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Fear and anxiety and being more creative

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“I don’t want to go to work with my eyes closed. I want to wake up and be scared. I like not knowing what to expect.” Charlize Theron

 

The quality and intensity of fear we call anxiety can both motivate, or disrupt, our capacity for creative expression.

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Highly Sensitive, Gifted, Not Disordered | High Ability

Highly Sensitive, Gifted, Not Disordered | High Ability | High Ability | Scoop.it

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 sensory.

Mary-Elaine Jacobsen comments in an article of hers about the high sensitivity aspect of giftedness.

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Emotional health for creative, gifted, highly sensitive people - YouTube

Emotional health for creative, gifted, highly sensitive people

 

Creative, sensitive, gifted kids & adults can "ride their waves of emotion instead of being flooded by them." The Social-Emotional ACES Home Video Program http://thecreativemind.net/ACES

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Impostor Syndrome and Creative People - YouTube

Impostor Syndrome - "How to Thrive in Spite of It" - site of Dr. Valerie Young.
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“The assumption that you have to know everything before you consider yourself competent is a big reason why you – and a lot of other people – walk around feeling like a clueless fraud.” ~ Dr. Valerie Young


Many talented and creative people experience impostor or fraud feelings and beliefs about themselves, despite their accomplishments.

How can we change those feelings to be more confident and creative?

Read more in post: Overcome Impostor Feelings
http://talentdevelop.com/2434/

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Gifted and Shy: Kubrick; Kidman and others | High Ability

Gifted and Shy: Kubrick; Kidman and others | High Ability | High Ability | Scoop.it
Many people in the arts are shy or introverted. Stanley Kubrick was called shy by one of his actors, and Nicole Kidman has said "I am really shy."
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Gifted Children: What Happens When They Grow Up?

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Gifted Children: What Happens When They Grow Up?

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You're intense, complex, and driven because you're gifted

You're intense, complex, and driven because you're gifted | High Ability | Scoop.it

Author Mary-Elaine Jacobsen writes about the experience of being exceptional:

"To feel like an outsider, to constantly pressure yourself to hold back your gifts in order to fit in or avoid disapproval, to erroneously believe that you are overly sensitive, compulsively perfectionistic, and blindly driven, to live without knowing the basic truths about the core of your being – too often this is the life of Everyday Geniuses who have been kept in the dark about who they are and misinformed about their differences.

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Robin Williams’s Comedic Genius Was Not a Result of Mental Illness, but His Suicide Was

Robin Williams’s Comedic Genius Was Not a Result of Mental Illness, but His Suicide Was | High Ability | Scoop.it
This romanticism of mental illness needs to stop.
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Douglas Eby's curator insight, August 14, 2014 4:33 PM

James Thurman Webb, PhD commented in a Facebook post about Robin Williams: "I have no doubt that he was a highly gifted man who struggled with existential depression. His intensity, sensitivity, and search for life meaning, characteristic of so many gifted people, permeated his life."

Intensity was an almost defining quality of Williams (and many gifted artists and other people). Polish Psychiatrist and Psychologist Kazimierz Dabrowski defined this intensity as overexcitability: an abundance of physical, sensual, creative, intellectual and emotional energy. As Dr. Webb and others have pointed out, intensity and other characteristics of giftedness may be misinterpreted as pathology.

One of my articles: What do you do with your intensity? [which links to a number of related articles] http://talentdevelop.com/2475/what-do-you-do-with-your-intensity/

Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, August 16, 2014 2:30 PM

For those who suffer with mental illness, there is nothing "romantic" about it or how it affects their lives and the lives of those around them. Mental illness is as debilitating and harmful as any other illness, maybe more so because people "appear normal". Yes, Williams was a comedic genius. Tragically, mental illness led to his death. There is nothing romantic about the loss of human life. 

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Talented, But Insecure | Developing Multiple Talents

Talented, But Insecure | Developing Multiple Talents | High Ability | Scoop.it

Many highly talented and creative people talk about being self-critical, having poor self-esteem, and experiencing impostor feelings.


