Today we are revisiting a Davidson Gifted Database Q&A with Dr. Thomas S. Greenspon, a psychologist and author nationally known for his work with gifted students. He has authored professional and popular articles and two books on the origins of, and recovery from, perfectionism. View the full article here.Since educators work with
a variety of personalities, we want to discuss a personality trait which can
affect a gifted student positively or negatively depending on how it is expressed -
perfectionism. Someone who exhibits perfectionism compulsively strives for
flawlessness and sets excessively high performance standards. Although it is wonderful
to have highly gifted students who strive for excellence, the effects of perfectionism can be disabling.
This Q&A session with Dr. Greenspon discusses perfectionism and how educators
can work with student to turn this characteristic from disabling to enabling.
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Profoundly gifted students are those who score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ and achievement tests. Read more about this population in this article.