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The Myth of the Anti-Social Genius: A Survey Study of the Socio-Emotional Aspects of High-IQ Individuals
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Lifelong learning/Encell.
2007 (English)In: Gifted and Talented International, ISSN 1533-2276, Vol. 22, no 2, p. 19-34Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The research on the social and socio-emotional aspects of intellectual giftedness is relatively scarce and somewhat conflicting in results. The current study therefore addressed some of these issues exploring personality traits, societal involvement, crime rates, empathy and personal relationships comparing these over different levels of intelligence (IQ). In all, 287 Mensa members (216 men, 71 women), constituting one research population, volunteered to participate (100 scoring at the 98th percentile, 167 at the 99th percentile and 20 at 100th percentile) in a survey-designed study operationalized as an Internet-based questionnaire using the SPSS Dimensions software. Data were mainly dealt with as average frequencies in the absence of normally distributed norms for comparison. Results deflate the myths of particularly the extremely gifted as psychiatrically morbid. Participants were highly empathic, tended to be responsible citizens with a flair for societal involvement and were very interested in societal development. They also share most of the personality characteristics generally ascribed to a gifted population. However, some concerns are raised about the wellbeing of the extremely gifted. Their frequent social exclusion at all levels of society is bound to have a negative affect over time, which would indeed be the case for anyone—gifted or not.

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2007. Vol. 22, no 2, p. 19-34
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High-IQ Individuals, Socio-Emotional Development, Social Fit, Empathy, Forming Relationships
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-5328OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-5328DiVA, id: diva2:36148
Available from: 2008-02-08 Created: 2008-02-08 Last updated: 2014-05-02Bibliographically approved

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