The Problem of Attention, Part Three: Creativity in the Raw

Creativity insists on being heard. This is the dilemma of the gifted child: parents and teachers require attention, yet the Muse is louder.

The problem is compounded by the form in which the Muse first speaks: raw energy. Waves of distraction, carrying off the child’s focus like a twig in a torrent, are the earliest symptom of creativity. If nobody in the child’s life realizes this, the misunderstanding can continue for years, with trouble as the primary result.


About Rebecca Hein

Author of A Case Of Brilliance, her memoir of her discovery that her two children are profoundly gifted
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