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13 - Are Brilliant People More Likely Trans?
Episode 135th March 2021 • Gender: A Wider Lens Podcast • Stella O'Malley & Sasha Ayad
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Gifted and exceptional children seem more inclined to gender nonconformity and they represent a significant proportion of the ROGD teens discussed in Dr. Littman’s research. Sasha and Stella explore why there may be a link between brilliance and transgender identity.


Extended Notes

  • How do the Irish reward/acknowledge/talk about “exceptional learners” and gifted individuals?
  • Educated American parents want to know how gifted their children really are.
  • Children who are exceptionally gifted will be placed in a different learning program to help them accelerate.
  • Kids can get set up with the expectation that they’re going to be exceptional all the time, and that leads to a lot of disappointment in life.
  • Why are gender dysphoria and “giftedness” linked?
  • How do you define a “gifted” person?
  • Sasha believes a lot of gifted people really struggle with depression in their teenage years as they see all their peers having fun and they “just can’t relate.”
  • It’s very lonely being intelligent.
  • Intense kids crave really deep relationships and are dissatisfied by superficial relationships that are very common during the teenage years.
  • Stella has noticed that a lot of teens aren’t “that into” music anymore. It used to be a huge part of her identity when she was growing up.
  • If you have a growth mindset, you’re able to handle failure much easily.
  • Everyone in life is “in a process.” Nobody starts out great.
  • Do you have a fear of failure? It's a very common experience!
  • Companies are savvy and they want you to get excited, emotionally, so that there’s more engagement on their platforms.
  • It’s common for teenagers to have a big sense of imaginability, but these can really go “off the rails,” so to speak, with brilliantly gifted kids.
  • What’s concerning is children taking on more video games instead of going outside and being physical to expend all that energy. It impacts your health and your brain.
  • Life is safer for our children today than ever before, but at what cost?
  • If you’re not pushing your body beyond its limits, what’s next? You’re pushing your brain and you’ll seek more and more dangerous behavior online.
  • In gifted education, there is a desire to discover new ideas and gender identity is so cutting edge.

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