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For a few decades, it’s been noted that a large percentage of all
gifted students severely underestimate their own abilities.
lower standards for success and expect less of themselves. They
underrate the importance of effort, and they overrate how much help
they need from a parent.
When parents praise their children’s intelligence, they believe they
are providing the solution to this problem... ensuring that children do
not sell their talents short.
growing body of research strongly suggests it might be the other way
kids the label of “smart” does not prevent them from
underperforming. It might actually be causing it.
From How Not to Talk to Your Kids,
By Po Bronson
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life I've been registering IQ scores like that , so that I have
the complacent feeling that I'm highly intelligent...
I had an auto-repair man once, who caught me on a joke. "I knew for
sure I'd catch you," he said. "Why is that?" I asked. "Because you're
so goddamned educated, doc, I
knew you couldn't be very smart."
And I have an uneasy feeling he had
Asimov - from his article What
Is Intelligence, Anyway?
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Talent blog post by Douglas Eby]
In her Variety article [Sep 2006], Evgenia Peretz writes: In her later
teenage years, Sofia Coppola indulged in a variety of pursuits that
struck some - including herself - as disturbingly close to those of an
aimless rich girl.
wasn’t really great at any of those things, so it was kind of
frustrating,” says Sofia, “because I liked all those things, but didn’t
have the focus. She entered her first period of self-doubt.
“She said, ‘Oh, Dad, am I just a dilettante’” Francis [her father]
recalls. “I thought just the opposite was happening now, and I said to
her, No, you don’t have to specialize - do everything that you love and
then, at some time, the future will come together for you in some form.”
Perfection - by Dr. Margaret Paul
Needing to be perfect is a form of control. The wounded, critical part
of us believes that, "If I am perfect (whatever that means!) then
people will like me, love me, admire me, approve of me, pay attention
to me, or validate me. Then I will feel worthy...” The false belief is
that if someone likes you, then you are worthy, and then you can be
happy.... When you know your worth as intrinsic rather than based on
your performance, life becomes so much easier and less tiring. Instead
of your addiction to perfection immobilizing you, you are free to fully
express yourself and manifest your gifts and talents.
Addiction to Thinking - by Margaret Paul,
Randall is an extremely intelligent man, but in some ways he was using
his own intelligence against himself. The problem was that when Randall
did have those brief moments of true connection, he immediately went
into his mind to try to figure out how it happened. The moment he went
into his mind, he lost the connection that he so desperately desired.
The reason Randall went into his mind was that, as much as he wanted
the joy of deep spiritual connection, he wanted something even more
than that - control over that connection.
Adolescence and Gifted:
Existential Dread - by
J'Anne Ellsworth, PhD
Performers Born or Made? - By Tony DiRomualdo
Professor Ericsson and his colleagues have spent years studying top
performers from many different fields - science, mathematics, sports,
the arts, business, etc. The team analyzed reams of performance
statistics and biographical data as well as volumes of data produced
from years of their own experiments with expert performers. The verdict
- experts and high achievers are made far more often than born and the
driver of their performance is deliberate practice.
you ADD -- or just gifted? [excerpt
of interview with Stephanie S. Tolan; ERIC Digest 522]
many creative people go around now announcing they are ADD. I could
that I am, too. But I happen to know that I'm not; I'm just highly
Stephanie S. Tolan. ... "Frequently, bright children have been referred
to psychologists or pediatricians because they exhibited certain
commonly associated with a diagnosis of ADHD."
Are You a Scanner? - by Barbara Sher
If you're a Scanner, you are a very special kind of thinker. Unlike
those people who seem to find and be satisfied with one area of
interest, you're genetically wired to be interested in many things.
Because your behavior is unfamiliar -- even unsettling -- to the people
around you, you've been taught that you're doing something wrong and
you must try to change. But what you've been told is a mistake -- you
have been misdiagnosed. You're a different creature altogether. What
you've assumed is a disability to be overcome by sheer will is actually
an exceptional gift. You are the owner of a remarkable, multitalented
brain trying to do its work in a world that doesn't understand who you
are and doesn't know why you behave as you do. [Excerpt from her book
Refuse to Choose!]
