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. Jennifer Harvey Sallin started InterGifted 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. Since then it has grown to include over 1,000 gifted and twice-/multi-exceptional peers around the world.
“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!
Gifted-specific personal development.
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 need a gifted-specific therapy referral or other gifted-specific mental health support, we offer that here.
Your unique gifted 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.
Workshops / 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 workshops and 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. See more on these projects below.
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!
Jen is supported by a team of wonderful people who help her keep InterGifted’s 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! Learn more about us here.
As Jen has written in her article, Climate Emergency, Childhood Trauma & Finding My Contribution, she has been very affected by the climate emergency situation (as we all are). As a response, she has partnered with her collaborator Karin Eglintonin and initiative for the climate response. Through education, videos, talks, group meditations, and community, we gather together to understand how to process our grief and shock, mobilize our resources, and make a positive difference toward the systemic change that is needed now.
Via InterGifted, Jen has partnered with Dr. Kelly Pryde to create The Gifted Mindfulness Collective: a community and series of mindfulness-based courses, practice spaces, retreats, mindfulness coaching and other events to support gifted adults in gaining insight into and transforming their unique inner experience via mindfulness. Learn more about us and our upcoming courses & community at www.giftedmindfulness.com, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @giftedmindfulness.
You may enjoy reading Kelly’s article on InterGifted’s blog: Mindfulness on the Path of Gifted Development. And you can sit down with Kelly and Jen in this chat about why mindfulness is meaningful for gifted people and what the Gifted Mindfulness Collective aims to contribute to the domain.
Since 2017, via InterGifted, Jen has partnered with Silver Huang to run an authenticity incubator for gifted adults. It’s a 12-week program for dedicated adults who want to explore their authentic expression as a gifted person, via writing or creative expression, in the safety of a closed, committed cohort. The program includes a community forum, a personalized online creative-expression ‘workshop’ space, group coaching sessions, plenty of interaction between members (feedback, encouragement, mirroring), and dedicated facilitation, guidance, and mentoring from Silver. Our next cohort will run in 2020. Visit www.intrepidintegrity.com to learn more about the project, stay updated on upcoming cohorts, and to get on the waiting list for our next offering. Individual gifted coaching sessions (and giftedness assessments) are available with Silver at any time.
You may enjoy reading Silver’s article on InterGifted’s blog: Giftedness & Authenticity. And you can sit down with Silver and Jen in this chat about the particular challenges of the gifted adult in cultivating authenticity and how Intrepid Integrity aims to support this population in overcoming those challenges.