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Is Your Child An Old Soul Or Gifted? How To Tell The Difference

Do you have a young child who says things that make you think, how do they understand that at such a mature level? Or how would they know that; they have never done this before? Or a child who sits down at a piano at age 3 and plays a song they just heard by ear?

Old soul? Gifted? How do you tell the difference?

There are several signs that can indicate if a child is an old soul versus just being highly gifted. Here are some key differences:

Old Soul Characteristics

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Here are some characteristics of “old souls”:

Curiosity and Introspection

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Old soul children often display intense curiosity and a desire to understand the world around them. They ask deep questions and seek answers that go beyond simple explanations.

Reading and Knowledge

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They find comfort in reading and have a deep understanding of complex topics beyond their age.

Empathy and Sensitivity

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Old souls are highly empathetic and sensitive to the emotions of others. They often have a strong connection to the natural world and prefer spending time alone to recharge.

Maturity and Wisdom

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They exhibit wisdom and maturity beyond their years, often displaying a deep understanding of life’s complexities.

Unusual Interests

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Old souls may have unique interests that are not typical for their age, such as a fascination with history, philosophy, or spirituality.

Highly Gifted Characteristics

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On the other hand, here are characteristics of highly gifted children.

Academic Excellence

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Highly gifted children often excel academically, demonstrating exceptional abilities in specific subjects like math, reading, or science.

Quick Learning

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They learn quickly and easily, often grasping concepts several grade levels above their age.

Creativity and Imagination

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Gifted children often display exceptional creativity and imagination, particularly in areas like art, music, or writing.

Advanced Reasoning

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They possess advanced reasoning skills, able to rationalize and argue effectively, even at a young age.

High Energy

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Gifted children can be described as “intense” and have high energy levels, which can sometimes lead to anxiety or stress.

Key Differences

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Here are main differences between old-souls and gifted children.

Depth of Understanding

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Old souls tend to have a deeper, more spiritual understanding of the world, while highly gifted children excel in specific academic areas.

Maturity and Empathy

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Old souls often exhibit more maturity and empathy, while highly gifted children may focus more on their intellectual pursuits.

Interests and Talents

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Old souls may have unique interests and talents that are not necessarily academic, while highly gifted children often excel in traditional subjects.

The Takeaway

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By recognizing these differences, parents can better understand and support their child’s unique abilities and needs.

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  • Dede Wilson

    Dédé Wilson is a journalist with over 17 cookbooks to her name and is the co-founder and managing partner of the digital media partnership Shift Works Partners LLC, currently publishing through two online media brands, FODMAP Everyday® and The Queen Zone.

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