Arousing the Sleeping Giant: Giftedness in
Psychotherapy - By Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, PhD
The psychotherapist is in a unique position to offer the gifted adult
accurate information about gifted traits and what giftedness really
means over the life cycle. Within a reassuring atmosphere the client
can - often for the first time - feel truly understood and valued. Face
to face with someone who understands, a rare opportunity arises in
which gifted adults may openly discuss their inner lives and
Being gifted without the scores - by
I tried to tell my mom that i was gifted, and she avoids the
conversation. My dad...well...he believes in my potential...he is
gifted too. With my sisters, they simply know i am very intelligent,
but i doubt they know more than that. I mean...i am not just
intelligence...i am more than that...but...who cares? Thats a part that
hardly they will understand.
Brain Development Rate Linked to IQ -
Seeking a link between neural anatomy and mental ability, researchers
at the National Institute of Mental Health and McGill University in
Montreal discovered a rhythm in the patterns of childhood growth. Brain
development in children with the highest IQ peaked four years later
than among average children.
You Hear The Flowers Sing? Issues for Gifted Adults - by Deirdre V.
Using observational data, the author attempts to delineate some of the
positive and negative social effects of traits displayed by gifted
adults. Five traits (divergency, excitability, sensitivity,
perceptivity, and entelechy) seem to produce potential interpersonal
and intrapersonal conflict. Unless gifted adults learn to value
themselves and find support, identity conflicts and depression may
Geniuses - by Marty Nemko
You'd think that the supersmart have it made. Not so. Being highly
intelligent comes with surprising workplace burdens, as I've learned
during 20 years as a career coach specializing in intellectually gifted
adults. Here are suggestions I've made that clients have found most
Career Planning for Gifted Adults - by
Gifted adults often face unique career challenges. Job environments
rarely reward creativity, a hallmark of the gifted, and frequently
punish anyone who threatens to color outside the lines. Corporations
often resemble football games, where players are rewarded for being in
position to receive the ball everyone wins by executing the coach's
play. Gifted people function better when their game resembles
playground basketball, where you can scramble and make plays as you go.
Misconceptions About the Gifted by Mary Rocamora
misconception is that ability automatically leads to high achievement,
that compelling talent will overcome all obstacles. As children, many
us heard inspiring stories about eminent men and women who did just
However, the reality is that there are both circumstantial and
factors that can adversely affect the actualization of the gifted.
Coping Through Awareness - by Andrew
Mahoney, M.S., L.P.C., L.M.F.T.
Coping for a highly gifted person requires knowing oneself and becoming
more aware of what is truly involved with being highly gifted. Coping
is also a process that should allow one to contend better with his
giftedness throughout life. Yet coping poses many challenges and is not
free of emotional strife or tension. The goal in coping must not rob
one from his nature, but provide a means to explore and enhance the
experience of being highly gifted.
Issues with Recognized and Unrecognized Gifted Adults by Mary
of the gifted adults I have worked with came from privileged parents
were overpowering and autocratic, who utterly eclipsed their children's
abundance of intellect and talent. Despite all the elite education and
tutoring provided, children of these very wealthy families were
as parental property, who should not be allowed to compete with the
or to be encouraged to have creative lives of their own."
Creativity, the Arts, and Madness - by
If there is a significant correlation between creative genius and
mental disorders, how do we explain it? Do mood disorders lead to
creativity? Is there something about wrestling with the primitive
core or with our moods, that facilitates the creative process?
Dabrowski's Theory of Positive
By Elizabeth Mika
Development is a progression from rigid, instinctual egocentrism to
conscious altruism based on empathy, compassion and self-awareness.
Development takes place through the process of positive disintegration,
which is the loosening and dismantling of the initial character
structure during the course of one's life and replacing it by
consciously created personality.
Discovering the Gifted Ex-Child - by
The experience of the gifted adult is the experience of an unusual
consciousness, an extraordinary mind whose perceptions and judgments
may be different enough to require an extraordinary courage. For many,
a complete honoring of the self must begin with discovering what sort
of consciousness, what sort of mind they possess.
Emotional Intelligence of the Gifted -
Daniel Goleman’s popular book on the subject, Emotional Intelligence,
gives some examples of high IQ people who are not achieving the heights
they were destined for. He says that “Academic intelligence has little
to do with emotional life” and goes on to say “...people with with high
IQs can be stunningly poor pilots of their private lives.” Goleman does
a good job of showing that success comes to those who have an awareness
of social rules and apply them in the dominant mode of their society. I
think his observation that people with high IQ may have low emotional
intelligence and therefore lower success is flawed.
