“I got that whole precocious thing [as a child]. I had no reason to doubt my own abilities or not share my opinion. The adults were offended, and the kids were resentful. I was persona non grata in both camps for quite a while.”
Actor Diane Lane.
Being exceptional may cause a variety of reactions; some of those responses are supportive, but others can discourage or discount people with high ability.
High Intelligence Specialist Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D. quotes a 45-year old woman on the challenges of recognizing oneself as being exceptional or gifted:
“Some saw me as a person with rare insight, others thought I was crazy. It was very hard to see it clearly. I was often confused by the variety of responses… Seeing a list of characteristics made it very clear that I was probably in the gifted range, yet it was hard to accept.”