As noted, thinking is a favorite pursuit of gifted children, one that takes their minds away from class activities and sometimes the whole curriculum. And if thinking is a problem, complex thinking is even more so.
The complex thinker loses himself in a maze of fascinating possibilities, all inside his head, and to get the attention of a child like this is a major feat. Typically this success doesn’t last long, either, because the magnetic pull of hundreds of ideas is so much stronger than any outside influence.
So the young complex thinker, often caught between internal and external demands, struggles with basic tasks like brushing teeth or getting to breakfast on time. In addition, even if he has the freedom to explore his voluminous thoughts, his progress on almost any project will be slow because he’s working on too many concepts and possibilities at once.