While few can agree on a black-and-white definition for giftedness, one
characteristic of the population that has some global acceptance is
emotional sensitivity. It is a feature of personality that often plays
havoc with the ability to live easily in the world. Teaching students
how to operate successfully in their culture is an important skill -
but not at the expense of driving feelings underground or forcing our
children to give up an essential part of their character.
Again, For the First Time - by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, PhD
There are many confusing notions about what giftedness is and is not.
Indeed, in several respects, the life experience of the gifted
individual seems paradoxical (e.g., being considered highly successful
while secretly feeling like an impostor). Without any other frame of
reference, living within a culture that tends to be suspicious and
critical of gifted traits can seriously impair the gifted adult's
quality of life.. the desire to self-actualize, to live out the promise
of high potential, can be precarious, painful, and lonely.
to Be Exceptional - by Douglas Eby
exceptional — unusually skillful, smart, creative or otherwise
more capable than the norm — may include a judgment both by
others and ourselves as being an “outsider.” Gifted
talented people can experience a self-defeating aversion to expressing
talents that might separate them from other people.
EQ and the IQ
Connection - by Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D.
Emotional intelligence (EQ), rather than being an inborn ability, is a
skill that needs to be taught and facilitated in individuals who
deviate significantly from the norm in their intellectual intelligence
(IQ)... I could go on and on about how little helpful feedback highly
gifted people get about how they are different and how they are
still good and valuable people.
Fostering adult giftedness: Acknowledging and
addressing affective needs of gifted adults - by Sharon Lind
Giftedness in adults can be viewed through a number of lenses. For this
article, I want to focus on five key affective needs of gifted adults:
acknowledging your own gifts; nurturing your identity development;
giving yourself permission to be a growing, changing, imperfect person;
taking advantage of and coping with overexcitabilities; and learning
practical coping skills.
and Stressed by Douglas Eby
For many gifted and talented people, the typical
that can help foster a 'blessed unrest' may incite or exacerbate a
side: this kind of chronic arousal."
Gifted And Vague - by Lesley Sword
It seems that vagueness is associated with extremely high intelligence
and an introverted personality type. For people who have an introverted
way of operating, the world inside their heads is often more
interesting than the world outside.
Gifted People and their Problems - by
Highly gifted people have a number of personality traits that set them
apart, and that are not obviously connected to the traits of
intelligence, IQ, or creativity that are most often used to
define the category. Many of these traits have to do with their
particularly intense feelings and emotions, others with their sometimes
awkward social interactions. These traits make that these people
are typically misunderstood and underestimated by peers, by society,
and usually even by themselves.
The Gifted Introvert - by Lesley
Western civilisation today is dominated by the extravert
viewpoint. This is because extraverts outnumber introverts 3 to
1, are more vocal than introverts and are more understandable than
introverts. However, while introverts are a minority group in society,
they form the majority of gifted people. Moreover, it appears that
introversion increases with intelligence so that more than 75% of
people with an IQ above 160 are introverted.
Giftedness in the Workplace: Can the Bright
Thrive in Organizations? - By Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, PhD
Giftedness is more than intellectual prowess. It impacts and underlies
everything because giftedness is a quantitatively, qualitatively, and
motivationally different way of being. This means living and
experiencing the world and responding to stimuli in ways that stand out
from the crowd, differences that are often criticized by others as "off
track" or excessive. Yet these differences are the very traits that are
fundamental building blocks of innovation and extraordinary achievement.
Gifted, Talented, Addicted
Writer Pearl Buck commented, “The truly creative mind in any field is
no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly
sensitive.” A number of people with exceptional abilities have used
drugs and alcohol as self-medication to ease the pain of that
sensitivity, or as a way to enhance thinking and creativity. Sometimes
they risk addiction.
Women: Identity and Expression by Douglas Eby
of personal characteristics may accompany being exceptional --
that impact how gifted people see themselves, how others respond to
and how fully they are able to realize and express their
Growing Up Gifted Is Not
Easy - by Elaine Aron, PhD
We have to find life meaningful, so that even in the lowest mood, that
meaning holds us like a safety net. That’s the ultimate protection
parents can provide an HSC [Highly Sensitive Child], especially a
gifted one. And if all of the meaning of life is the expression of
one’s talents, no matter how great those talents, that’s missing a lot
of potential safety net.
