Gifted Grownups

The Mixed Blessings of Extraordinary Potential

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Author: Marylou Kelly Streznewski

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: N.A

Category: Psychology

Page: 292

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What is it like to be smarter than 95% of the people you meet? Fifty-four-year-old Alison says, "They told me I was smart and I cried. I wanted to be sexy, or glamorous!" Jean, 38, laments, "I learned the whole job in six weeks, and now I'm bored." Gifted Grownups, Marylou Kelly Streznewski's unprecedented, 10-year study of 100 gifted adults, examines how being identified as a "smart kid" early on affects career choices, friendships, and romantic pairings later in life. Why do some talented and gifted people become Mozarts and Einsteins or corporate chieftains, while others drop out of school, struggle to hold down jobs, or turn to self-destructive behavior? What are the signs of giftedness, its pitfalls, and its promise? Marylou Streznewski provides answers to these and other questions, and creates an intriguing picture of what it is like to have an accelerated mind in a slow-moving world. Traditionally, the gifted were measured in terms of intelligence only, and anyone with an IQ score higher than 130 was automatically grouped in with that misunderstood minority. Recently "giftedness" has been redefined to include qualities like extraordinary creative, leadership, or physical skills. Heightened perception, sensitivity, humor, and the ability to put complex ideas together quickly are also aspects of giftedness. These gifts affect the way talented adults react to their friends, families, jobs, and life challenges. Doing for gifted grownups what the bestselling Driven to Distraction did for adults with attention deficit, Gifted Grownups traces many types of gifted adults, including the high-testing, power-achieving Striver; the popular scholar or athlete Superstar; and the creative intellectual, free-spirit Independent. Here for the first time and in their own words, 100 gifted grownups, from ages 18 to 90, and a variety of family and educational backgrounds, occupations, social classes, and races, count the blessings and tally the costs of a high-powered mind. "Highly informative and interesting."--Alice Miller, author of The Drama of the Gifted Child "This book was a delight. It affirmed my own experiences and observations. The author makes her study come alive . . . through the voices of real people talking about their experiences. . . . I highly recommend this book.i--Joanne Rand Whitmore, PhD, Professor and Dean College and Graduate School of Education, Kent State University "Many readers will recognize their own experiences.--Lita Linzer Schwartz, PhD, ABPP Distinguished Professor Emerita, Pennsylvania State University. "This thoughtful book . . . has taken us one step further in our understanding of how and why some talented individuals realize their potential while others do not."--Dr. Sally M. Reis, Professor of Educational Psychology, The University of Connecticut. "Gifted Grownups meets a long-awaited need. This book would be of interest, not only to gifted education professionals, but also to parents, teachers in general, and to gifted individuals of all ages.--E. Paul Torrance, Georgia Studies of Creative Behavior, author of Gifted and Talented Children in the Regular Classroom. ISBN 0-471-29580-9

Why Smart People Hurt

A Guide for the Bright, the Sensitive, and the Creative

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Author: Eric Maisel

Publisher: Conari Press

ISBN: 1609258851

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

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The challenges smart and creative people encounter—from scientific researchers, genius award winners, to bestselling novelists, Broadway actors, high-powered attorneys, and academics— often include anxiety, over-thinking, mania, sadness, and despair. Specifically, Dr. Maisel examines: “racing brain syndrome” living in an anti-intellectual culture finding ideas worth loving dealing with boredom and hypersensitivity finding meaning in their lives and their work struggling to achieve success In Why Smart People Hurt, psychologist Dr. Eric Maisel draws on his many years of work with the best and the brightest to pinpoint these often devastating challenges and offer solutions based on the groundbreaking principles and practices of natural psychology. His thoughtful strategies include using logic and creativity to cope with the problems of having a brain that goes into overdrive at the drop of a hat. With a series of questions at the end of each chapter, he guides the reader to create his or her own roadmap to a calm and meaningful life. Why Smart People Hurt is a must-read for parents of gifted children as well as the millions of smart and creative people that are searching for a more meaningful life. For more information please visit: www.whysmartpeoplehurt.com

Annemarie Roeper

Selected Writings and Speeches

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Author: Annemarie Roeper

Publisher: Free Spirit Pub

ISBN: 9780915793938

Category: Education

Page: 195

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A distinguished and beloved educator reflects on a lifetime of teaching, learning about, and advocating for gifted children.

Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults

ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger's, Depression, and Other Disorders

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Author: James T. Webb

Publisher: Great Potential Press, Inc.

