Supporting you in your personal & social development as a gifted person.
Finding out you are gifted is something that happens at one point in time; understanding exactly what that means for you, meeting other people like you, and finding belonging, adequate support, and encouraging social mirroring as a gifted person is a journey of a lifetime. InterGifted started as a social experiment in 2015, inviting gifted adults to gather all around the world in community and via gifted-specific coaching, mentoring, and workshops. Those of us who created InterGifted and who still work hard to support it every day are all gifted, and we know the struggle, the joys, the challenges and opportunities of being a gifted / twice-exceptional neurominority in a neuromajority world. We also know how hard it can be to find gifted-specific literature, resources and guidance about personal growth and meeting social needs. The neuromajority resources can only take us so far, and then we need direction and insight from someone who gets how our unique gifted / twice-exceptional mind works.
“Oh, you too? I thought it was just me!” For gifted adults, this feeling is the biggest relief imaginable. Growing up feeling like an alien can have extremely negative effects on the development of our sense of self. Being an adult without friends and peers who get how your mind works and why you’re so intense can be an agony beyond description. Belonging is a basic human need, for gifted people too, and belonging is a foundational factor for the construction and emergence of healthy self-esteem. That’s why we created our supportive community and specialized peer groups – to promote social belonging and the self-esteem (and incredible creative energy and personal drive) that those essentials give us. Join our community and our peer groups!
How many gifted people are desperate for a therapist, coach or mentor who gets how their unique mind works and can go at their speed, complexity and drive? So many, and if you’ve tried to find that, you know that it’s not easy. Part of our experiment has been to gather gifted coaches and mentors into a cohesive, collaborative and creative network that is easy to find and easy to work with. We have more than twenty coaches around the world who join together to support gifted adults (and kids!) in all areas of personal, professional and social development and growth. We work mostly by Skype and in many languages. You can find out about that here. If you feel you need a gifted-specific therapy referral, we offer that here.
Your unique cognitive profile.
Getting an IQ score helps you with a number, but it doesn’t tell you how you process thoughts, organize your reality, handle your emotions, or best relate to people. We developed qualitative assessments which help you answer the question not only of whether you’re gifted, but if so, how your own unique cognitive profile feels and works best for you. It’s all personalized to help you better understand yourself and take joyful action that nourishes your particular mind construction, with customized recommendations for ongoing support and personal growth. Learn about our process here.
Courses / Training.
Personal and professional development opportunities are usually geared toward the neuromajority crowd, which is made up of more linear learners and thinkers. Our coaches and leaders offer courses matched to a gifted style, speed and learning pattern. Our participants love the added benefit of getting to hang out with other gifted peers!
InterGifted’s founder Jen is also working hard to educate professionals through ongoing individual and group trainings, so that they are equipped to provide informed gifted-specific support to their gifted clients. Therapists, coaches, mentors, psychiatrists, social workers and all other helping professionals welcome.
Learn about our workshops, courses and trainings here.
Starting in 2019, we’ve created a response to the climate emergency at I Heart Earth. Also starting in 2019, we’ve partnered with our coach and collaborator Kelly Pryde to bring you The Gifted Mindfulness Collective: a series of mindfulness courses, practice spaces, retreats and mindfulness coaching for gifted people. Since 2017, we’ve partnered with our coach and collaborator Silver Huang to bring you Intrepid Integrity: an authenticity incubator program & community for gifted adults.
Raising awareness about giftedness in adulthood.
Many people falsely believe that giftedness magically disappears after childhood, or that if giftedness does exist, it just makes everything easier for the people who are gifted. We know from our own very personal experience that giftedness does follow us to adulthood, and that it definitely doesn’t make everything easier. Together as a gifted community, we are working hard to raise public awareness that giftedness in adulthood exists, and to make others aware of the specific needs of gifted people. We want to cultivate understanding, respect, support and resources for gifted adults in the larger community as well. Help us raise awareness by sharing our blog articles, purchasing our community ebooks and sharing our initiatives in your network. Thank you for your support!
InterGifted was founded by Jennifer Harvey Sallin – a psychologist, coach and mentor for gifted people. She’s supported by a team of wonderful people who help her keep our community and groups safe, uplifting and growth-oriented; who help her coordinate coaching and mentoring requests; who help her with initiatives for awareness raising; and who keep her mentally sane while she keeps up with all of our fast growth! Our personal development work is remunerated, but the large majority of our social development work and awareness-raising work is not. We keep our community fees low to maximize our reach and accessibility to all gifted people, regardless of their financial circumstances. This translates into countless hours of volunteer work on the part of many people, thus your support is appreciated. Donations are accepted at our paypal pay link (please leave us a note with your payment so we know how to thank you!). Thank you for supporting our team and our community, and helping us keep our radical gifted social experiment alive and evolving!