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  • Misdiagnosis of gifted adults: Dysfunctions versus aptitudes

    Misdiagnosis of gifted adults: Dysfunctions versus aptitudes

    +-*“Much madness is divinest sense.” Emily Dickinson A new look at Tourette’s What is labeled mental disorder may really be an asset. In her article “Wild Child,” [Hope Magazine, October, 1996], Joanne Barrie Lynn, whose son has been diagnosed with Tourette’s and autism, noted that some researchers “believe there is evidence Mozart was a classic […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Adult underachievement - not living up to our high potential

    Adult underachievement – not living up to our high potential

    +-*In a very real sense, everyone may be called “underachieving” regardless of whether they are gifted or not. One short definition is “Performance below potential.” But high ability and giftedness are much more than advanced potential, high scores and notable achievements. What really matters in talking about underachievement is the inner experience of “falling short […]


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  • Gifted relationships: Sex appeal and smarty-pants

    Gifted relationships: Sex appeal and smarty-pants

    +-*Q: Your character [on the tv series “House”] Dr. Lisa Cuddy finds Dr. House [Hugh Laurie] hot. Would you be attracted to a guy like him? Lisa Edelstein : “Yeah, I like smarty-pants. It’s sexy when a guy is that witty and bright. Even at the cost of social skills. I have plenty of social […]

  • Adult Genius, Unexceptional Kid

    Adult Genius, Unexceptional Kid

    +-*Genius: born or made “The young Mozart’s prowess can be chalked up to practice, practice, practice. Compelled to practice three hours a day from age three on.. No wonder they thought he was a genius.” Malcolm Gladwell How we think of talents in others and ourselves may have a profound effect on nurturing and realizing […]

  • Gifted Students and Competition: Winning Acknowledgment, Excellence and Pride

    Gifted Students and Competition: Winning Acknowledgment, Excellence and Pride

    +-*The Great Debaters The photo shows Denzel Washington as Melvin B. Tolson, coaching his students (played by Jurnee Smollett, Nate Parker and Denzel Whitaker) in the upcoming movie “The Great Debaters.” It is based on the real story of Tolson, a professor at Wiley College in 1935 Texas, who inspired students to form the school’s […]

  • 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 […]

  • Suicide and Giftedness

    Suicide and Giftedness

    +-*Caltech tragedy raises questions A news story about two Caltech students who died of suicide in the weeks before the recent commencement made me wonder again: Do more gifted people die from suicide? Are high ability people more vulnerable? The Caltech students who died were senior Jackson Ho-Leung Wang, a mechanical engineering student from Hong […]

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - A Gifted Trauma Survivor

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – A Gifted Trauma Survivor

    +-*By Lisa Erickson, MS, LMHC Lisbeth Salander is the fictional heroine of Steig Larsson’s trilogy The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. As the heroine, Lisbeth Salander embodies certain characteristics of giftedness, and these characteristics help her survive terrible, long-term physical, sexual […]

  • Nerds can endure and create even without support

    Nerds can endure and create even without support

    +-*“I’ve always been the nerdy, geekish outsider who still remembers how a lot of my classmates used to torture me…” Actor Sarah Michelle Gellar continued, “Growing up, I always felt different from other kids… All the success that the series – Buffy – has enjoyed has erased a lot of self-doubts that I grew up […]

  • 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 […]