ISBN: 0910707642

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 265

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Our brightest, most creative children and adults are often being misdiagnosed with behavioral and emotional disorders such as ADHD, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, Bipolar, OCD, or Asperger?s. Many receive unneeded medication and inappropriate counseling as a result. Physicians, psychologists, and counselors are unaware of characteristics of gifted children and adults that mimic pathological diagnoses. Six nationally prominent health care professionals describe ways parents and professionals can distinguish between gifted behaviors and pathological behaviors. ?These authors have brought to light a widespread and serious problem?the wasting of lives from the misdiagnosis of gifted children and adults and the inappropriate treatment that often follows.? Jack G. Wiggins, Ph. D., Former President, American Psychological Association

The Gifted Adult

A Revolutionary Guide for Liberating Everyday Genius(tm)

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Author: Mary-Elaine Jacobsen

Publisher: Ballantine Books

ISBN: 0804151741

Category: Psychology

Page: 416

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Are you relentlessly curious and creative, always willing to rock the boat in order to get things done . . . extremely energetic and focused, yet constantly switching gears . . . intensely sensitive, able to intuit subtly charged situations and decipher others' feeling? If these traits sound familiar, then you may be an Everyday Genius--an ordinary person of unusual vision who breaks the mold and isn't afraid to push progress forward. . . . As thought-provoking as Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence, psychologist Mary-Elaine Jacobsen's Gifted Adults draws on a wide range of groundbreaking research and her own clinical experience to show America's twenty million gifted adults how to identify and free their extraordinary potential. Gifted Adults presents the first practical tool for rating your Evolutionary Intelligence Quotient through an in-depth personality-type profile. Demystifying what it means to be a gifted adult, this book offers practical guidance for eliminating self-sabotage and underachievement, helping Everyday Geniuses and those who know, love, and work with them to understand and support the exceptional gifts inherent in these unique personality traits.

The Smart Teens' Guide to Living with Intensity

How to Get More Out of Life and Learning

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Author: Lisa Rivero

Publisher: Great Potential PressInc

ISBN: 9781935067009

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 144

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"This book is written for pre-teens and teens who love to learn, even if they don't necessarily love school. Discover yourself as an intense and excitable learner, a creative learner, and a self-directed learner. Read about how to manage perfectionism and self-talk, how to understand your parents better, and how to take charge of your education, whether you go to public school, private school, or homeschool"--Supplied by publisher.

Daily Afflictions

The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe

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Author: Andrew Boyd

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 9780393322811

Category: Humor

Page: 111

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Revolutionizing the best-selling genre, this thinking man's parody hijacks the format of daily affirmations but offers a different message: only in paradox, truth; only in darkness, light; only in affliction, affirmation. These "daily afflictions" offer readers inspiration, practical advice, and food for thought, as they navigate the jungle of existential terror that begins anew each day. We follow the fictional Brother Void on a spiritual journey, both profound and hilarious, into self, family, love, career, death?nd, ultimately, Enlightenment. We learn to "listen to our inner critic," appreciate "the nurturing power of dysfunctional families," "love the wrong person," "succeed at failure," "embrace our inner corpse," and, finally, withstand the "agony of being connected to everything in the Universe." Part spiritual autobiography, part ironic meditation, this tragicomic guide to life's sublime predicaments will elevate and educate the spirit. The truth will set you free, Brother Void reminds us, but first it will hurt like hell.

Bright Not Broken

Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism

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Author: Diane M. Kennedy,Rebecca S. Banks

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118101839

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 256

View: 403

The future of our society depends on our gifted children—the population in which we’ll find our next Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, or Virginia Woolf. Yet the gifts and talents of some of our most brilliant kids may never be recognized because these children fall into a group known as twice exceptional, or “2e.” Twice exceptional kids are both gifted and diagnosed with a disability—often ADHD or an Autism Spectrum Disorder—leading teachers and parents to overlook the child’s talents and focus solely on his weaknesses. Too often, these children get lost in an endless cycle of chasing diagnostic labels and are never given the tools to fully realize their own potential. Bright Not Broken sheds new light on this vibrant population by identifying who twice exceptional children are and taking an unflinching look at why they’re stuck. The first work to boldly examine the widespread misdiagnosis and controversies that arise from our current diagnostic system, it serves as a wake-up call for parents and professionals to question why our mental health and education systems are failing our brightest children. Most importantly, the authors show what we can do to help 2e children, providing a whole child model for parents and educators to strengthen and develop a child’s innate gifts while also intervening to support the deficits. Drawing on painstaking research and personal experience, Bright Not Broken offers groundbreaking insight and practical strategies to those seeking to help 2e kids achieve their full potential. Diane M. Kennedy, author of The ADHD-Autism Connection, is a long time advocate, international speaker/trainer, and mother of three twice-exceptional sons. Rebecca S. Banks, M.A., co-author of The ADHD-Autism Connection, is a veteran educator, national speaker/trainer, and mother of two twice-exceptional children. Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is a professor, prolific author, and one of the most accomplished and renowned adults with autism in the world.

