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"Gifted kids" 

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The reason "gifted kids" are so frequently fucked up is because being told over and over again that one is innately better than the other kids engenders partial traits of clinical narcissism in a person. Often these will include a chaotic boom and bust relationship with self-esteem and desire for praise. It has nothing to do with the actuality of being "smart" it's just toxic socialization.

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"Gifted kids" 

@bulkington Even better? When the measure of being "gifted" is basically just "how good are you at following instructions and repeating back what you're told".

"Gifted kids" 

@Griff The gift is understanding which kind of authority is going to play out the best in your future and kissing its ass. It's a talent of sorts, but not one to be overly proud of.

"Gifted kids" 

@bulkington this plus not being good at concealing the internalized idea that I was better meant that in elementary school I irreparably destroyed relationships I'd have to live with through high school. I didn't really have any social life until college

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