How to Face Bad Dreams – for Highly Sensitive or Gifted Children & Adults

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Not long ago, two sensitive, gifted children came in on the same day telling me some recent bad dreams.  These were intense sessions. It was hard for them to tell their bad/scary dreams. Their moms were also worried about what these dreams might reveal – about their child’s psyches, about their parenting, about what the dreams might mean. Bad, scary dreams are hard for anyone to deal with, especially children. And when you add sensitivity and intensity into the mix, well, strap on your boots, we’re getting serious here! We did unravel these dreams, and their possible meanings. I helped …

Pandora’s Box of Emotions

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As you may recall, the myth of Pandora’s Box involved a Forbidden Box which was not supposed to be opened, but of course WAS opened, and then unleashed Evil . . . . and finally, Hope.  We each have similar boxes; ours are often boxes of emotions. I remember standing with my father in his home office when I was a young adult. We were talking about life, and coping with emotions. I told him that getting in touch with my emotions had not helped me feel better at all! Instead, getting in touch with my emotions was making me …

7 Tools to Help Your Creative, Sensitive or Gifted Child Build Confidence

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Robert and Sue, parents of 9 year old Ethan  and 6 year old  Olivia (not their real names) recently asked me how to help their creative, sensitive, gifted children build confidence and experience less fear and avoidance in new or difficult situations. As many creative, highly sensitive or gifted children (AKA CASIGYs) do, they would often pull back from new or challenging situations. He or she would claim to be shy, say she has a headache, or he has a stomach ache or some other physical symptom in order to get out of doing whatever it was that they didn’t …

ACES Gifted Teens Summer Program

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Summer Help for Your Gifted Teens’ Social Emotional Needs School’s out – hooray!  With the school year over for some, or almost over for others, you as the parent of a gifted teen may be giving a sigh of relief. Or you may be already thinking about next school year, wondering how you can find summer help for your gifted teens’ social emotional needs this summer so next year isn’t so painful for them. Gifted teens don’t have more social or emotional problems than other teens do, but they often have different ones. So finding help for them can be challenging. …

Creative Coping skills -Identifying and Honoring our Limits

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Six year old sensitive, gifted, creative Jennie wants to take yoga, karate, piano, guitar, gymnastics, robotics, and more; she melts down at the mention of there being limits of her energy, time and her parent’s money. Her parents know it will be a disaster if they sign her up for all of these activities. But if they don’t, they also know they will face many, many emotional outbursts over this. John, 46 years old and also sensitive, creative and gifted, goes to graduate school full time, works full time and is married with 3 children. He also is on the …

CASIGY Coping Tools-Steps 5, 6, 7

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Here’s More CASIGY™ Coping Tools This continues Strategy #4 in the series, “7 Strategies to Cope With the Differences of Being a Creative, Highly Sensitive or Gifted Person”. We’ve been talking about CASIGY coping tools (CASIGY™ = Creative, Acutely Aware, Super-Sensitive and/or Gifted You-s). CASIGY coping tools are ones that are suited to your creativity, sensitivity, intensity and intelligence.   In my previous blog post of this series, I introduced the Personal Power Pyramid, a collection of CASIGY coping tools. They help CASIGYs develop Emotional Resilience and build Emotional Core Strength™.   In that post, we then discussed the first 4 …

For HSP & GT Youth: Do Intense Emotions Mean I have a Mental Disorder?

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Here’s a post to share with your HSP or Gifted Kids and Teens: A high school senior recently told me,  “I think I must have some mental disorder.  I’ve been searching online since I was in middle school to find out what it is.”  As we talked, it became clear that intense emotions were the source of this big concern. “I wish I had heard this when I was in middle school” a high school senior told me a few weeks ago, at the end of a talk I gave to highly sensitive and gifted students and their parents. “It …