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  • Striving for excellence: "Perfectionism has taken a bum rap."

    Striving for excellence: “Perfectionism has taken a bum rap.”

    “She can be quite murderously challenging in her perfectionism. Take Twenty: ‘Are you sure that’s good enough?’ [Kidman says.] “We’re going, [wearily] ‘Yeah.’ ” Director Jane Campion about working with Nicole Kidman on “Portrait of a Lady” Campion also said of her: “She gets a bee in her bonnet, and she’s off. She’s excited. And […]

  • Acknowledge your talents - Admit your gifts

    Acknowledge your talents – Admit your gifts

    High aspirations Golf champion Michelle Wie has said she doesn’t simply want to be known as someone who won the most LPGA tournaments in history: “I want to be known as doing stuff that no one ever thought of… I want to be known as people that changed the world and people that change how […]

  • Excitabilities and Gifted People – an intro by Susan Daniels

    Excitabilities and Gifted People – an intro by Susan Daniels

    Video excerpts from the SENGinar (a webinar by SENG): “Understanding Overexcitabilities – The Joys and the Challenges” Presented by Susan Daniels, PhD – January 31, 2011 Description from the SENG site: Overexcitabilites – psychomotor, sensual, intellectual, imaginational and emotional – are often presented as personality traits and behaviors to be managed in terms of interactions […]

  • Where do you get perfectionism: From the inside out or the outside in?

    Where do you get perfectionism: From the inside out or the outside in?

    By Lisa Erickson, MS, LMHC I’ve been thinking about varieties of perfectionism since having a discussion with a gifted trauma survivor. It became clear that some of their perfectionism was an expression of giftedness and some was related to family of origin issues. Same outcome, different sources. Does the source of perfectionism matter? I think […]

  • You think you're so smart. You're too verbal...too sensitive

    You think you’re so smart. You’re too verbal…too sensitive

    A number of movies include gifted and talented characters, and depict a variety of characteristics related to exceptional people that are positive – but these qualities also can generate not so positive reactions from others, such as “You think you’re so smart,” or, “You’re too verbal… too bossy… too nerdy… too sensitive.” And, of course, we may still […]

  • The genius brain: Psychiatrist Darold Treffert on savants and hidden potential

    The genius brain: Psychiatrist Darold Treffert on savants and hidden potential

    In his article Is There A Little Rain Man In Each Of Us?, Darold Treffert, MD asks if it is possible “to tap and use those still existent, but less frequently used, capacities and circuits, with some of their savant-like characteristics, in those of us more wedded to left brain capacity and higher level memory?” […]


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  • Gifted adults and genius stereotypes: Brilliant and flawed

    The brilliant Dr. House Asked how her character Dr. Allison Cameron in the tv series “House” can be so attracted to Dr. Gregory House [played by Hugh Laurie], actor Jennifer Morrison agreed House is a “misanthrope” but thinks he also has “that rebellious Renaissance man thing going that women find endlessly attractive. “House speaks 10 […]

  • Gifted Adult Development: Unrecognized or Eminent

    Gifted Adult Development: Unrecognized or Eminent

    Emily Dickenson In her article Unrecognized Giftedness: The Frustrating Case of the Gifted Adult, Marylou Kelly Streznewski (author of the book Gifted Grownups) writes of Emily Dickinson: “Her story is well known: the seven poems published in a minor magazine as a favor by a friend; the fifteen hundred brilliant compositions tied in ribboned packets, […]

  • The mind of gifted adults: Difference is not deficit

    “Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this something, at whatever cost, must be attained.” Marie Curie Challenges of adult giftedness In her article Discovering the Gifted Ex-Child, Stephanie […]

  • Dealing with Fame: Eminence and ego and distorted relationships

    Dealing with Fame: Eminence and ego and distorted relationships

    “The downside of my celebrity is that I cannot go anywhere in the world without being recognized.” Stephen Hawking Just who has the ego problem? One sense of the word “ego” is a distorted self-regard, what psychologist Carl Jung referred to as “inflated consciousness… hypnotized by itself.” But high level achievement often brings with it […]

  • Do talented, gifted students get appreciated and supported?

    Do talented, gifted students get appreciated and supported?

    Gifted children left behind A number of people in the arts, sciences and other fields achieve eminence for their exceptional abilities, but what of the many more who aren’t acclaimed in public ways? And what about talented children? The photo caption is: “Speech being delivered by an Academy student” – and comes from the site […]

  • Gifted, Talented, Creative, Anxious

    Gifted, Talented, Creative, Anxious

    “I still have pretty much the same fears I had as a kid. I’m not sure I’d want to give them up; a lot of these insecurities fuel the movies I make.” Steven Spielberg There can be many flavors of insecurity, self-criticism, stress and anxiety related to being gifted, talented and creative. Some experiences, such […]

  • Is uncommon intelligence or intensity a gift?

    Is uncommon intelligence or intensity a gift?

    Willem Kuipers is author of the book Enjoying the Gift of Being Uncommon: Extra Intelligent, Intense, and Effective. Read the Foreword by Linda Silverman (and see link to the author’s site) in the post The Gift of Being Uncommon. In a section of the book – Is it a Gift to be Uncommon? – he […]

  • Parenting gifted kids is not for sissies

    Parenting gifted kids is not for sissies

    The images show English professor Dr. Joshua Larabee (Laurence Fishburne) coaching Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer) for the National Spelling Bee in the movie Akeelah and the Bee (2006) [DVD]. The ‘right schools’ Parents are faced with many challenges, strategic and emotional, when it comes to helping their gifted kids develop multiple talents. Such as getting […]

  • Exceptional abilities: Energy healing & psychic ability

    Exceptional abilities: Energy healing & psychic ability

    Adam Dreamhealer is considered a gifted distant energy healer and author. From a news story [Adam the Healer - Nineteen-Year-Old Says His Touch Can Cure Diseases, ABCNews ABC.com July 13, 2006] : Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard Medical School and the Mind/Body Center says it does not surprise him that people improve or are even […]

  • 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 […]

  • High sensitivity, gifted adults, disorder

    High sensitivity, gifted adults, disorder

    Being highly sensitive is a common experience for many, if not most, gifted people. It is related to intensity and excitabilities such as emotional, intellectual and imaginational – and especially sensory. Mary-Elaine Jacobsen comments in an article of hers about the high sensitivity aspect of giftedness. Here are a few excerpts: “It appears that highly […]

  • 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 […]