Lamarr: Inventor two articles on her little-known
to military communications
“If You're So Smart, Why Do You Need
- by Deborah L. Ruf, PhD
A reasonably clear perception of self appears to be one prerequisite to
advanced emotional development. For people who are outside the norm in
any significant way, as gifted people are, obtaining accurate feedback
about their abilities, strengths, weaknesses, and the acceptability of
their personality characteristics is difficult.
Intelligence by Douglas Eby
use of advanced medical imaging technologies is yielding information
only about pathologies such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer's, but also
the biology underlying healthy cognitive skills.
The impact of giftedness on psychological
well-being - by Maureen Neihart, Psy.D.
Results of some studies suggest that there is a significantly greater
rate of mood disorders in eminent creative adults, writers and artists
especially. It is clear that giftedness influences the psychological
well-being of individuals. Whether the psychological outcomes are
positive or negative seems to depend on at least three factors that
interact synergistically: the type of giftedness, the educational fit,
and one's personal characteristics.
Inner Process of Giftedness by Mary Rocamora and
Praise of Perfectionism by Stephen A. Diamond, Ph.D.
the surface of any great artist, entrepreneur, scientist or politician,
and you will likely find a perfectionist. If truth be told, it is in
their perfectionism that makes them great. Greatness stems from a
of perfectionism, talent and drivenness.
barriers, personal issues, and decisions faced by gifted and talented
females - by
with talented females has revealed a number of internal barriers,
priorities, and decisions that have consistently emerged as the reasons
that many either cannot or do not realize their potential.
Intellect an Albatross? - by Douglas Eby
Huffington is described by her friend and author Sugar Rautbord
“probably one of the most intellectually seductive human beings on the
face of the planet. She has such a powerful brain, and she exudes an
intellectuality that is almost sexual." Does
that sort of exceptional mind have
potential negative consequences, particularly for women?
Is it a Gift to
be Gifted-or is it a Handicap - By Craig Harper
"I don't know if I have a definitive answer to this one but I thought
that it might be an interesting topic to explore... so let's explore."
[Craig Harper (B.Ex.Sci.) is an Australian motivational speaker,
qualified exercise scientist, author, columnist, radio presenter, and
owner of one of the largest personal training centres in the world.]
Is It Good
to Be Gifted? Optimal IQ and the Flipside to Giftedness, by David
Having a higher IQ is certainly no guarantee that you’ll zip through
life effortlessly accomplishing great things. I’ve met many people who
don’t appear to be particularly bookish or intellectual, but are very
successful in what they do. Then again, I've known lots of academic
types who have scored extremely high on an IQ test but lack the "people
skills," personal motivation, or whatever it takes to translate their
abilities into outward signs of success.
Little Rain Man In Each Of Us? - by Darold Treffert, MD
In the case of the prodigious savant, it appears to me, there is a
marvelous coalescence of idiosyncratic brain circuitry.. perhaps
involving right hemisphere and habit memory compensatory processes,
coupled with magnificent innate 'software', obsessive traits of
concentration & repetition and tremendous encouragement &
reinforcement from family, caretakers and teachers. Does some of that
same possibility, a little Rain Man as it were, perhaps reside within
each of us? I think that it does.
Pictures, You Teach in Words: The Gifted Visual Spatial Learner -
By Lesley Sword
Dr Linda Silverman, the pioneer of the Visual Spatial Learner concept
identifies two types of gifted visual spatial learners. The first is
children identified as gifted who score extremely high on an IQ test
because of their great ability both with tasks using visual spatial
processing and those requiring auditory sequential thinking processes.
The second is children who are brighter than their IQ scores..
Gifted Teens and Adults - by Joanna Fletcher
Coaching began in the executive world to support extremely successful
people as they dared to challenge themselves even more. Most gifted
people experience a great longing to really engage with life, beyond
the everyday markers of success. Actualizing this true authenticity is
particularly challenging for a gifted person, whose awareness of the
multiple paths not taken can block them from action.
Relationships And Gifted Learners - by Sandra L. Berger
The idea of mentoring is as old as mankind. Ancient Greece introduced
the concept, and it was institutionalized during the Middle Ages.
Internships and apprenticeships are valuable because they allow
students to learn new skills and investigate potential career
interests. A mentorship, on the other hand, is a dynamic shared
relationship in which values, attitudes, passions, and traditions are
passed from one person to another and internalized. Its purpose is to
Metaphor and Image in
Talented - by Jane Piirto, Ph.D.
