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Is there a term for being acutely "emotionally aware"? For example: a child or an adult for that matter that can be profoundly emotionally and physically affected by other's emotions. And they are equally able to take those emotions and curve their behavior to mediate the situation...almost like the child/person can create a totally different personality to control/help the situation.
Does that make sense? I know I am rambling a bit but I am just really interested to see how it relates to giftedness.

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Is there a term for being acutely "emotionally aware"? For example: a child or an adult for that matter that can be profoundly emotionally and physically affected by other's emotions. And they are equally able to take those emotions and curve their behavior to mediate the situation...almost like the child/person can create a totally different personality to control/help the situation.
Does that make sense? I know I am rambling a bit but I am just really interested to see how it relates to giftedness.
Emotional overexcitabilities is what it's called in the gifted. I think you normally think of it as being highly intuitive.

Here's a link about OEs including emotional ones, within the framework of Dabrowski's theory of positive disintegration.

http://giftedkids.about.com/od/gifte...overexcite.htm

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Does that make sense? I know I am rambling a bit but I am just really interested to see how it relates to giftedness.
DD has something like this, and DS would seem to have the opposite . Nah, that's not strictly true - he's highly attuned to the emotions of those around him but has no productive way to deal with it so he just gets blindly upset.

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Emotional intelligence is about more than just being sensitive and having empathy. It's about correctly identifying other peoples emotions, motivations, etc. It's also about knowing the best ways to respond to those feelings, so that it has a positive effect on others.

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DS would seem to have the opposite . Nah, that's not strictly true - he's highly attuned to the emotions of those around him but has no productive way to deal with it so he just gets blindly upset.
Yep - that's my DS1. And it's difficult because he sucks in every vibe around him and reflects it back - but he won't process it verbally. So I think just perception is not enough to have a good EQ. It's something we are working on...

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