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  • 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 […]

  • The Emotional Cost of High Ability in Young Adults

    The Emotional Cost of High Ability in Young Adults

    By Mariana Ashley Bill Bradley, retired NBA player, US Senator, and US presidential candidate, said “Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in.” Any high-ability student knows the truth of this quote, as they have likely received accolades, awards, and praise for their efforts and ambitions. But these students also […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]


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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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]