As I wrote [my novel] I felt at peace and relieved. The integration of
these two selves, my efficient career-woman self, and my mystical
poetic self, took many years, and now I never speak or present myself
without both of me showing. That is why I try to read a poem every
time. This example from my own life as an artist illustrates the use of
metaphor in healing, and in creation.
Mis-Diagnosis and Dual Diagnosis of
Gifted and LD, ADHD, OCD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder - By James
Many gifted and talented children (and adults) are being mis-diagnosed
by psychologists and others as having ADHD, OCD) and Mood Disorders.
These common mis-diagnoses stem from an ignorance among professionals
about specific social and emotional characteristics of gifted children
which are then mistakenly assumed by these professionals to be signs of
of the Gifted by Lynne Azpeitia, M.A. and Mary
people don't know that what is considered normal for the gifted is most
often labeled as neurosis in the general population and as a result,
gifted are personally and emotionally vulnerable to a variety of unique
relationship difficulties at home, work, school and in the community.
My Perfect Mess - by Nancy Roman
[from the book The Right Words at the Right Time Volume 2, by Marlo
Thomas] "Look," Sister Regina said quietly, "we all want everything we
do to be perfect, but sometimes it just doesn't turn out that way,
because we aren't perfect. If you aren't satisfied when you're done,
well, then, just do it again. You can do it as many times as you like."
In those few words, I learned one of the most reassuring lessons of
life: that you don't have to be perfect. You only have to satisfy
Nine Myths About the Gifted - based on
by Ellen Winner, PhD: Gifted Children : Myths and Realities
Myth #1: Giftedness, when it occurs, is generally global. The Reality:
More often than not, children are unevenly gifted, often being
especially gifted in one area. ... Myth 4: "Genius will out". The
Reality: Families play a far more important role in the development of
gifts than do schools, and are essential to the development of the
gifted or talented child. Genius must be nurtured.
Giftedness - an interview with Mary Rocamora, Founder of the
these days in the research community is being understood more as an
experience or process than external products like symphonies and films
and dance companies.. the research
is far more interested now in studying the nature of that inner
process.. beyond just high intelligence..
Overexcitabilities in Gifted Children -
Overexcitabilities are an abundance of physical, sensual, creative,
intellectual and emotional energy that can result in creative
endeavours as well as advanced emotional and ethical development in
adulthood. Overexcitabilities feed, enrich, empower and amplify talent.
Overexcitability and the gifted - by
A small amount of definitive research and a great deal of naturalistic
observation have led to the belief that intensity, sensitivity and
overexcitability are primary characteristics of the highly gifted.
Emotionally Intense Gifted Children - by Lesley Sword
has an emotional as well as intellectual component. Intellectual
goes hand in hand with emotional depth.
Perfectionism - by Douglas Eby
"I'm a maniacal perfectionist. And if I weren't, I wouldn't have this
company. It's the best rap!" Martha Stewart goes on to say,
"Nobody's going to fault me for that. I have proven that being a
perfectionist can be profitable and admirable..” But Monica Basco,
Ph.D., notes in her book "Never Good Enough.." that perfectionists "can
have great difficulty in taking risks..”
Perfectionism: Bane or
blessing? - by Joanna Fletcher
Perfection is all about meeting a standard. When a gifted person sets a
standard, it is likely to be very high because they have a clearer
picture of what perfect would be... One can hold a high standard as an
ideal, but reduce one’s internal demand to meet it. Here are some ideas
about how to deal with perfectionism in your own life.
The Problem of Pain - by Stephanie S.
Life for highly gifted children and their families can still be
enormously difficult. What the parents who call me are dealing
with is pain -- often intense pain -- their children’s and their own.
Pain isn’t a subject that we often address directly, and that may be
one reason why we don’t cope with it very well. Our culture’s attitude
is anything but helpful.
Prodigy and Savant Syndrome: Are they
- by Darold Treffert, MD
The expert [a calculating prodigy] seemed to develop a long term
episodic memory by borrowing from other areas of long term memory, just
as a computer extends the capacity of RAM by using swap space on the
hard drive to create a larger 'virtual' memory,' and recruited much of
that from right sided structures.
The Prodigy as Narcissistic Injury - by
The prodigy - the precocious "genius" - feels entitled to special
treatment. Yet, he rarely gets it. This frustrates him and renders him
even more aggressive, driven, and overachieving than he is by nature.
