Gifted children are typically whole in their attention when their interest is engaged. They don’t often suffer from the adult tendency to stand aside from an activity, observing their work while they are also performing it. Thus, at their deepest moments of focus, they are not divided.
Sooner or later this enviable state produces best-ever creative work, and adult artists crave it, seek it, and know that too often it is a chimera. What happens during or after childhood to destroy that natural state of focus, and how can we prevent this loss in our children?