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  • Entitled to Be Exceptional

    Entitled to Be Exceptional

    +-*Suppressing ourselves to fit in Being 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 and talented people can experience a self-defeating aversion to expressing talents that might separate them from other people. Girls and women may be […]

  • Weed Girl – numbing her “rage to achieve”

    Weed Girl – numbing her “rage to achieve”

    +-*Smoking weed, drinking and trying some other drugs, Weed Girl preferred the pot smoking which she explains “took the edge off of her brain.” This was the beginning of Weed Girl’s new lifestyle which landed her in jail and rehab several times each. Sadly, by the time I met her, Weed Girl was pretty convinced […]

  • Creative Passion and Gifted Adults: Prodded by Our Angelic and Demonic Muse

    Creative Passion and Gifted Adults: Prodded by Our Angelic and Demonic Muse

    +-*How does talent become passion? “The presence of talent is not sufficient. Many people have more than one talent, and wonder what to do with them.” Jane Piirto, Ph.D. continues in her book Talented Children and Adults, “What is the impetus, what is the reason, for one talent taking over and capturing the passion and […]

  • Gifted adults: Brilliant innovation and extraordinary contributions

    Gifted adults: Brilliant innovation and extraordinary contributions

    +-*“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).” From article Encountering the Gifted Self Again, For the First Time, by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, Psy.D. In another article, Dr. […]

  • Gifted, talented: With or without the label and notable accomplishments

    Gifted, talented: With or without the label and notable accomplishments

    +-*Giftedness often tied to achievement So much categorizing people as gifted children or adults emphasizes having achieved significantly, having some distinction – high IQ or SAT scores, having a bestseller book or movie or being a sport superstar. And with perfectionism and high levels of self criticism, many gifted and talented people feel they don’t […]

  • Building Your Confidence from Scratch

    Building Your Confidence from Scratch

    +-*By Emilie Wapnick Today’s post is a personal one. It’s something I’ve wanted to talk about for a long time. I’ve written before about my experiences with childhood bullying. It’s something that a lot of multipotentialites seem to have experienced (apparently when you do origami at recess and play violin in an orchestra, other kids […]


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  • Parenting gifted kids is not for sissies

    Parenting gifted kids is not for sissies

    +-*The images show English professor Dr. Joshua Larabee (Laurence Fishburne) coaching Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) for the National Spelling Bee in the movie Akeelah and the Bee (2006) [DVD]. The ‘right schools’ Parents are faced with many challenges, strategic and emotional, when it comes to helping their gifted kids develop multiple talents. Such as getting […]

  • Gifted, talented and pathologized: Mood Disorders, Misdiagnosis and Medication

    Gifted, talented and pathologized: Mood Disorders, Misdiagnosis and Medication

    +-*Psychiatric misdiagnosis and consequent unnecessary or even destructive medication for “troubling” symptoms is an issue that impacts many gifted and talented people. In her article My Adventures in Psychopharmacology, Gogo Lidz writes, “Between the ages of 16 and 21, I was prescribed more than fifteen different stimulants, antidepressants, antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers. The cure was […]

  • Stimulating Exceptional Abilities: Pumping Our Teeming Brain

    Stimulating Exceptional Abilities: Pumping Our Teeming Brain

    +-*Are people fascinated by so much because of their intellectual development, or does consciously feeding our mind stimulate high level thought and creative ability? Writer Steve Pavlina poses that intriguing idea in his book Personal Development for Smart People: The Conscious Pursuit of Personal Growth. “What you learn in one area can often be applied […]

  • Superhuman or Extra Intelligent?

    Superhuman or Extra Intelligent?

    +-*By Willem Kuipers – From a section of his book “Enjoying the Gift of Being Uncommon.” One of the greatest obstacles to the recognition of extra intelligent people is the mysterious qualities and extreme rarity that many people (including parents) associate with “uncommon intelligence.” Often it is either a kind of child-prodigy–assumption, like Mozart, or […]

  • Higher IQ than Hawking - But what challenges may Victoria Cowie face?

    Higher IQ than Hawking – But what challenges may Victoria Cowie face?

    +-*British schoolgirl Victoria Cowie recently scored 162 on the adult admission tests for Mensa, which places her above the scores thought to have been achieved by Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking and Bill Gates. Her father cites one example showing how uncommon she is: “When she was just three years old we were sitting in a […]

  • Growing Up Gifted: Male and Female

    Growing Up Gifted: Male and Female

    +-*Growing up as an exceptional, gifted person has many pleasures and perils, and whether we are male or female (not to mention transgender) may have deep impacts on values, interests and ways we realize our multiple potentials. In an article of mine on gender, I comment there seems to be an endless fascination with looking […]

  • Wrestling with our intuition

    Wrestling with our intuition

    +-*“I feel there are two people inside me – me and my intuition. If I go against her, she’ll screw me every time, and if I follow her, we get along quite nicely.” – Kim Basinger Many other artists talk about using intuitive guidance in their work and lives. But it can be a challenge […]

  • Multiple Passions and Talents But Potential Burnout

    Multiple Passions and Talents But Potential Burnout

    +-*Many multitalented people feel inspired and energized to pursue multiple creative projects, often at the same time. One potential downside is physical and emotional burnout. Abigail Breslin has acted in a number of films since “Signs” (2002), including “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006), and commented at a young age about the kind of polymath passion that many […]

  • Admit your gifts - even if you're exceptional

    Admit your gifts – even if you’re exceptional

    +-*“It’s almost like the better I do, the more my feeling of inadequacy actually increases, because I’m just going, Any moment, someone’s going to find out I’m a total fraud, and that I don’t deserve any of what I’ve achieved.” Emma Watson One of the reasons many of us have challenges in realizing and expressing […]

  • Publish your expertise to help others

    Publish your expertise to help others

    +-*In their article What Is Brendon Burchard’s Experts Academy?, Drs. Phillip and Jane Mountrose note, “Many gifted individuals have expertise to share and this may include you. “The issue is how to make your expertise into a profitable business. Experts Academy with Brendon Burchard solves this problem. His goal is to turn you into a […]

  • How Pop Culture Stereotypes Impact the Self-Concept of Highly Gifted People

    How Pop Culture Stereotypes Impact the Self-Concept of Highly Gifted People

    +-*By Sarah Williams Some among us, plain and simple, are born great. There are people who have high capacities for specific talents, such as those who are math wizards or seemingly inherently know everything scientific. The world is home to a select few highly gifted people blessed with abilities the average human can only envy. […]