Alissa Quart read at age 3 and wrote her first novel when she was 7, and "writes about pressures put on children, especially gifted children and prodigies, that encourage perfectionism, performance anxiety and lifelong feelings of not being able to keep up," according to a newspaper article ["Prodigies and the push to excel," by Debora Vrana, Los Angeles Times Sept 30 2006.]
Her father especially, Quart said, was "hell-bent on bettering my lot — and by extension our family’s lot — and keep me from languishing in what he considered the Blank Generation." He "drilled her on such cultural trivia as the names of B-movie actresses, and on revolutionary movements and vocabulary. Some parents see gifted children as some sort of insurance as they try to navigate the middle class without a safety net, Quart said.
The article adds, "Quart names this pressure to achieve the ‘Icarus Effect,’ after the story of Icarus. who flew too high, the wings melted and he fell to the sea. While Quart never fell into the sea, she said she struggled with a ‘distinct feeling of failure’ as she grew older, in part because of the high expectations placed on her."
Alissa Quart is the author of Hothouse Kids: The Dilemma of the Gifted Child. http://vsb.li/ldewVb
Quotes from the "Pressure to Perform" section of my book "Developing Multiple Talents: The personal side of creative expression"
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