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Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined Paperback – March 24, 2015
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"Kaufman presents a convincing 'theory of personal intelligence.' But what emerges most clearly is how all children--gifted, disabled or simply humming with untapped abilities--need a fine-tuned, holistic education to shine in their own extraordinary ways."―Nature
"Kaufman makes a convincing case for incorporating valuable but less easily measured attributes into our view of intelligence.... Most powerfully, Kaufman illustrates the importance of uncovering what gives each person his or her own brand of intelligence, taking into account individual goals, psychologies and brain chemistry."―Scientific American Mind
"A good read...introduces the reader to the world of intelligence testing in a highly literate style and pulls back the curtain on some very bad practices in public schools.... Kaufman makes a strong case that anyone can be great, even the 'ungifted.'"―Post and Courier
"A warmly human and coolly scientific survey of both the reductive and the liberating fruits of two centuries of cognitive research."―The Scientist
"Fascinating.... A smart, lucid, and down-to-earth exposition of the underlying neuroscience and the contentious history of theories of intelligence.... Blending incisive analysis with a warm sympathy for intellectual insecurities--and potential--Kaufman demonstrates that even the most ordinary mind is a strange and wondrous gift."―Publishers Weekly
"Kaufman makes a convincing case that stereotyping students is not only unsupported by research, but also discriminatory.... An inspiring, informative affirmation of human potential combined with an overview of historical developments in standardized tests, cognitive psychology and current research."―Kirkus Reviews
"A moving personal story of overcoming the effects of having been labeled as learning disabled, and at the same time a wide ranging exploration of a set of fascinating topics related to ability, learning, and achievement. An inspiring account that should both educate and give hope to children, teachers, and parents."―Ellen Winner, professor of psychology, Boston College, and author of Gifted Children: Myths and Realities
"Ungifted provides a wealth of information about unlocking the potential of those at all levels of the IQ and personality scales. It is interwoven with the author's early life history, which was a tragedy of misdiagnosis."―
"Ungifted insightfully interweaves a personal story with scientific research to prove that many of us have special gifts that can lead to greatness. Scott Barry Kaufman shows that we just cannot let others tell us what those gifts are."―Dean Keith Simonton, distinguished professor of psychology, University of California, Davis, and author of Origins of Genius
About the Author
Scott Barry Kaufman is Scientific Director of the Imagination Institute in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his doctorate at Yale, his M. Phil. at the University of Cambridge under a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, and his undergraduate degree at Carnegie Mellon University. He is cofounder of The Creativity Post, and writes the blog Beautiful Minds for Scientific American. Kaufman lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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For my own purposes, I am a pastor who looks at the potential of the members of my congregation with an eye toward releasing their capabilities so they can find fulfillment in their service, and discover with appreciation how they have been uniquely created. This is a powerful reference tool for processing the relevant categories toward this end. I am also a parent of 3 very different children and this book has moved me forward considerably in how I can best understand their developmental needs as I equip them for life.
Having read several books within the spectrum Mr. Kaufmann has addressed, I can without reservation say that he has portrayed their main insights with appropriate brevity while at the same time leveraging their substance toward a very practical end. It is difficult for me to be too critical of this book because it is one of the few that I have read that has been able to pull off such a global portrayal of the key issues involved in personal development. (Any negative aspects of this book are probably left for more critical reviewers). Needless to say, it has served to facilitate many things in my own journey, and so at this point I'm seeing it through a more charitable and heuristic lens.
I have purchased hundreds of books on Amazon and have never been motivated to write a review. However this one has impacted me so much that I just wanted to say to the author, "Thank You!"
This book was helpful in understanding my daughter who has autism. It is also helpful as I teach innovation to a diverse group of colleagues.
My one wish is that the author would have described more what he discovered about his intelligence. That was like a cliffhanger that didn't get resolved for me.