Gifted children often learn to stifle or cover up their unusual cognitive abilities and other talents. As adults, many still follow a pattern of hiding and retreating.
When she began directing in the forties, Ida Lupino sometimes claimed not to know the best way to line up a shot or specify a line reading, explaining “Men hate bossy women. Sometimes I pretend to know less than I do.”
But covering up, not acknowledging, or discounting our talents and abilities is not just something done by females.
As Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton declare in their book Now, Discover Your Strengths, “Unfortunately most of us have little sense of our talents and strengths, much less the ability to build our lives around them.”
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