual processs of Seven and Seven Bright Stupid Boys.
In this study it was the children who are not savvy in accordance with the myth that developed, that smart kids are mentally disturbed, strange-looking and being antisocial. Subsequent studies were published in 5 books. The most popular is the second book, Galton Version, containing the personality traits of 300 geniuses in history.
Still according to Terman who break the myths hundreds of years about the negative characteristics of gifted children. Their emotional instability – according to Terman-over because of the environment, not because of talent he has. The results also showed that Terman’s gifted children are better developed physically. They are taller, healthier, and prominent in the leadership and capacity adjustment in their social environment.
Terman study results of the gifted child’s emotional stability caused by the environment, supported by various studies that questioned whether creative people are more likely to suffer from psychiatric disorders.
Myth is often heard for gifted children is “Ripe Early, Early Rot” which shows that gifted children had burned out, exhausted very early age. As if the talent is quantitative, which if used over time will run out. Terman study showed no burn-out occurs gifted children, Terman even suggested that children continue to be enhanced.