Does your child have HPI or high intellectual potential? Beware of cheating …

Many children are classified as HPI by unscrupulous experts. A frequent misdiagnosis, which is appropriate for some parents.

Diagnosis of a premature baby. (@ Belga image)

It would seem that we all know the parents of an HPI child or even an HPI person. These are the acronyms for “high intellectual potential”, a qualification that seems to be growing, especially among children. On the Internet, on television (the huge success of HPI, TF1) or in bookstores, people talk about it everywhere. The subject challenges and fascinates.

However, as Liberation explains, there are not so many people who qualify for this qualification, only 2 out of 100.

What is a person with high intellectual capacity?

An HPI person, sometimes referred to as HQI (for “quotient”) or even a zebra, formerly called a genius or immature person, meaning someone with an above average intellectual ability. If there are many different terms for the same profile, the reason is that there is also discussion around a proper definition.

Typically, they have a very high score on the intelligence quotient test, often more than 130. A score that reaches only 2% of the population. So nowadays it is not normal to think so much.

Why are there so many HPI people today?

The first is because some people self-declare HPI or describe their child without scientific analysis. Especially through books.

According to Liberation, some of the best sellers everywhere have contributed to the development of HPI. Especially Too happy to be happy By Jeanne Siaud-Facchin (Odile Jacob, 2008), I think too much By Christel Petitcollin (Guy Trédaniel, 2010) or even Talented adult By Monique de Kermadec (Albin Michel, 2011)

Many readers have identified themselves or their children in the descriptions provided by these books. Enough in any case to allow these psychologists and trainers (the second one is a trainer in personal development) to give a sell-out conference.

Then, because certain companies and other experts take advantage of the phenomenon. IQ test providers, of course, but coaches without valid or relevant training, sometimes unprincipled psychologists.

How to explain this fact?

Nathalie Clobert, Clinical Psychologist, often sees children and adults HPI classified. More and more often, they have been classified as such a rush. “We understand that, at times, the criteria adopted for speaking of high probability are far from scientific consensus.“, He explains.

The HPI label can be seen as a reassuring response. But if the high probability event can contribute to the feeling of backwardness, this is not the only explanation for the hardship, which is often to be found elsewhere. This is especially true of hypersensitivity or difficulty managing mental health, which is not a specific feature of HPI, as opposed to what ordinary people believe.

In fact, we often stick the HPI label too quickly on social or behavioral issues, in situations of emotional discomfort. However, studies do not necessarily indicate that high probability and socio-emotional difficulties go away automatically.

Presenting yourself as possessing high intellectual potential is more rewarding and protective for your self-image than a mental or psychological problem.“, Comments Nathalie Clobert.”To address this question of pain, it is best to take a therapeutic approach – psychotherapy, psychological support or even, when needed, mental care with medication.

Excessive reliance on IQ testing

Dr. Fanny Nussbaum Paganetti, a neuroscientist in psychology and intelligence, offers another explanation for this phenomenon: the IQ test itself is seen as sacred evidence of high potential.

It is a lie to say that we have 130 IQs from that moment“, He insists.”What my expert colleagues have not said about this is that year after year, IQ tests have a 70% accuracy rate. In other words, a person can have 130, then go back to it and be 110.

In fact, an IQ test gives one result at a time. According to Dr. Nussbaum Paganetti, HPI or “Philosophical“, A preferred word, requires a cognitive and behavioral assessment of intellectual capacity.

A philocognitive is someone who has higher reasoning skills, it is nothing more than that“, He shouted.”And shrinking means training people to understand, it is our job to find out if someone has high potential by asking questions and observing them. Again, this is not the man that needs to be questioned, this is the investment that we have put to this test.

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