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  • Unrealized talent, unrecognized giftedness

    Unrealized talent, unrecognized giftedness

    “Unrealized talent does not make a comfortable chair, unless you’ve sat on it your whole life, then it makes it a dangerously comfortable chair.” Actor Eric Roberts Not knowing we’re gifted In his article Smarter than 99.9% of the rest of us Jack Cox noted that “many gifted adults – even some who were enrolled […]

  • Striving for excellence: "Perfectionism has taken a bum rap."

    Striving for excellence: “Perfectionism has taken a bum rap.”

    “She can be quite murderously challenging in her perfectionism. Take Twenty: ‘Are you sure that’s good enough?’ [Kidman says.] “We’re going, [wearily] ‘Yeah.’ ” Director Jane Campion about working with Nicole Kidman on “Portrait of a Lady” Campion also said of her: “She gets a bee in her bonnet, and she’s off. She’s excited. And […]

  • Acknowledge your talents - Admit your gifts

    Acknowledge your talents – Admit your gifts

    High aspirations Golf champion Michelle Wie has said she doesn’t simply want to be known as someone who won the most LPGA tournaments in history: “I want to be known as doing stuff that no one ever thought of… I want to be known as people that changed the world and people that change how […]

  • Excitabilities and Gifted People – an intro by Susan Daniels

    Excitabilities and Gifted People – an intro by Susan Daniels

    Video excerpts from the SENGinar (a webinar by SENG): “Understanding Overexcitabilities – The Joys and the Challenges” Presented by Susan Daniels, PhD – January 31, 2011 Description from the SENG site: Overexcitabilites – psychomotor, sensual, intellectual, imaginational and emotional – are often presented as personality traits and behaviors to be managed in terms of interactions […]

  • You think you're so smart. You're too verbal...too sensitive

    You think you’re so smart. You’re too verbal…too sensitive

    A number of movies include gifted and talented characters, and depict a variety of characteristics related to exceptional people that are positive – but these qualities also can generate not so positive reactions from others, such as “You think you’re so smart,” or, “You’re too verbal… too bossy… too nerdy… too sensitive.” And, of course, we may still […]

  • Where do you get perfectionism: From the inside out or the outside in?

    Where do you get perfectionism: From the inside out or the outside in?

    By Lisa Erickson, MS, LMHC I’ve been thinking about varieties of perfectionism since having a discussion with a gifted trauma survivor. It became clear that some of their perfectionism was an expression of giftedness and some was related to family of origin issues. Same outcome, different sources. Does the source of perfectionism matter? I think […]


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  • Jodie Foster and impostor phenomenon

    Jodie Foster and impostor phenomenon

    “I always feel like something of an impostor. I don’t know what I’m doing.” Jodie Foster made that comment when she was a recipient of the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award. A highly accomplished actor-director-producer, Foster also said, “I don’t feel very powerful. I feel fragile… unsure, struggling to figure it all out.” Continued on the […]

  • Gifted adults and genius stereotypes: Brilliant and flawed

    The brilliant Dr. House Asked how her character Dr. Allison Cameron in the tv series “House” can be so attracted to Dr. Gregory House [played by Hugh Laurie], actor Jennifer Morrison agreed House is a “misanthrope” but thinks he also has “that rebellious Renaissance man thing going that women find endlessly attractive. “House speaks 10 […]

  • Gifted Adult Development: Unrecognized or Eminent

    Gifted Adult Development: Unrecognized or Eminent

    Emily Dickenson In her article Unrecognized Giftedness: The Frustrating Case of the Gifted Adult, Marylou Kelly Streznewski (author of the book Gifted Grownups) writes of Emily Dickinson: “Her story is well known: the seven poems published in a minor magazine as a favor by a friend; the fifteen hundred brilliant compositions tied in ribboned packets, […]

  • Dealing with Fame: Eminence and ego and distorted relationships

    Dealing with Fame: Eminence and ego and distorted relationships

    “The downside of my celebrity is that I cannot go anywhere in the world without being recognized.” Stephen Hawking Just who has the ego problem? One sense of the word “ego” is a distorted self-regard, what psychologist Carl Jung referred to as “inflated consciousness… hypnotized by itself.” But high level achievement often brings with it […]

  • The mind of gifted adults: Difference is not deficit

    “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this something, at whatever cost, must be attained.” Marie Curie Challenges of adult giftedness In her article Discovering the Gifted Ex-Child, Stephanie […]

  • Do talented, gifted students get appreciated and supported?

    Do talented, gifted students get appreciated and supported?

    Gifted children left behind A number of people in the arts, sciences and other fields achieve eminence for their exceptional abilities, but what of the many more who aren’t acclaimed in public ways? And what about talented children? The photo caption is: “Speech being delivered by an Academy student” – and comes from the site […]

  • Is uncommon intelligence or intensity a gift?

    Is uncommon intelligence or intensity a gift?

    Willem Kuipers is author of the book Enjoying the Gift of Being Uncommon: Extra Intelligent, Intense, and Effective. Read the Foreword by Linda Silverman (and see link to the author’s site) in the post The Gift of Being Uncommon. In a section of the book – Is it a Gift to be Uncommon? – he […]

  • Exceptional abilities: Energy healing & psychic ability

    Exceptional abilities: Energy healing & psychic ability

    Adam Dreamhealer is considered a gifted distant energy healer and author. From a news story [Adam the Healer – Nineteen-Year-Old Says His Touch Can Cure Diseases, ABCNews ABC.com July 13, 2006] : Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School and the Mind/Body Center says it does not surprise him that people improve or are even […]

  • Gifted, Talented, Creative, Anxious

    Gifted, Talented, Creative, Anxious

    “I still have pretty much the same fears I had as a kid. I’m not sure I’d want to give them up; a lot of these insecurities fuel the movies I make.” Steven Spielberg There can be many flavors of insecurity, self-criticism, stress and anxiety related to being gifted, talented and creative. Some experiences, such […]

  • 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 […]