Understanding your difference
ADHD Causes - ADHD Personality and Gifted
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) has long been connected to giftedness. The gifted child with ADD or ADHD is special because of the ADHD. There are positive sides of ADD/ADHD, which are seldom written about in the mainstream media, or by the ADHD “consensus science” researchers.
The ability to hyperfocus is one of these talents ADHD people have. This is the ability of closing off the world and focussing on the task at hand in a way a “normal” person is unable to do. This might seem surprising to anyone believing ADHD is an attention deficit disorder, but the hyperfocus is the other side of the ADD coin.
There is a different way of thinking, which is not disordered, merely different, and this gives rise to those flashes of genius. Brain scans show ADD children are more in an alpha brainwave state. Alpha waves are electromagnetic oscillations in the brain during wakeful relaxation with closed eyes and on falling asleep and waking up. This is when intuitive thoughts can play unblocked structured thinking. This is the daydreaming ADD person.
What really sets the ADHD personality apart is the boredom intolerance. The ADHD child struggles to concentrate on what is experienced, as boring and repetitive, but is able to concentrate on stimulating activity. This is why there is a new term, “attention dysregulation.” This is a problem at school where everybody has to do exactly the same work. After school, if the ADHD personality is aware of their ADD/ADHD then this can be taken into consideration when planning a career.
It is generally accepted that kids with ADD are about two years behind their peers in maturing. They are slow with learning intellectual skills such as to read and doing maths. The same kids are about two to three years ahead of ther non-ADD peers in conceptual skills such as understanding principles, art or music.
Average intelectual thinking children cope well in an environment where they are told what to think. The conceptual thinker feels intellectually suffocated in that environment, as they thrive in a how to think learning environment.
Although there are children with disorders which have ADD/ADHD-like symptoms, it is not the true ADHD child (with an ADD or ADHD personality who has a disorder, it is the school system specializing in one particular type of child or learner. This is the average child. The true ADD and ADHD child should not be crushed into being average.
The entrepreneur Richard Branson chooses to do the work he is best at and pays others to do the work he is not good at. Nobody is good at everything, there are many opportunities, but we need to be aware of, accept and understand our ADD personality to make a success.
Newton, Leonardo da Vinci, Frank Lloyd Wright, Einstein and Thomas Edison were all gifted ADHD personalities.
Temperaments and Personality
A temperament is a part of a person’s personality. It is innate and pervasive and not something we should or can try and change, as the temperament makes or sets our personality. It is more than a personality trait. It is like being right-handed or left-handed. Temperament refers to those aspects of an individual's personality, such as being an introvert or an extrovert. Accepting and understanding our temperament, we can have better self-control and make lifestyle choices that are suitable for our personality. This is especially important if it explains our ADHD.
There are many classifications of personality, but none have been accepted by the general consensus in the academic world. From the four “humours” of the early Greek philosophers, we have four, eight, nine, sixteen and more different personality types.
A great many classificatory schemes for personality have been developed; none, though, has achieved general consensus in academia. One such and fairly well accepted system is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator system.
This has 16 personality types:
extrovert vs. introvert
2 Lifestyles or interaction with the world:
judging vs. perceiving
The two judging functions, thinking and feeling
The two perceiving functions, sensing and intuition
These are normally grouped as follows:
- Extravert vs. Introvert (E vs. I)
- Sensory vs. Intuitive (S vs. N)
- Thinking vs. Feeling (T vs. F)
- Judging vs. Perceiving (J vs. P)
If we look at the characteristics of extroverts such as ESTP, ENTP or ESFP we see a person who was not made to sit quietly at a desk for hours on end. This is a typical hyperactive or hyperkinetic child. The ENFP has great difficulty to stay on task. This is not a disorder, but a set of personality types.
If we take a look at the introverts, there we have typical ADD or the inattentive type ADHD. The INFP will be a scatterbrain and lose things like keys, pens and their glasses. This is the child who tunes out. Intuitive people are often distracted by their inner thoughts, especially when under-stimulated by boring schoolwork.
The INTP intuitive thinking person will most likely have many jobs, not staying too long at any employment. Typical ADD/ADHD. ADHD is more about boredom intolerance than some vague neurological disorder.
Causes of ADHD Behavior
- The gifted child. The child is bored, under-stimulated and misunderstood at school.
- Education not meeting special learning style needs in some pupils. There are seven learning styles.
- A creative mind. Daydreaming (introvert) or hyperactive (extrovert) to stimulate in an under-stimulating school environment.
- A highly intelligent child.
- Tactile or kinetic learner. The child needs to move and use his/her body to learn. “Hands on” learning.
- Auditory Learner. Has difficulty and becomes frustrated if most of the information the teacher gives in class is through writing on the board.
- Visual learner. ADHD behavior resulting from frustration at not understanding a teacher who is only lecturing.
- A visual thinker. Visual and spacial thinkers are good at abstract reasoning and problem solving, but are relatively weak in processing and sequencing auditory information.
- A lateral thinker. These children think in a different way than “normal” children do. They look at problems and will see answers that are not obvious. This child may appear distracted or daydreaming.
- An overly extrovert or overly introvert personality.
The page medical causes of ADD and ADHD is about medical disorders with ADD/ADHD symptoms. A person with ADHD symptoms as a result of a medical disorder does not have ADHD and should not get ADHD stimulant drugs. Before accepting stimulant medication, the cause of the ADHD behavior should be determined. If your doctor wants to treat the ADHD symptom before finding out the cause, you should find a doctor who understands the complexity of the ADHD syndrome.
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