Gifted. Genius. Early. And in recent years, a new term: HPI, to refer to an IQ of more than 130. This affects only 2.3% of the French population, according to epidemiological studies.
And yet today, the High Intellectual Potential is invited everywhere. On the Internet: //, on Facebook Groups, Blogs… In bookstores, too, the HPI is becoming a fad. Among the best-selling books on the subject are, in particular, those of the psychologist Jeanne Siaud-Facchin. Why some parents decide to push the door of his Parisian office.
I didn’t feel very well in general. I was very anxiousInès, 11, detected HPI
There we met 11-year-old Ines, who had just been diagnosed with HPI. She tells us: “I didn’t feel very well in general. I had a lot of anxiety, especially in the evening”. Her mother abounds in explaining that she had questions about a “depressed state,” she wondered, “exploring clues,” while being a little destitute. “In any case, this result reassured usshe concludes.
For this HPI test, this mom had to pay 98 euros for a first consultation, 410 euros for the IQ test, 98 euros for a report, and finally, 88 euros for a family guidance consultation. Understand: Learn how to handle this HPI diagnosis. In total: almost 700 euros.
Sensitivity in an HPI, the world needs it to grasp the invisible, to understand the implicitJeanne Siaud-Facchin, psychologist
But what is this diagnosis based on? In addition to the conventional IQ test, recognized by the scientific community, Jeanne Siaud-Facchin, a clinical psychologist, combines a sensitivity test, the Z test of Zulliger which is to interpret these tasks. It has become his specialty. She assures us: “We can’t do general psychology at all, we really have to do hand-stitching. Heart-stitching with them. sensitivity, and sensitivity, is something the world needs to grasp the invisible, to understand the implicit. “
His formula is successful. Jeanne Siaud-Facchin even made a mark on it. She founded the Cogito’z Centers in 2003. There are now 7 in France, and soon 4 abroad.
But some former patients are ringing the alarm bell. They claim to have been fooled and denounce what they call “a business”. Like the 40-year-old who was diagnosed with HPI when she had an autistic disorder, she said.I had been in therapy for years and I didn’t understand why I was so different from the others. So I was looking for answers. So I went to Cogito’z. I was hoping for a complete neuropsychology assessment, to explore the specifics that could have shown autism. In fact, what I am being offered is only an IQ test that reveals that I am HPI. they stop at the HPI diagnosis because it is an easy-to-hear diagnosis and behind it they may be able to offer guidance. It’s known in these centers, there’s a whole bunch of sessions, you can see the posters that offer the emotion management workshops“.
What makes Cogito’z sick is the clan sideA former psychologist Cogito’z
Two psychologists who have worked in two different centers in the past denounce “a form of patient control“And diagnoses that would be made”with wet finger“. They testify anonymously:”It was very marketing, you had to make a lot of money, people were really coming for the high potential, and the psy team could show high potential when there wasn’t one. As soon as a patient entered Cogito’z, he did not leave. There was no openness to other professionals, other institutions. What is sick with Cogito’z is the clan side“.
Eight requests from former patients of Cogito’z centers were sent to the Inter-Ministerial Mission against sectarian drift (Miviludes) which confirms to us: “Miviludes has received disturbing information about situations described by relatives, of behavior change, accompanied by family and friendly breakups, progressive and rapid, after people have been trained in Cogito’z centers “.
We passed on these testimonies to Jeanne Siaud-Facchin. She defends the seriousness of her work and evokes “lies, bragging and exaggeration,” which she says is meant to harm her.