The characteristics of gifted children that help them learn can also have negative implications.  This is one of the challenges for parents and educators, as well as for the students themselves.

For example, a student that learns rapidly may also bore easily and act out to entertain himself or herself.  A perfectionist may be intolerant of other’s mistakes. An imaginative gifted child may be perceived as “out there” or disorganized, while a self-confident and independent learner may not respect authority. Gifted children that are highly sensitive may incorrectly be perceived as immature if their emotions are stirred by a deeper understanding of a situation than the average child. 

For more information, the book Living with Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and the Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults, by Susan Daniels and Michael M. Piechowski and the website Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) are good places to start.