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Throughout history and in school being intellectually gifted has beenthought of as an advantage amongst the norm In reality it can be a biggerburden than expected It can be considered a burden because people willalways expect you to be at a greater level than the average person Alsothe pressures of society can have a negative effect on the gifted personAs Alfred de Musset once said How glorious it is-and how painful-to be anexception Musset 19 Giftedness 101 Most children and teenagers willnot be able to handle the balance between school and a social life Theywill either be too focused in their school life and not have any friends orbe out casting themselves because the child or teenager is too focused ontheir schoolwork Intellectual giftedness can be a blessing or a burdendepending on how one looks at it The point of this essay is to show thatnaturally being smart being nurtured into intelligence and working atintelligence are all detriments Naturally being gifted can be a detriment because at a young agechildren will be ostracized and made fun of by other people Anti-intellectualism is alive and well in our society and takes its toll on ourbrightest members McCormick Gross 19 Another reason being naturallygifted is a detriment to children is because they get bored easily Thereason a child would be bored if they were gifted would be because no oneis there to push him to strive for excellence because he is already atexcellence However in circumstances where people could eat their fillwithout worry these basic biological needs began to be satisfied so easilythat people were able literally to think about other things Muller66 This would be why children who are gifted act out in class and cannot concentrate They have too much time on their hands so they think ofeverything that is going on and they have nowhere to write these
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