Emily Mortimer, like many talented people, experiences impostor feelings: "I’m convinced I’m terrible and I’m going to get fired.”

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Sharrock's curator insight, February 3, 2015 11:03 AM

Psychologist Anne Paris, PhD explains in her article A New Approach to Igniting and Sustaining Creativity, “Contrary to how we’ve been taught to value independence and autonomy, this new scientific evidence is showing that we are at our best when we are connected with others.”


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Valerie Young on the Expert Trap | TalentDevelop

Valerie Young on the Expert Trap | TalentDevelop | High Ability | Scoop.it
Career mentor Valerie Young notes You're especially prone to the Expert Trap if you mistakenly believe that competence and expertise are one and the same.
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Dr. Young is an expert on impostor syndrome and commented in an Entrepreneur magazine article: “Millions of people, from entrepreneurs to celebrities, have a hard time internalizing their accomplishments.”

> See article: Getting beyond impostor feelings.
http://talentdevelop.com/2434/dealing-with-self-sabotage-getting-beyond-impostor-feelings/

Learn more about her programs at Changing Course – “Live life on purpose – Work at what you love – Follow your own road” http://theinnerentrepreneur.com/ChangingCourse

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The Common Character Trait of Geniuses - YouTube

Geniuses like Isaac Newton and Richard Feynman both had the ability to concentrate with a sort of intensity that is hard for mortals to grasp. Transcript -- ...
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Tony Hsieh: Be smart and talented, not egotistical | TalentDevelop

Tony Hsieh: Be smart and talented, not egotistical | TalentDevelop | High Ability | Scoop.it
Many sensitive people have difficulty with being confident, but going too far toward egotism can interfere with personal growth and creativity.
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You think you're so smart. You're too verbal...too sensitive | High Ability

You think you're so smart. You're too verbal...too sensitive | High Ability | High Ability | Scoop.it
Movies with gifted and talented characters may depict positive reactions to characteristics, but also some not so positive reactions to exceptional people.
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Giftedness at War with Itself: All I Want Is a Good Night’s Sleep

Giftedness at War with Itself: All I Want Is a Good Night’s Sleep | High Ability | Scoop.it

By Sarah Swenson, MA, LMHCA

"One of the frequent sources of anxiety mentioned by clients in my specialty psychotherapy practice of working with intellectually gifted individuals is the fear of obliteration of consciousness at death.

 

"To them, Being and Nothingness is not just a thick book by Jean Paul Sartre. As a concept, it presents a nagging source of panic attacks for some, of restless nights for others."

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The HSP-GT-2E Social-Emotional ACES Program | High Ability

The HSP-GT-2E Social-Emotional ACES Program | High Ability | High Ability | Scoop.it
The Social-Emotional ACES Home Video Program is designed to help creative, intense, sensitive people be skilled experts in the Social-Emotional arena.
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Creative people feeling like misfits

Creative people feeling like misfits | High Ability | Scoop.it
Creative people feeling like misfits
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Sharon M. Barnes, MSSW, LCSW, Therapist For Sensitive And Gifted, works with children, teens and adults who are creative, sensitive, intense, and often gifted people.

She comments that "many creative, sensitive, intelligent and/or gifted youth and adults feel like misfits, or as many have expressed, like aliens from a different planet."

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Gifted Women: Exceptional And Challenged | High Ability

Gifted Women: Exceptional And Challenged | High Ability | High Ability | Scoop.it
Some may feel pain at being different from "the way women are supposed to be" and hide their abilities to "fit in" with more "normal" society.


An honors graduate of Harvard Law School, Tama J. Kievesleft her practice with a large corporate law firm to write, coach and lead workshops on reaching meaningful self-expression.


In her book “This Time I Dance!..” Kieves encourages the honoring of our intuitve wisdom, and releasing constraints based too much on reason alone:

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Sylvia Rimm on Perfectionism in the Gifted

Sylvia Rimm on Perfectionism in the Gifted | High Ability | Scoop.it
When perfectionism interferes with productive achievement and a happy lifestyle, it is a social and an emotional problem.


