Psychologists denounce the “business of HPI diagnostics”

Since the broadcast of the HPI series with Audrey Fleurot on TF1, the number of diagnoses has increased considerably. And make no mistake, this costs money. We take stock of what various psychologists already refer to as ‘an HPI diagnostic company’.

A fashionable market, because there is money to be made

Whether they are called gifted, precocious children or people of high intellectual potential (HPI). There have always been HPIs, so: children or adults with more than “normal” intellectual abilities† According to the WHO, this represents 2.3% of children aged 6 to 16 who attend school and who are intellectually precocious, i.e. 200,000 children in France

A feature marked by the HPI series with Audrey Fleurot, airing on TF1 . since April 2021† The success has been there since the second season, which was completed just a few days ago, had an average audience of almost 10 million viewers. The series allowed popularize and standardize the concept of “person of high intellectual potential”† So far this may seem ideal. Yet this “popularization” is a double-edged sword, according to some psychologists

“We can speak of a “diagnosis case”, if we see the prices charged: 98 euros for the first consultation, 410 for the IQ test, 98 for the report, 88 for a family counseling consultation..”, explains the psychologist. Emmanuelle out. Piquet in an interview with HuffPost and published June 16.

Indeed, the only way to reliably detect an HPI person is by: perform a review at a professional† Since the series, seeing the demand increase, many psychologists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists (etc.) have specialized in the subject† on Doctolib, 16% now offer IQ tests† And that while you do not hesitate to offer unbelievable prices.

“I got into it because I knew there was money to be made,” Michelle admits without a taboo in a survey by L’Express newspaper.

HPI diagnostics: exorbitant prices

On average it takes between 200 and 600 euros to perform the test with a private psychologist† And yet this is only the test. Some professionals have just imagined entire structures around it. This is the case of Jeanne Siaud-Facchin who in 2003 founded the Cogito’z centers, structures specializing in HPI.

They offer a three-day training at 690 euros to support gifted people† HPI diagnosis, a high potential scam? in express, an ex-patient entrusts at least a bad memory to it : very staggered appointments, and before the final meeting a simple reading of the test results. In short, he didn’t really get his money’s worth.

The net, or the scam exchange

If the tests are in “real” at exorbitant and unjustified prices according to various testimonials, on the internet the situation seems even more murky† Charlatans or self-indulgent psychiatrists have a blast.

In reality, Tests performed online are in no way considered valid diagnoses and “recognized,” warn several psychologists. So with testing by so-called specialized coaches, you save nothing at all. online, less than 100 or 200 euros. Or with high potential detection over the phone (more than 100 euros for 45 minutes) or hour and a half videos to “live your giftedness well” over 300 euros. In short, in terms of serious and qualitative IQ tests, the Internet should be avoided because it is littered with often misdiagnosed

The thing to keep in mind from all of this is that if you want to have yourself or your children diagnosed with it, it is essential to get in touch with someone you trust and find out the true value of the suggested IQ test. For example, this test can be performed free of charge by a National Educational Psychologist or covered by health insurance, if it is performed in a medical-psycho-pedagogical center.

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