Eating away at our confidence are the slugs of negativity defined as anxiety and arrogance, a feeling of being out of place or being better than others.

Confidence when it becomes arrogance is negative.  It creates inflated self-belief, ego, and blocks the learner from respecting and heeding other learners. Arrogance is being closed-minded.

Anxiety is described as the feeling when you nearly miss a step going down a stairwell.  Anxiety comes in many forms: worry, stress, sleeplessness, panic attacks, tension, lethargy.  Anxious learners have troubles that stretch across all ability-levels.

Educators need to understand gifted learners are just as prone to anxiety as are those who struggle.

For some gifted learners the blank empty white page causes panic as perfection can be debilitating.