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The Font of Genius - Tehelka

EVERYONE KNOWS Satyajit Ray was a great filmmaker. But not many are aware that he was also a prolific composer, writer, illustrator and designer who created hundreds of advertising campaigns, wrote and illustrated books for children and adults, edited magazines and...

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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, 1:33 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, 11:30 AM

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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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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Books - High Ability

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Books by multiple authors on growing up gifted, and being an exceptional, gifted and creative adult.

 

Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD writes in his book "Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined": “In every way, and at every turn, I seemed out of sync with my peers. I was living in my own head, and consequently people treated me like I was disabled.” … “What is talent, really? Everyone throws the term around like they know what it means."

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Striving For Excellence and Being a Perfectionist

Striving For Excellence and Being a Perfectionist | High Ability | Scoop.it

Linda Kreger Silverman, PhD, Director of the Gifted Development Center, says “Excellence is the hard-won prize of those whose zeal and dedication are fueled by the drive to attain perfection, as they envision it.”

But actor Mia Wasikowska commented, "Ballet started to grate – the whole idea of trying to attain perfection started to ruin the experience."

Eric Maisel thinks "For an artist, the absence of positive obsessions leads to long periods of blockage, repetitive work that bores the artist himself, and existential ailments of all sorts.”

 

 

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Gifted adults in the workplace: Nerds or heroes or misfits | TalentDevelop

Gifted adults in the workplace: Nerds or heroes or misfits | TalentDevelop | High Ability | Scoop.it
High ability people may have problems with co-workers because of being more efficient, knowing more, and learning faster, which may create social tension.
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Intensity and Being Creative | Developing Multiple Talents

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

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

 

Nicole Kidman gave a nice description of what many other actors and other artists experience: “You live with a lot of complicated emotions as an actor, and they whirl around you and create havoc at times. And yet...you’re consciously and unconsciously allowing that to happen."

 

Psychologist Eric Maisel says that ‘smart’ people often experience challenges with personality and a racing brain that "may be flowing directly from your natural endowment.”

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Excessive Internet Use Linked to Depression [or not] | TalentDevelop

Excessive Internet Use Linked to Depression [or not] | TalentDevelop | High Ability | Scoop.it
People who browse the Internet a lot are more likely to show depressive symptoms, according to a study. But other researchers question the findings.
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8 Inventions by Women That Dudes Got Credit For

8 Inventions by Women That Dudes Got Credit For | High Ability | Scoop.it
Monopoly, nuclear fission, and programming: Ladies did it first.
"From computer programming to nuclear fission to the paper bag machine, it's time to stop erasing these women from their great works."
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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, 6:51 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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Interested In So Many Things: Creative and Multitalented

Interested In So Many Things: Creative and Multitalented | High Ability | Scoop.it

Creative people are complex and multitalented. Along with the benefits of many abilities and passions, there are challenges in realizing so many interests. ..

 

In her post “Multipotentiality,” Tamara Fisher quotes Bryant (a pseudonym), a graduating senior who lists his possible future careers as “applied psychologist, scientific psychologist, college teacher, philosophy, mathematics, architect, engineer.”

 

Photo: Emma Watson said, "I want to be a Renaissance woman."

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Challenged By Being So Smart | High Ability

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“My first negative experience of being too smart was in fifth grade.” Jeanette

 

Of course, being exceptionally intelligent and creative has many pleasures and benefits – for individuals and society – but there are often challenges that go along with that exceptionality.

 

 

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Underutilized talents, too many aptitudes | TalentDevelop

Underutilized talents, too many aptitudes | TalentDevelop | High Ability | Scoop.it

Many prominent high ability people may seem to almost magically choose whatever path they want, and realize their talents without hindrance. It is a myth.

 

Sally M. Reis, PhD notes that high potential and multiple interests, multipotentiality, can benefit many women [and men], but others “often cannot find their niche, make it on their own, or choose a vocational path." [Photo: Iris (Toni Collette) – a college grad working as an office temp, in the tragicomic “Clockwatchers”]

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Gifted, talented, misunderstood: 10 Misconceptions

Gifted, talented, misunderstood: 10 Misconceptions | High Ability | Scoop.it

By Jane Macondo. - "Gifted adults are largely invisible. One of the reasons very few apply the term to themselves is due to the misconceptions about giftedness.

 

"Adults who were identified as gifted children were often not provided information about what it means to be gifted and, as a result, think they have outgrown their ‘giftedness’. For a variety of reasons, parents of gifted children also often fail to identify their own giftedness."

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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

By Sara Harrier. "Over the decades, education and resources for gifted youth have made significant contributions to the education and mental health fields…And it’s been hugely liberating and beneficial to many youth, who with enough support, are empowered to achieve greatness in their lives and the world. However, we know that giftedness doesn’t go away as we reach adulthood."

 

"Imagine what would happen if a critical mass of brilliant and driven adults were able to own their gifts, and start their own world-changing revolutions.

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Where Have All the Geniuses Gone?

Where Have All the Geniuses Gone? | High Ability | Scoop.it
The democratization of genius represents a victory for human equality. But if everyone can be a genius, then what does it mean?

 

By Darrin M. McMahon, author of Divine Fury: A History of Genius http://buff.ly/188jF2e

One of my related articles: "Celebrating giftedness: You may be gifted – get over it" - We may not have realized all or even many of the promises of our identity as a gifted kid, and through circumstance or suppression left talents unmanifested or unspoken. But that doesn’t mean we have lost that aspect of who we are. http://highability.org/67/

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Forrest z. Tappan's curator insight, January 30, 5:49 PM

We all like to think we are the greatest person this earth has ever seen. This article from the Creativitypost makes the point that that can never be true, and what is means for the tomorrow of our youth if the common person believes they are the gifted kid our mothers tells us we are.