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  • 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 […]

  • Outliers and developing exceptional abilities

    Outliers and developing exceptional abilities

    Video: Creative Achievement – How Long Does It Take? Audio clip in the video: Professor Sandiford (John Malkovich) talking to one of his students, Jerome, in “Art School Confidential” (2006). Audio clip: Malcolm Gladwell on the “10,000 hour rule” from The Charley Rose Show in 2009, from video: “Malcolm Gladwell – Outliers 1 (2009).” “Achievement […]

  • The Other Achievement Gap

    The Other Achievement Gap

    By Deborah Ruf, Ph.D. How can we better encourage and reinforce the most entrepreneurial and talented among us? We can start by changing the ways we set up schools and the ways we address the very different learning abilities and needs of the students in them. The well-known “achievement gap” refers to the difference in […]

  • Writing from personal experience: J.K. Rowling and celebrating our unique qualities

    Writing from personal experience: J.K. Rowling and celebrating our unique qualities

    Channeling challenges into creativity In researching my main site [Talent Development Resources] about issues that impact personal development and creative expression for gifted and talented people, I have perhaps been “guilty” of emphasizing the problem side of topics such as introversion, self esteem, high sensitivity etc. But many authors, filmmakers and other creators have been […]

  • Striving For Excellence and Being a Perfectionist

    Striving For Excellence and Being a Perfectionist

    Mia Wasikowska earned acclaim for her intense performance in the HBO series “In Treatment.” She played the title role in the Tim Burton movie “Alice in Wonderland,” and noted that at age 20 she was still fairly new to acting, and comments why she left dancing: “I was at dance school doing about 35 hours […]

  • Coming out Gifted

    Coming out Gifted

    By Lisa Erickson, MS, LMHC : The caller says they went to my website and started to cry. I have heard this reaction before. It isn’t because they read the page on addictions or the one on depression. There is only one page that evokes this response. The caller has read about giftedness on my […]


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  • Gifted adult development: Is high ability a pass to success and eminence?

    Gifted adult development: Is high ability a pass to success and eminence?

    “The natural trajectory of giftedness in childhood is not a six-figure salary, perfect happiness, and a guaranteed place in Who’s Who.” An alternative ideal of gifted development That is a comment by Dr. Linda Silverman, director of the Gifted Development Center [site], who goes on to describe an ideal of adult development, beyond the awards […]

  • Nicole Kidman on her rich inner life

    Nicole Kidman on her rich inner life

    Flying close to the flame Nicole Kidman has talked about many personal qualities and experiences that relate to being a gifted and talented person with multiple abilities. “You live with a lot of complicated emotions as an actor, and they whirl around you and create havoc at times. And yet, as an actor you’re consciously […]

  • Janitor or mathematician - adult achievement, or not

    Janitor or mathematician – adult achievement, or not

    Good Will Hunting The movie Good Will Hunting (1997), as summarized on Wikipedia, tells the story of Will Hunting (Matt Damon), “a troubled prodigy who works as a janitor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, despite the fact that his knowledge of and facility with higher mathematics far outstrips that of anyone in the university. […]

  • Acknowledging our gifted adult personality

    Acknowledging our gifted adult personality

    “I did not perform well socially in junior high. I was a strange girl and I was in a lot of pain because of that, like most teenagers.” Claire Danes Elaine Aron, PhD comments on some of the consequences of being very sensitive as a child: “…family and school problems, childhood illnesses, and the like […]

  • 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. […]

  • Gifted and Shy: Kubrick; Kidman and others

    Gifted and Shy: Kubrick; Kidman and others

    Stanley Kubrick: overwhelmed by his actors Kubrick is considered one of the most innovative and influential filmmakers, renowned for a legendary perfectionism. But one of his most intense actors, R. Lee Ermey, the menacing drill instructor in Full Metal Jacket (1987), has said, “Stanley called me about two weeks before he died [in 1999]. “We […]

  • Exceptional, gifted adults without enough positive self-regard

    Exceptional, gifted adults without enough positive self-regard

    Exceptional and insecure Diana, Princess of Wales was noted for her pioneering charity work for AIDS and landmines. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, among many others, considered her “an exceptional and gifted human being.” But biographer Simone Simmons, also a friend and confidante, says she was “one of the most insecure people I had ever […]

  • Lang Lang: "Pressure…but a wonderful way to grow up"

    Lang Lang: “Pressure…but a wonderful way to grow up”

    “If my father had pressured me like this and I had not done well, it would have been child abuse, and I would be traumatized, maybe destroyed. He could have been less extreme and we probably would have made it to the same place; you don’t have to sacrifice everything to be a musician. “But […]

  • Addressing gifted adult underachievement: Acknowledging our own abilities

    Discounting our abilities One aspect of high ability, being able to do many things well, is a tendency to discount those abilities, and thinking, If we can do things easily, they must not actually be difficult or worthy of our respect. It’s a way, perhaps, to keep us more comfortably small in our own estimation. […]

  • 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. […]

  • Talented People, Stress and ChokIng

    Talented People, Stress and ChokIng

    Does having a highly capable intellect ensure you will perform well all the time, and always do better in performance situations? Not according to some research. This is from a news article: “Talented people often choke under pressure because the distraction caused by stress consumes their working memory, a psychologist at the University of Chicago […]

  • 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 […]

  • Giftedness in the work environment

    Giftedness in the work environment

    Backgrounds and practical recommendations By Noks Nauta, Sieuwke Ronner This article was published in Dutch in Tijdschriftvoor Bedrijfs-en Verzekeringsgeneeskunde (Journal for Occupational Health- and Insurance Physicians), TBV 16, no. 11 (Nov. 2008): 396-399. Publisher: Bohn Stafleu Van Loghum, Houten, The Netherlands. The editor agreed with translation and publication on this website. Key words: GIFTEDNESS, CHARACTERISTICS, […]

  • You may be gifted - Are you denying it?

    You may be gifted – Are you denying it?

    Not settling for underachievement We may not have realized all or even many of the promises of our identity as a gifted kid, and through circumstance or suppression left talents unmanifested or unspoken. But that doesn’t mean we have lost that aspect of who we are. You can learn more about the traits that gifted […]

  • 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 […]