A Face of Gifted Identity Formation
One facet of identity formation is summed up in this quote by Author Frederick Buechner (below). Though universal to all people, he captures an issue that can be particularly difficult for gifted people, who often feel very different from an early age.
...what we hunger for perhaps more than anything else is to be known in our full humanness, and yet that is often just what we also fear more than anything else. It is important to tell at least from time to time the secret of who we truly and fully are—even if we tell it only to ourselves—because otherwise we run the risk of losing track of who we truly and fully are and little by little come to accept instead the highly edited version which we put forth in hope that the world will find it more acceptable than the real thing."