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  • 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. […]

  • 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, […]

  • 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 […]

  • Finding the Gems in the Rough: the mission to identify and serve the unknowing gifted

    Finding the Gems in the Rough: the mission to identify and serve the unknowing gifted

    By Sara Harrier Over the decades, education and resources for gifted youth have made significant contributions to the education and mental health fields.  Many thinkers have shed light on not just the intellectual differences of the gifted, but on the unique personality traits and social-emotional needs of this population.   And it’s been hugely liberating […]

  • Weed Girl – numbing her “rage to achieve”

    Weed Girl – numbing her “rage to achieve”

    Smoking weed, drinking and trying some other drugs, Weed Girl preferred the pot smoking which she explains “took the edge off of her brain.” This was the beginning of Weed Girl’s new lifestyle which landed her in jail and rehab several times each. Sadly, by the time I met her, Weed Girl was pretty convinced […]


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  • Gifted, talented: With or without the label and notable accomplishments

    Gifted, talented: With or without the label and notable accomplishments

    Giftedness often tied to achievement So much categorizing people as gifted children or adults emphasizes having achieved significantly, having some distinction – high IQ or SAT scores, having a bestseller book or movie or being a sport superstar. And with perfectionism and high levels of self criticism, many gifted and talented people feel they don’t […]

  • Publish your expertise to help others

    Publish your expertise to help others

    In their article What Is Brendon Burchard’s Experts Academy?, Drs. Phillip and Jane Mountrose note, “Many gifted individuals have expertise to share and this may include you. “The issue is how to make your expertise into a profitable business. Experts Academy with Brendon Burchard solves this problem. His goal is to turn you into a […]

  • 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 […]

  • Raising Gifted Kids: Carol S. Dweck on the Impact of Mind-set

    Raising Gifted Kids: Carol S. Dweck on the Impact of Mind-set

    When it’s too easy “Great accomplishment, and even what we call genius, is typically the result of years of passion and dedication and not something that flows naturally from a gift.” In her article The Secret to Raising Smart Kids, Stanford Professor of Psychology Carol S. Dweck writes about children “who coast through the early […]

  • Gifted, talented and still hiding out

    Gifted, talented and still hiding out

    To avoid being seen as too weird or different, and to fit in better with others, gifted people often learn to stifle or cover up their unusual cognitive and other abilities, which can lead to an enduring pattern of hiding. One of the interesting elements of the Disney movie “Frozen” is Queen Elsa having abilities […]

  • Career Planning for Gifted Adults

    Career Planning for Gifted Adults

    Article by Cathy Goodwin “James is so restless and energetic. I wonder if he’s hyperactive.” “Nancy seems to be all over the place. She’s got a dozen projects going at once!” “Harley does things so fast! He put up a website in two weeks.” “Marlene is so intense. She needs to lighten up.” While it’s […]

  • When the Gifted Grow up

    When the Gifted Grow up

    By Matthew C. Makel, Duke University Talent Identification Program What happens to gifted kids when they grow up? A hundred years ago, people feared that early ripe would lead to early rot, with gifted children growing up to lead difficult adulthoods. Numerous counterexamples have diminished that belief. Today, a more common discussion is about the […]

  • Gifted and mentally ill: A link between intellectual functioning and schizophrenia

    Gifted and mentally ill: A link between intellectual functioning and schizophrenia

    Elyn Saks’ private demons The photo is Oxford scholar, Yale law student, and USC legal professor Elyn Saks, who revealed in her memoir some of the “horrors and demons of schizophrenia,” as described in the article A secret life of madness, by John M. Glionna (Los Angeles Times), who writes that “she wrestled with uncouth […]

  • 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 […]

  • Lily Cole and gifted kids being bullied

    Lily Cole and gifted kids being bullied

    Lily Cole gained acclaim as a model, is an ambassador for the Body Shop, an actor (“Snow White and the Huntsman”), and last year achieved the academic honor of a Double First in History of Art from Cambridge University. The Wikipedia page notes she supports a variety of humanitarian and environmental causes. and “is passionate […]

  • Savant abilities and learning differences relate to developing multiple talents

    Savant abilities and learning differences relate to developing multiple talents

    Daniel Tammet is able to recite 22,514 digits of pi from memory. An author with autistic savant syndrome, he thinks such astounding abilities are not due to some cerebral or genetic fluke, but based on an associative form of thinking and imagination. He thinks differences between savant and non-savant minds have been exaggerated, to the […]

  • Smarter Than Others

    Smarter Than Others

    What happens if you realize you are smarter and more capable than most people? Do you celebrate being exceptional, or try to hide? Being different can be painful, but those who honestly acknowledge having greater abilities, and nurture them, can gain more fulfillment and perhaps recognition, and make a bigger impact on the world, than […]

  • 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 […]