... Not all precocious prodigies end up under-accomplished and
petulant. Many of them go on to attain great stature in their
communities and great standing in their professions.
Psychological Factors in the Development
Adulthood Giftedness from Childhood Talent - by Paula
In early childhood, some children come to the attention of parents and
teachers because of very advanced abilities or exceptional interest in
an area. However, many of these children will not go on to be very
exceptional in adulthood. Some will not receive the proper kind of
guidance and support to sustain their involvement within the domain. A
few, burdened by the overinvolvement of parents, will burn out in
adolescence or early adulthood. Many will acquire expert levels of
knowledge and perform at a high level in their area. But, only a very
few will become eminent in adulthood... A major issue for the field of
gifted education is why so few highly gifted children grow up to be
renowned and creative producers.
The psychology of creativity:
inner demons - interview with Stephen A. Diamond, Ph.D.
"Creativity is one of humankind's healthiest inclinations, one of our
greatest attributes... Our impulse to be creative can be understood to
some degree as the subjective struggle to give form, structure and
constructive expression to inner and outer chaos and conflict. It can
also be one of the most dynamic methods of meeting and redeeming one's
devils and demons."
Needs: Understanding The Emotional, Intellectual and Social
Uniqueness Of Growing Up Gifted - By Lesley Sword
children not only think differently to other children, they also feel
Their intellectual complexity combines with their emotional intensity
give them a qualitatively different way of experiencing the world.
The Savant Syndrome:
Islands of Genius - by Darold A. Treffert, M.D.
The movie Rain Man depicted an autistic savant and that term became
almost a household word. It is important to remember, however, that not
all autistic persons are savants, and not all savants are autistic.
Work "Ellen Langer's specialty may seem a little odd for a
she studies mindlessness." [NY Times]
Self-Esteem and the Gifted Adult by Stephanie S.
as a gifted adult is complicated by the great diversity among the
adult population. What does a gifted adult look like? Unfortunately,
many gifted adults, it looks like somebody else. Using a metaphor of
and Spaces, the author explains how we tend to see our own deficits
but others' gifts (dots). This negatively affects self-esteem and often
causes gifted assets to be viewed as mere "weirdness."
The Shame of Genius - by Julie E. Creech
I have a high IQ. Those words construct a sentence I am unable to write
without pause. I could write other, similar, sentences all day without
a problem: I am a poet. I am an artist. I am a philosopher. Yet, this
other aspect of who I am, this ‘intellectual giftedness’, is something
I feel guilty and ashamed about.
Social & Emotional Issues: What
Adults Say About Their Childhoods - by Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D.
Because I believe that giftedness is an inborn trait, I also believe
the qualities of giftedness are present throughout people's lives, even
if they are underachievers or hide their abilities. It follows,
therefore, that I believe former gifted children become gifted adults.
Adults have experience and hindsight. I asked gifted adults what they
thought of their childhood experiences at home and in school.
Social & Emotional Needs of the
and Children - by Deborah L. Ruf, Ph. D.
Coppola on being a “dilettante” and growing her talents [Developing Talent blog] - by Douglas
So Smart It
Hurts - by John Clark
In movies and books, geniuses are nearly always troubled. That way, we
can feel better about ourselves. An all too common stereotype is that
geniuses must be miserable. In Hollywood, you can never be too rich or
too thin, but you can be too smart. It's OK to have a beautiful face.
It's not OK to have a beautiful mind.
Support for Gifted Mothers: America Is
World Leader - by Marylou Kelly Streznewski
Taking Care of Ourselves - by Marylou
One of the greatest assets a gifted child can have is to be
parented and educated by self-aware gifted adults.
Theory of Positive Disintegration as a
Personality Development For Exceptional Individuals
- By Elizabeth Mika
Kazimierz Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration (TPD) shows
great promise as a universal theory of development. It is the first
theory in psychology that postulates levels of personality development
and methods of measuring them, and also describes and explains
mechanisms of emotional development.
The Too Many Aptitudes Problem - by
Most people have about four or five strong talents out of the roughly
two dozen independent aptitudes known to exist. Most jobs require about
four or five. As many as 10% of the population has double that number
of aptitudes - and that is a problem for them and their employers.
