Gifted Sibling Rivalry and Bullying: Part 2

Deborah Ruf, PhD
10 min readJun 13, 2024

What the now-adult gifted siblings tell us themselves

This post presents quotes from some of the now-adult gifted children from The 5 Levels of Gifted Children Grown Up: What They Tell Us (2023) book study results. Because I considered many factors surrounding the views of the subjects and their family members, I’ve used those factors to help readers also see the impact those factors, too, might have. To aid in interpretation, I’ve included several tables at the end of the narrative sections that you can print out and use as helpful references.

Kirk Peterson

Kirk, who is a moderately to highly gifted Level One (although as he got out on his own and found his own wings, so to speak, he is acting more like a Level Two or Three as an adult), 1 has both an older and a younger brother. His older brother is an exceptionally to profoundly gifted Level Four while the younger brother is more like Kirk in intellect. Kirk’s type preference in childhood was IUTJ (Scientist/ Duty Fulfiller) while his older brother’s was INTP (Thinker) as a child and ENTJ (Executive, 2.7%) as an adult. The older boys are close in age and had less interaction with the youngest brother due to a larger age difference. The parents decided to homeschool all three children, and the differences in intellectual ability between the elder two boys quickly…

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Deborah Ruf, PhD

High Intelligence Specialist & Writer, Dr. Ruf writes about highly intelligent people from birth to very old age. www.fivelevelsofgifted.com