Characteristics of Giftedness in Adults

Linda Silverman has developed the following questions to identify gifted adults, building on the characteristics of giftedness in children, as quoted by Barbara Gilman, 2008.

  • Are you a good problem solver?
  • Do you understand new ideas quickly?
  • Do you have an extensive vocabulary?
  • Do you have a good long-term memory?
  • Can you concentrate for long periods of time?
  • Are you highly sensitive?
  • Are you unusually compassionate?
  • Are you a perfectionist?
  • Do you have passionate, intense feelings?
  • Do you have strong moral convictions?
  • Are you very curious?
  • Do you persevere with your interests?
  • Do you have a great deal of energy?
  • Do you often feel out-of-sync with others?
  • Do you feel overwhelmed by many interests or abilities?
  • Do you have an extraordinary sense of humour?
  • Are you an avid reader?
  • Do you often take a stand against injustice?
  • As a child, were you considered mature for your age?
  • Are you a keen observer?
  • Do you have a vivid imagination?
  • Do you feel driven by your creativity?
  • Do you often question authority?
  • Do you have facility with numbers?
  • Do you spend time doing puzzles?
  • Do you love ardent discussions?
  • Are you perceptive or insightful?
  • Do you have organized collections?
  • Do you need periods of contemplation?
  • Do you often connect seemingly unrelated ideas?
  • Do you thrive on challenge?
  • Do you often search for meaning in your life?
  • Are you fascinated with paradoxes?
  • Do you have extraordinary abilities and deficits?
  • Are you often aware of things that others are not?
  • Do you set high standards or goals for yourself?
  • Do you have unusual ideas or perceptions?
  • Are you a complex person?