Genius Denied

How to Stop Wasting Our Brightest Young Minds

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Author: Jan Davidson,Bob Davidson,Laura Vanderkam

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781416595687

Category: Education

Page: 256

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With all the talk of failing schools these days, we forget that schools can fail their brightest students, too. We pledge to "leave no child behind," but in American schools today, thousands of gifted and talented students fall short of their potential. In Genius Denied, Jan and Bob Davidson describe the "quiet crisis" in education: gifted students spending their days in classrooms learning little beyond how to cope with boredom as they "relearn" material they've already mastered years before. This lack of challenge leads to frustration, underachievement, and even failure. Some gifted students become severely depressed. At a time when our country needs a deep intellectual talent pool, the squandering of these bright young minds is a national tragedy. There are hundreds of thousands of highly gifted children in the U.S. and millions more whose intelligence is above average, yet few receive the education they deserve. Many school districts have no gifted programs or offer only token enrichment classes. Education of the gifted is in this sorry state, say the Davidsons, because of indifference, lack of funding, and the pernicious notion that education should have a "leveling" effect, a one-size-fits-all concept that deliberately ignores the needs of the gifted. But all children are entitled to an appropriate education, insist the authors, those left behind as well as those who want to surge ahead. The Davidsons show parents and educators how to reach and challenge gifted students. They offer practical advice based on their experience as founders of a nonprofit organization that assists gifted children. They show parents how to become their children's advocates, how to win support for gifted students within the local schools, and when and how to go outside the school system. They discuss everything from acceleration ("skipping" a grade) to homeschooling and finding mentors for children. They tell stories of real parents and students who overcame poor schooling environments to discover the joy of learning. Genius Denied is an inspiring book that provides a beacon of hope for children at risk of losing their valuable gift of intellectual potential.

Searching for Meaning

Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope

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Author: James T. Webb

Publisher: Anodyne, Incorporated DBA Great Potential Press, Incorporated

ISBN: 9781935067221

Category: Conduct of life

Page: 210

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Many bright idealists find themselves disillusioned and they may experience existential depression as they examine their lives and search for meaningfulness. This book includes information and suggestions for actions that can better manage their feelings and thoughts in ways that provide a sense of satisfaction and contentment.

Bright Adults

Uniqueness and Belonging Across the Lifespan

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Author: Ellen Fiedler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781935067412

Category:

Page: N.A

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Ellen Fiedler explores the unique challenges faced by bright and gifted adults through life stages, beginning with age 18 and on through old age. She addresses the needs to belong, for generativity, to contribute to the world, and find some meaning in life when faced with issues of multipotentiality, identity crises, and feelings of isolation.

Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted

30 Essays on Giftedness, 30 Years of SENG

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Author: Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted

Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub

ISBN: 9781480052291

Category: Child rearing

Page: 202

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To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) offers a collection of 30 essays from leading experts in the gifted community. The essays provide an overview and resource for anyone who works with or cares for the gifted, from gifted adults and teens to parents of gifted children, educators, counselors or medical professionals. Some of the topics include: parenting gifted children living with the intensity that often accompanies giftedness counseling and educating gifted individuals giftedness in diverse communities and special needs populations the role of teachers and other professionals in the lives of the gifted first-person essays describing the challenges and joys of giftedness in children and adults Contributors to this collection include Angela Arenivar, Rose Blackett, Dina Brulles, Marc Caplan, Lori Comallie-Caplan, Christine Fonseca, Rosina M. Gallagher, Jean Goerss, Judith Wynn Halsted, Jane Hesslein, Holly Hughes, Joseph Hughes, Tiombe-Bisa Kendrick, Carolyn Kottmeyer, Marianne Kuzujanakis, Sharon Lind, Linda Neumann, Vidisha Patel, Steven Pfeiffer, Sheri Plybon, Michael Postma, Amy Price, Helen Prince, Carol Raymond, Sylvia Rimm, Lisa Rivero, Patricia Schuler, Beverly Shaklee, Michael Shaughnessy, Wenda Sheard, Jeremy Tardy and James T. Webb.

Developing Multiple Talents

The Personal Side of Creative Expression

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Author: Douglas Eby

Publisher: Douglas Eby

ISBN: 9781463663964

Category: Psychology

Page: 218

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This is a brief overview of some of the key aspects of our personality and inner life that can affect how well we access and express creative talents. Especially for teens and adults with multipotentiality. Included are references to creativity research, perspectives of psychologists, creativity coaches and personal development leaders, as well as comments by a wide range of actors, directors, writers and other creative people. A free PDF version of the book is available to purchasers of the paperback.

