High, Exceptional & Profoundly Gifted (HEPG) Group
Giftedness is averaged to make up well less than 5% of the general population, and within that small number, there are subclassifications: mild, moderate, high, exceptional and profound giftedness. The latter three types make up only a very small portion of that less than 5%. The relatively little attention that is given to the experience and cognition of the highly, exceptionally or profoundly gifted is proportionally consistent with the incidence of the phenomena, but the unfortunate result is that the net is cast wide in the existing literature, services, and connection opportunities for gifted people. With various levels and concepts of “giftedness” often grouped together into a one-size-fits-all description, the highly, exceptionally and profoundly gifted are misrepresented in important ways. If you don’t know whether you are highly, exceptionally or profoundly gifted, or simply want to learn more about it, you can read more about it in an article on my blog.
We all know that a mildly or moderately gifted person can feel a strong sense of being an “alien” in a group of non-gifted people; so too can a highly, exceptionally or profoundly gifted person feel a strong sense of being an “alien” in a group of mildly or moderately gifted people (the same is true between profoundly and highly gifted too, and so on). I’ve started this peer group so that highly, exceptionally and profoundly gifted people around the world can have access to one another for mutual support, co-creativity, and speedy discussions!
Who am I?
I’m Jen, the founding director of InterGifted, co-founder of Rediscovering Yourself and cocreator of I Heart Earth, trainer & mentor for support professionals who work with gifted people, coach/mentor for profoundly gifted adults, writer on giftedness, and all-around advocate for gifted people around the world. The HEPG question is one that hits home for me, and I share the need for very speedy and meta-thinking peers, so I’m looking very forward to connecting with you!
Goals & Logistics
I created this group to help connect highly, exceptionally and profoundly gifted people throughout the world. It is a supportive group, where we can feel free to discuss challenging or inspiring themes and questions in our life as they relate to our giftedness, or any other life domain. We most often, but not exclusively, connect on personal growth matters. Our main connection platform is a secret Facebook group, but we also have group calls, and many of our members connect outside of the Facebook group as well to support each other, collaborate together or otherwise benefit from each other’s presence. There is a lot of creative space in our group to take up initiatives, suggest meetings, or otherwise peer-lead. We evolve quickly as individuals, so that natural pattern is represented in our group as well. We often have active temporary leaders in our group, leading various discussions or initiatives, and we always have an active group of leaders ensuring that the space stays constructive and generative for wherever you find yourself on your self-development journey as an HEPG adult.
Who can participate?
Our members include anyone who identifies as highly, exceptionally, or profoundly gifted. Read more here if you are unsure; if you are still unsure after reading the article, consider scheduling an assessment with me or with my collaborator Silver. Our aim for the group (as within InterGifted as a whole) is positive connection, mutual support and opportunities for cocreativity amongst HEPG people; if you fit the category and agree with that mission, join us!
How much does it cost?
There is a one-time entry fee of 150 Swiss Francs. This fee covers a bit of our administration time and supports InterGifted’s mission.
If you’d like to join us, send us an email with a bit about yourself and your background, and why you’d like to be a part of our group.