“I was at dance school doing about 35 hours practice a week until I was 14. Then ballet started to grate – the whole idea of trying to attain perfection started to ruin the experience.” Mia Wasikowska (Photo from “Alice in Wonderland.”)

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Screening and Discussion: Gifted Children and the RISE Documentary

Screening and Discussion: Gifted Children and the RISE Documentary | High Ability | Scoop.it
In this film, twelve children, teens and young adults speak candidly about their unique and diverse experiences as gifted individuals.

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Finding the Gems in the Rough: The Unknowing Gifted

Finding the Gems in the Rough: The Unknowing Gifted | High Ability | Scoop.it
Many gifted adults, regardless of whether they participated in gifted education in their youth, still don’t identify as gifted in adulthood.
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Guilty about being exceptional | High Ability

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Being highly talented and exceptional can engender a complex mix of feelings about your self and how you relate to your advanced abilities, and to others.


Rachel Weisz said she felt guilty about "any success..as if I was depriving someone else."

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Intensity and Being Creative | Developing Multiple Talents

Intensity and Being Creative | Developing Multiple Talents | High Ability | Scoop.it

Lupita Nyong'o, Jennifer Lawrence and many other highly talented actors are acclaimed for their intensity. An interviewer wrote: "All throughout our lunch, the part of Lawrence that never let up was a kind of intense engagement with the world or the person in front of her."


A personality trait that may often accompany high sensitivity (experienced by many, or most, gifted and creative people) is high intensity.

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Gifted children get ignored in school despite huge future contribution ...

Gifted children get ignored in school despite huge future contribution ... | High Ability | Scoop.it
The authors of the largest ever study of the profoundly gifted question whether the education system is providing enough support for highly talented young people. The US study, published in the journal Psychological Science, ...
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iPamba's curator insight, January 12, 2014 9:51 AM

Do children with learning difficulties automatically receive extra help? Experiences often suggest otherwise. And we should be careful to resist any tendency to simplify complex realities into either/or polarities. Learning difficulties may co-exist with giftedness, and giftedness may be concealed behind poverty and other social and emotional roadblocks. Education systems and measures are not neutral. Were we to invest resources into enabling each child to blossom and grow, our future would be less dependent on nurturing the full potential of the relative few who meet the standard criteria and measures for giftedness. 

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Surprised to be gifted: the inner world of unrecognized giftedness

Surprised to be gifted: the inner world of unrecognized giftedness | High Ability | Scoop.it

"When I was little I was labelled Gifted. There's such residual confusion mixed up with that phrase. I'm not bragging (there's nothing to brag about).

 

"What I realize now is that I wasn’t technically bored with the subject matter, I was apalled by the purpose.  I could sense I was being groomed for a profession.  Suddenly everyone’s focus, if not on getting drunk or laid, was the requirement that we pick a college and a major and a career.

"I’ve been suffering a perpetual mid-life crisis since I was 15."

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Growing up exceptional: 'Rare insight or crazy.'

Growing up exceptional: 'Rare insight or crazy.' | High Ability | Scoop.it

Being exceptional may cause a variety of reactions; some of those responses are supportive, but others can discourage or discount one's talents.

 

“I got that whole precocious thing [as a child]. I had no reason to doubt my own abilities or not share my opinion. The adults were offended, and the kids were resentful. I was persona non grata in both camps for quite a while.” Diane Lane

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How Can a Jack of All Trades Be Master of Most? | TalentDevelop

How Can a Jack of All Trades Be Master of Most? | TalentDevelop | High Ability | Scoop.it

By Angie Dixon

"I love the myth of the Jack of All Trades. Well, not exactly. I love to talk and teach about the myth of the Jack of All Trades Master of None, because I know that it is a myth.

"I love to watch what happens when someone realizes that Jack of All Trades is the new superhero — that being multipassionate and multitalented means that you can do incredible things, in large quantities."

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