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The Gifted Adult: A Revolutionary Guide for Liberating Everyday Genius(tm) Paperback – November 28, 2000
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"PROVOCATIVE . . . UNLOCKS THE KIND OF PASSION THAT GREAT INVENTIONS ARE MADE OF."
--New York Daily News
"Takes readers beyond the myths and stereotypes about talent and genius . . . Everyone interested in maximizing intelligence, creativity, or productivity will want to read this book."
--MAUREEN NEIHART, PSY.D.
Contributing editor, Gifted Child Quarterly
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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.
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I had all the common signs of an unidentified GT child. I grew up in lower socioeconomic area and quickly labeled "rebellious". I eventually took ownership of the title and created a pretty rough reputation. I despised school and never did well, and even forced a couple teacher to resign with my sharp wit and ability to control a classroom. I eventually got heavy into drugs and dropped out of school my senior year. Fast forward a decade, went to college and was on the deans list every semester. All the accolades society deemed valuable I achieved. I felt for the first time validated because I always knew in my heart I wasn't stupid. I married a wonderful woman who teaches elementary. She's the type of teacher you pray your child gets. She became the GT liaison for her district a few years ago. Slowly over time she began talking to me about what she had been learning and how she believed it applied to my life. Of course I couldn't fathom the idea of ME being "Gifted". The more I researched the more enthralled I became. I couldn't care less about being "gifted" but having finally identified myself as not crazy has done tremendous good for me. Finally coming across people who are like me has been healing. This book has had me in tears at times just due to its relevance in my life. The idea that millions of children are forced to repeat this same pattern with a possibly worse outcome breaks my heart. I'm just a few years into unearthing myself from the depths of my childhood and formal education with the hopes to have an impact on the future GT children who don't yet have a voice. if you have even a hint of and idea you may be a gifted adult or married to someone who is, READ THIS BOOK!
Instead of identifying giftedness based on IQ scores (or similar metrics), the book provides an interesting and original survey that enables to scale oneself intelligence based on those 3 features (intensity, drive and complexity). The originality of the book is related to the way giftedness is defined, that is people whom the main characteristics are high intensity, drive and complexity. The way the author defines genius as intensity, complexity and drive helped me to understand not what's wrong with me but what's right with me and how to best mange these gifts. Until I read this book these gifts often felt like a liability more so than anything else.
On the downside, it's not a page-turning crime novel. I advise reading it whilst not being distracted, but taking the time to read it while your head can focus. Also, It's written from the assumption the gifted adult in question doesn't know they're gifted, so it's not going to be as helpful if you were aware of being gifted as a child. Unfortunately, I wasn't, so this book is indeed a very insightful guide for those of us who did not have an easy time or who didn't attend the right schools. I have definitely found myself floundering as an adult when have found my skills to be a great hindrance at times.
If you are a deeply intelligent person and yet you're struggling to function in a world where the rules of conduct seem both stupidly simple and yet infuriatingly difficult at the same time; you should definitely check out the ideas in this book.