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  • Living Up to the "Gifted" Label - Or Not

    Living Up to the “Gifted” Label – Or Not

    “I don’t think I’m even close to fulfilling my potential.” Actor Kerry Washington goes on to say, “And I think also that, unlike a pianist or a flutist, an actor has an instrument that is constantly changing.” Washington earned a Presidential Arts Scholarship to attend George Washington University and graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi […]

  • The Gift of Being Uncommon

    The Gift of Being Uncommon

    From the Foreword by Linda Silverman to the book Enjoying the Gift of Being Uncommon: Extra Intelligent, Intense, and Effective by Willem Kuipers. I have just started reading the book, and as Dr. Silverman notes here, it has a number of stimulating perspectives: The vast majority of gifted adults are never identified. Even those who […]

  • Using Your Multipotentiality to Grow Your Confidence

    Using Your Multipotentiality to Grow Your Confidence

    By Emilie Wapnick The other day, someone mentioned that throughout their life, they’ve used their multipotentialite pursuits as a way of growing their confidence. In other words, by diving into new things and acquiring new skills, they’ve learned to believe in themselves more as a person. I’ve never thought about it that way, but it […]

  • Ashley Judd: "If I engage in perfectionism, I am abusing myself."

    Ashley Judd: “If I engage in perfectionism, I am abusing myself.”

    Ashley Judd commented in an interview about dealing with her challenging early life: “I try to remind myself that if I engage in perfectionism, I am abusing myself.” [Photo from facebook.com/AshleyJuddOfficial.] That perspective became especially poignant after the release of her memoir, in which she reveals being sexually abused. She writes, “I am happy to say that each […]

  • High Ability Women in the Arts

    High Ability Women in the Arts

    Many of these women “are members of the high IQ society Mensa International…others on this list are just some of the smartest female celebrities, proving so by being multilingual, earning degrees from top universities, and/or studying and working in all sorts of complicated academic fields,” as described in the intro to the list from Ranker.com. […]

  • Mindful Intensity

    Mindful Intensity

    Mia Wasikowska portrayed troubled, suicidal teen gymnast Sophie in the outstanding HBO psychotherapy drama series “In Treatment.” In an interview, Wasikowska (pronounced vash-i-kov-ska) commented, “As a teenager I was very anxious. I had a lot of energy and passion that I wanted to channel into creative things, and I always felt like I wasn’t achieving […]


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  • Being a perfectionist, being anxious

    Being a perfectionist, being anxious

    “Anxiety keeps me humble.” AIDS researcher Anthony Fauci, MD notes that pursuing excellence in your life and work is not without emotional challenges: “One of the by-products of being a perfectionist and constantly trying to improve myself are sobering feelings of low-grade anxiety and a nagging sense of inadequacy… This anxiety keeps me humble.” Perfectionism […]

  • 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 […]

  • Exceptional abilities - Isaac Newton: obsessed and solitary

    Exceptional abilities – Isaac Newton: obsessed and solitary

    “He was an unusual sort, obsessive, but gripped by the power and the beauty of sheer computation. I think that was a driving force behind what he did. “Once Newton (1642-1727) was onto something, he was gripped by it and he worked at it and worked at it and worked at it until he could […]

  • Brainpower and The Smart Gap

    Brainpower and The Smart Gap

    It may be natural to feel frustrated at not being able to solve a math problem or some other challenge when we are growing up and still learning, but how do you feel about your abilities and your self, your identity, when you confront a deep gap between what you would like to accomplish, and […]

  • On Being Gifted and Talented

    On Being Gifted and Talented

    By Sarah Swenson, MA, LMHCA What is giftedness? What is talent? There seem to be infinitely variable definitions for these two words. Let’s start with the idea of intelligence. Most research suggests that the higher an individual’s intelligence, the greater the degree of cognitive, emotional, and spiritual complexity there will be in that person’s encounter […]

  • Beyond the Chaos or Void in my Life?

    Beyond the Chaos or Void in my Life?

    By Edith Johnston I have lots of ideas.  I am intelligent and inquisitive with lots of interests.  Yet, I am insecure and everything seems incongruent as I move through life. Does this sound like something you experience? Being a multi-talented individual, or said another way, a smart person, can lead to this kind of experience.  […]

  • Dr. Deborah L. Ruf on raising gifted kids for positive relationships

    Dr. Deborah L. Ruf on raising gifted kids for positive relationships

    .. Photo: Clarence So of Diamond Ranch High in Pomona cheers on classmates at a regional decathlon at USC. Another decathlon was held at UCLA. From article: In L.A. County, a battle of the brains, by Esmeralda Bermudez and Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times February 8, 2009. “A day of decathlons, spelling bees and science […]

  • Intellectual Giftedness at War with Itself:  All I Want Is a Good Night’s Sleep…

    Intellectual Giftedness at War with Itself: All I Want Is a Good Night’s Sleep…

    By Sarah Swenson, MA, LMHCA One of the frequent sources of anxiety mentioned by clients in my specialty psychotherapy practice of working with intellectually gifted individuals is the fear of obliteration of consciousness at death. To them, Being and Nothingness is not just a thick book by Jean Paul Sartre. As a concept, it presents […]

  • J.K. Rowling: an ordinary and extraordinary childhood

    J.K. Rowling: an ordinary and extraordinary childhood

    “I was shy. I was a mixture of insecurities and very bossy.” J.K. Rowling added that she was “Very bossy to my sister but quite quiet with strangers. Very bookish. Terrible at school. “That whole thing about Harry being able to fly so well is probably total wish fulfillment.” Rowling also said she was, “never […]

  • Gifted and Talented but Insecure

    Gifted and Talented but Insecure

    Even people with exceptional talents and accomplishments can feel insecure and struggle with low or unhealthy self-esteem. Meryl Streep, for example, has said, “I have varying degrees of confidence and self-loathing…. “You can have a perfectly horrible day where you doubt your talent… Or that you’re boring and they’re going to find out that you […]