Adults can be recognized as gifted by two different means: Either they are identified as gifted during their educational years, and/or they attain recognition in adulthood for superior performance in a particular talent area. The first means of identification, in youth or in the educational years, is generally based on high performance on standardized tests and IQ tests. Gifted youth are identified for their potential future contributions and labeled as gifted to receive special educational services that will help them develop their talent. Many gifted adults experience greater degrees of job and life satisfaction than their same-age counterparts, good mental and physical health, adequate income, and often achieve at high levels constituting recognition of their previously identified potential.

The second means by which adults are classified ...

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