The Boy Who Played with Fusion

Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting, and How to Make a Star

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Author: Tom Clynes

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0544085116

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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Offers an account of child genius Taylor Wilson's successful quest to build his own nuclear reactor at the age of 14, and an exploration of how gifted children can be nurtured to do extraordinary things. 35,000 first printing. Illustrations.

Gifted Workers

Hitting the Target

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Author: Noks Nauta,Sieuwke Ronner

Publisher: Bigbusinesspublishers

ISBN: 9789491757297

Category:

Page: 174

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Living and working with giftedness is not always easy - either for the gifted themselves or for the people around them. Potentially, gifted people are original, creative, full of vitality, passionate and constructive employees. They are very valuable, both in their jobs and in society. But not all gifted people succeed in making their talents visible. They lose track and get trapped in their own pitfalls. A potentially powerfully creative personality without clear direction may best be compared to an unguided missile. Someone who cannot be coached, cannot collaborate or communicate, a know-it-all, an antisocial, elusive person. Among colleagues and employers (and among partners and friends) this behavior creates irritation, anxiety and uncertainty. Talents remain hidden and a vicious cycle starts. Gifted people lose direction in life and work, and lose their way. What a waste of all that talent.... ! This book presents eleven case studies of gifted adults, each trying to find his or her own way after losing direction. Often a trigger from the environment was needed for them to start their individual voyages of discovery. The authors occupational physician and psychologist Noks Nauta and psychologist Sieuwke Ronner take their examples from their personal and professional experiences. In addition to these case histories, which gifted people often recognize from their own experiences and which they identify with sometimes smiling, sometimes crying the authors also offer concrete tools that may help gifted people to find their talents and put them to good use. Employers, occupational and insurance physicians, psychologists, career coaches, human resource managers and others who come into contact with gifted employees, can also benefit from this book. The goal is to help recognize talent, even when it is hidden, acknowledge people's gifts and help the gifted and their talents to grow and flourish."

The Tiger's Wife

A Novel

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Author: Tea Obreht

Publisher: Random House Incorporated

ISBN: 0385343841

Category: Fiction

Page: 353

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Struggling to understand why her beloved grandfather left his family to die alone in a field hospital far from home, a young doctor in a war-torn Balkan country takes over her grandfather's search for a mythical ageless vagabond while referring to a worncopy of Rudyard Kipling's "The Jungle Book."

Living with Intensity

Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults

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Author: Michael Marian Piechowski

Publisher: Great Potential Press, Inc.

ISBN: 0910707898

Category: Education

Page: 305

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Gifted children and adults are often misunderstood. Their excitement is viewed as excessive, their high energy as hyperactivity, their persistence as nagging, their imagination as not paying attention, their passion as being disruptive, their strong emotions and sensitivity as immaturity, their creativity and self-directedness as oppositional. This resource describes these overexcitabilities and strategies for dealing with children and adults who are experiencing them, and provides essential information about Dabrowski's Theory of Positive Disintegration. Learn practical methods for nurturing sensitivity, intensity, perfectionism, and much more.

Mastering Creative Anxiety

24 Lessons for Writers, Painters, Musicians, and Actors from America's Foremost Creativity Coach

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Author: Eric Maisel

Publisher: New World Library

ISBN: 157731932X

Category: PERFORMING ARTS

Page: 259

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In his decades as a psychotherapist and creativity coach, Eric Maisel has found a common thread behind what often gets labeled ?writer's block,” ?procrastination,” or ?stage fright.” It's the particular anxiety that, paradoxically, keeps creators from doing, completing, or sharing the work they are driven toward. This ?creative anxiety” can take the form of avoiding the work, declaring it not good enough, or failing to market it ? and it can cripple creators for decades, even lifetimes. But Maisel has learned what sets successful creators apart. He shares these strategies here, including artist-specific stress management; how to work despite bruised egos, day jobs, and other inevitable frustrations; and what not to do to deal with anxiety. Implementing these 24 lessons replaces the pain of not creating with the profound rewards of free artistic self-expression. * Practical insights and proven techniques for overcoming the challenges and fears that plague creators of every kind * Teaching tales that convey effective approaches to creating fearlessly and abundantly

Winger

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Author: Andrew Smith

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1442444940

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 448

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A teen at boarding school grapples with life, love, and rugby in this unforgettable novel that is “alternately hilarious and painful, awkward and enlightening” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy. Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications with the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart. Filled with hand-drawn infographics and illustrations and told in a pitch-perfect voice, this realistic depiction of a teen’s experience strikes an exceptional balance of hilarious and heartbreaking.