Giftedness, trauma, and polyvagal theory

There might be similar causes for giftedness, autism, adult neurological disease, and trauma. 

I’m starting to think some genetically/epigenetically sensitive people are more prone to trauma from “everyday” life events, such as birth interventions, family stress, and life stress. Moreover, sensitive people tend to have more difficulties in life, which can then be traumatic and further increase trauma in a vicious cycle. 

These people can also be more likely to be highly gifted, perhaps from elevated glutamate/GABA levels, which could be involved in memory. Amy Yasko talks about theories of high intelligence in people on the autism spectrum and the association of intelligence and autism. 

Anecdotally, many gifted people I know experience autism spectrum problems, with the degree of problems seemingly related to the degree of giftedness. Many of them also deal with fatigue, OCD, and other problems. I suspect that many have MTHFR and other methylation mutations. 

This correlation could help to account for the observation that highly gifted people, beyond 145 IQ or so, tend to under-perform career-wise and tend to have health problems and “not reach their potential.”

Given that polyvagal theory seems to relate to trauma and autism, could it also help people who are gifted but haven’t necessarily identified with trauma or autism yet?

Understanding polyvagal theory might help us to learn how to get the nervous system into better states:

Here are some comments on mercury toxicity and intelligence:

It is also possible that gifted people are more sensitive to heavy metals, again perhaps due to extra excitatory neurotransmitters? 

Then that raises the question of whether trauma therapy would decrease intelligence.

Here is my observation:

I used to have a very quick, flighty way that I appeared in videos. I recognized the same type of activity in John Lennon, who was extremely bright and probably had trauma (he worked with Arthur Janov on primal therapy, basically a form of trauma processing, and Janov said Lennon had a lot to work on). I also noticed it in a lot of other highly intelligent people. It was a way that people seemed to flit from one thought to the next, and a series of facial expressions or movements would happen very quickly.

When I really got my trauma therapy progressing, however, I stopped looking like this. It changed for me about 2-3 months into trauma processing. 

The further I go with trauma processing, the more normal I look in videos. and the less intelligent I look.


In terms of intelligence, trauma processing does not seem to have decreased it. Healing my neuroinflammatory condition does seem to help my intelligence, and the more I heal and detoxify with methylation support, the more I am able to think around issues and think ahead in ways that I hadn’t realized before that I was omitting. 

But I am not as driven or sprietly anymore. and I am more content to be normal. 



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