Underachievement in Talented Females -
M. Reis, Ph.D.
The women who realized their talents as adults were not always
superlative students, but they certainly displayed creative and
productive behaviors... Most exhibited specific personality traits
including determination, motivation, creativity, patience, and the
ability to take and, in some cases, thrive on risks. The one trait
clearly exhibited by every woman was determination.
Understanding Empathy - By Jenna
As a sensitive soul, you are likely to have a high degree of empathy.
Empathy is the ability to feel another person’s emotions as if they are
your own. In many ways, being empathic is a gift, because it allows you
to fully experience, understand, and support others. In other ways, it
can feel intrusive, overwhelming, and frustrating to have your personal
space “invaded” by other people’s emotions and energies, and sometimes,
even their physical symptoms.
Understanding The Emotional,
Social Uniqueness Of Growing Up Gifted - by Lesley Sword
It is the combination of complex and deep thinking with rich and
intense emotion that produces the gifted persons’ greater potential for
high achievement. Supporting and interacting with each other, the
emotion and the intellect produce the strong will to achieve.
The Universal Experience of Being
by Linda Kreger Silverman
When giftedness is defined as asynchronous development, it is not
limited by ethnic, gender, age, socio-economic, geographical or
political boundaries, nor is it dependent upon recognition. In
all cultures, there are children who progress through the intellectual
milestones at a more rapid rate than their peers. While others
look upon the gifted as being advantaged in a race for personal gain,
the experience of being different in cultures that value sameness,
coupled with acute awareness of the pain and suffering in the world,
make the gifted feel distinctly disadvantaged.
Unrecognized Giftedness: The
Frustrating Case of
the Gifted Adult - by Marylou Kelly Streznewski
Overall, I have concluded that there are large numbers of frustrated
gifted adults, who can be located by anyone who knows what to look for,
who do not find outlets for their potential. We are not paying enough
attention to trying to teach gifted people how to cope with their lives
in the adult world.
What is a Scanner? - by Barbara Sher
The conventional wisdom was
overwhelming and seemed indisputable: If
you’re a jack-of-all-trades, you’ll always be a master of none. You’ll
become a dilettante, a dabbler, a superficial person -- and you’ll
never have a decent career. But one thought wouldn’t leave my mind: If
the world had just continued to accept them as they were, Scanners
wouldn’t have had any problems. Almost every case of low self-esteem,
shame, frustration, feelings of inadequacy, indecisiveness, and
inability to get into action simply disappeared the moment they
understood that they were Scanners and stopped trying to be somebody
Made Of? by Susan Adams "When physicist Michio Kaku hits a
in his research on string theory, he straps on a pair of ice skates and
heads out onto a New York City rink. The cocreator of string theory
around and around and around. "Once I'm on the ice, it's just me and
Newton," says Kaku, a professor at the City University of New York.
Michael Apted borrows Kaku's quirky comment for the title of his
poetic new film on how scientists create.
Common Thread of Creativity? - by Robert J. Sternberg
Creativity refers to the potential to produce novel ideas that are
task-appropriate and high in quality. Creativity in a societal context
is best understood in terms of a dialectical relation to intelligence
and wisdom. In particular, intelligence forms the thesis of such a
dialectic. Intelligence largely is used to advance existing societal
agendas. Creativity forms the antithesis of the dialectic, questioning
and often opposing societal agendas, as well as proposing new ones.
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A. Diamond, Ph.D. - The psychology of creativity: redeeming our
Foster - on making her
film "Contact" and on gifted women
is one of humankind's healthiest inclinations, one of our greatest
... Our impulse to be creative can be understood to some degree as the
subjective struggle to give form, structure and constructive expression
to inner and outer chaos and conflict. It can also be one of the most
methods of meeting and redeeming one's devils and demons."
Friedel Director, National Foundation for Gifted and Creative
happens with gifted women is that they do a lot of things very well,
their essential self, what I call the daimon, the essence of who and
they are, gets lost in the process... they lose their essential
and their entelechy.. the dynamic purposiveness in their
Kathleen Noble, Ph.D. -
Associate Professor of Women's Studies, and Assistant Director of the
Early Entrance Program, University of Washington, Seattle, where she
also has a private practice as a psychologist, working with gifted
Revel Sheely counselor at the Gifted Development Center
Author: "Gifted Grownups:
The Mixed Blessings of Extraordinary Potential"
consultant; co-author: "Guiding the Gifted Child"
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