One Personality Trait Distinguishes Gifted People From the Rest, Study Finds

openness to experiences and giftedness

Equality is a major focus of educators in today’s world, and with the proliferation of high speed Internet and social media, it’s more possible to live out our dreams in the subject, hobby or career of our choice than ever before.

Still, some people are just more naturally gifted in different ways than others,

According to, an estimated 5 to 20% of the population is “gifted,” based on the federal definition of being someone who shows “evidence of high achievement capability in areas such as intellectual, creative, artistic, or leadership capacity, or in specific academic fields, and who needs services and activities not ordinarily provided by the school in order to fully develop those capabilities.”

Since this definition was passed down, many have questioned it a being too vague, compelling 41 states to create their own definitions.

In other words, being gifted is difficult to define, especially since we are all gifted in different areas and no one human being is more important than any other along these lines.

That being said, if you’d like to give yourself, or your child a leg up heading into academic or professional endeavors, there are a few defining characteristics that set the “gifted” apart from others, including one specific defining personality trait.

Openness to Experience: The Key Personality Trait for Giftedness

According to a recent article from the website Psychology Today, the aforementioned form of giftedness is not always easy on those who possess it.

There are many pros and cons to being seen as gifted, especially among children in their peer groups, which is why there are plenty of schools dedicated to bringing gifted kids into the same environment to learn and share information and perspectives together.

“Gifted kids are often stigmatized, labeled as weird or antisocial, and are more likely to be bullied or excluded,” the article states, before going on to name the number one personality trait of those who are deemed to be gifted: openness to experience.

According to the article, one study reviewed multiple databases to find research articles looking for convergent personality traits among the gifted.

The study identified 83 factors related to giftedness in a sample of almost 8,000 people including 3,244 gifted individuals.

They found no significant differences between the gifted and non-gifted groups for agreeableness, extroversion, conscientiousness, or neuroticism.

Openness to Experience, however, was more strongly correlated with giftedness, with a “moderately strong” effect size.

Other factors including age, gender, individual study sample, and geographical location did not account for giftedness or the relationship between Openness and giftedness.

How to Nurture Your “Giftedness” Through Experiences

As the old saying goes, “Travel is the Only Thing You Can Buy That Makes You Richer,” a slogan that has been emblazoned on everything from t-shirts to hats, calendars, refrigerator magnets, bumper stickers and more in recent years.

Along those lines, traveling is one of the best things you can do to open up your mind and become more gifted in the long run, as it will expand your perspective and your horizons in life.

If you can’t travel far, doing something as simple as taking a road trip every few weeks or months at minimum can help yourself or your child unlock more of their innate mental, emotional and creative gifts as well.

Oftentimes in life, we get tied down by the mundane details and the banality of everyday life, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Some of my favorite ways to relax and open up my mind are using a balance board at home to exercise with (this simple, whisper quiet exercise platform unlocks the core and works the hips, where the PSOAs muscles, aka the “Seat of the Soul,” reside), to watch movies that are creatively inspired and make me think, to play different sports such as basketball and tennis, and to use juggling balls whenever my mind needs a quick break.

Aside from these simple tools, it goes without saying that life is meant to be lived.

There are more ways to entertain ourselves, more hobbies to invest our time in, and more fun places to explore than ever before.

Life is meant to be lived, and the more open we are to new experiences, the more likely we will be able to unlock our innate gifts.

Thanks for reading and be sure to share this article with anyone you think would benefit from this information.

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