Giftedness, creativity, and wisdom
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Giftedness in childhood, creativity in adulthood, and wisdom in later life are the rubrics under which psychologists have studied a variety of types of outstanding achievements across the lifespan. Giftedness, creativity, and wisdom all involve more than just a high level of analytic intelligence as assessed by traditional IQ tests. Gifted children are not just very bright. They have outstanding talent and may, for example, play musical instruments exceptionally well or perform complex mathematics from their preschool years with minimal training (Pfeiffer,
2008; Sternberg & Davidson, 2005). Creative adults, too, are more than just intelligent (Kaufman & Sternberg, 2010). They break new ground and defy the conventions of their disciple through scientifi c discovery or by producing outstanding works of art. Wise people, like the biblical sage, Solomon, make exceptionally sound judgements in a calm manner about highly complex social dilemmas using deep understanding, broad experience, and profound compassion (Sternberg & Jordan, 2005). Giftedness, creativity, and wisdom are all personal strengths that have the potential to lead to positive outcomes for ourselves and others.