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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

Challenged By Being So Smart | High Ability | High Ability | Scoop.it

“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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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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Gods and prodigies, freaks and geeks: building identity | TalentDevelop

Gods and prodigies, freaks and geeks: building identity | TalentDevelop | High Ability | Scoop.it
Wunderkind, genius, prodigy. Freak, geek, nerd. How we label exceptional people and ourselves affects our identity and what we think about the reality and value of our talents, and the possibilities of expressing them in the world.
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The Gifted Ex-Child | TalentDevelop

The Gifted Ex-Child | TalentDevelop | High Ability | Scoop.it

Qualities of giftedness show up early in life and continue as an adult – characteristics such as being perfectionistic; persevering with interests; being an avid reader; having a vivid imagination and persistent curiosity; being highly sensitive...

 

“Her thoughts and feelings had never fit into the box that was comfortable and reassuring for most children. Her appetite for learning was insatiable. Reading was more nourishing than food. Thinking, analyzing, and synthesizing were better than Barbie.”

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Growing up exceptional: Am I still gifted? | High Ability / Gifted

Growing up exceptional: Am I still gifted? | High Ability / Gifted | High Ability | Scoop.it
If you aren’t involved in experiences that allow you to demonstrate or develop your abilities, then how do you know if you are still gifted as an adult?
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Fostering adult giftedness - High Ability / Gifted

Fostering adult giftedness - High Ability / Gifted | High Ability | Scoop.it

By Sharon Lind. Key areas for gifted adults include acknowledging gifts; identity development; permission to be growing; overexcitabilities; coping skills.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 3, 2013 1:09 PM

I think it is hard to come to terms with giftedness. People have gifts and are gifted to varying degrees. It is all about being attentive.

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Dealing with self-criticism | TalentDevelop

Dealing with self-criticism | TalentDevelop | High Ability | Scoop.it
Criticism and self-criticism interfere with our ability to live as strongly, passionately, effectively and creatively as we would like to live.

 

Kate Winslet has admitted that before going off to a movie shoot, she sometimes thinks, “I’m a fraud, and they’re going to fire me… I’m fat; I’m ugly.”

 

Highly creative and talented people are, according to research on giftedness, often susceptible to perfectionism and unreasonably high standards and expectations that can lead to exaggerated criticism.

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An Interview with James T. Webb: Searching For Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment and Hope - Education News

An Interview with James T. Webb: Searching For Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment and Hope - Education News | High Ability | Scoop.it

James Webb, PhD: "Dr. Linda Silverman and Dr. Susan Daniels noted that many gifted children and adults are intense and sensitive in their idealism, and they do search for meaning. They want to do things that will make a difference, and they are concerned with issues of fairness and equity. When intensity and sensitivity are combined with idealism, as so often happens with bright children and adults, good things can happen because they can keenly see how things might be."

 

> book: Searching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment, and Hope book #gifted http://t.co/7RA0OJ9i0Y

 

 

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Is high ability a pass to success and eminence? | High Ability

Is high ability a pass to success and eminence? | High Ability | High Ability | Scoop.it

“The natural trajectory of giftedness in childhood is not a six-figure salary, perfect happiness, and a guaranteed place in Who’s Who.”

 

Dr. Linda Silverman, director of the Gifted Development Center, goes on to describe an ideal of adult development, beyond the awards won as children:

“It is the deepening of the personality, the strengthening of one’s value system, the creation of greater and greater challenges for oneself…"

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Books - High Ability

Books - High Ability | High Ability | Scoop.it

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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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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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.

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Adult Underachievement: Living Up to the "Gifted" Label - Or Not

Adult Underachievement: Living Up to the "Gifted" Label - Or Not | High Ability | Scoop.it

“I don’t think I’m even close to fulfilling my potential.” Actor Kerry Washington 

 

Psychologist Kenneth W. Christian delineates some of the most prominent patterns of thinking and behavior he has found that may lead to undermining and underachievement as adults.

He says "Pulling back from your potential is a kind of abdication, an abandoment of your own best interests."

 

 

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Brainpower and The Smart Gap | High Ability / Gifted

Brainpower and The Smart Gap | High Ability / Gifted | High Ability | Scoop.it

It may be natural to feel frustrated at not being able to solve a math problem or some other challenge when we are growing up, and still learning – but how do you feel about your abilities and your identity, when you confront a deep gap between what you would like to accomplish, and what you believe you can?

 

 

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Talented People, Stress and ChokIng | High Ability / Gifted

Talented People, Stress and ChokIng | High Ability / Gifted | High Ability | Scoop.it
Does a highly capable intellect ensure you will perform well all the time in demanding situations? Not according to some research.
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Bobby Dillard's curator insight, October 6, 2013 12:53 AM

Just like runners who train at high altitudes, exposure and practice under stressful conditions is a good approach.

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Gifted, talented and pathologized

Gifted, talented and pathologized | High Ability | Scoop.it

Psychiatric misdiagnosis and unnecessary or even destructive medication for "troubling" symptoms is an issue that impacts many gifted and talented people.

 

Gogo Lidz writes, “Between the ages of 16 and 21, I was prescribed more than fifteen different stimulants, antidepressants, antipsychotics, and mood stabilizers. The cure was worse than the disease.”

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B Ritt Smetzer's curator insight, February 14, 2016 1:16 PM

Douglas Eby is a psychologist who is the author of this article as well as a series of sites that provide information and inspiration to enhance "creativity and personal development." This article outlines the dangers of excessive drug prescriptions for students who are gifted.  This young girl said that between the ages of 16 and 21 she had been prescribed more than 15 different stimulants, antidepressants, antipsychotics and mod stabilizers.  She was left with no cure but feeling terrible.  She was spacey and manic and at one point, extremely underweight.  This article really opened my eyes to how serious it is for early childhood educators to identify children with gifts and allow them to show us their full potential so that they do not continue through the education program and get falsely diagnosed and treated later in life. This article even touches on the idea that therapy can be a helpful way for gifted individuals to get their emotions and concentration under control.

 

Lidz, G. (2015, March 16). Gifted, talented and pathologized. Retrieved February 13, 2016, from http://highability.org/54/mood-disorders-misdiagnosis-and-medication/ ;

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Gifted Adults and Impostor Syndrome

Gifted Adults and Impostor Syndrome | High Ability | Scoop.it
What Is Impostor Syndrome? That was the question we attempted to answer during #gtchat as well as ways to combat it. Feeling like a fake, just lucky, or false modesty are all characteristics of Imp...
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Actor Emma Watson commented: “It’s almost like the better I do, the more my feeling of inadequacy actually increases, because I’m just going, Any moment, someone’s going to find out I’m a total fraud, and that I don’t deserve any of what I’ve achieved." - From article "Getting beyond impostor feelings" http://talentdevelop.com/2434/

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Guilty about being exceptional | High Ability / Gifted

Guilty about being exceptional | High Ability / Gifted | High Ability | Scoop.it

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 the world.

 

Alyssa Milano is another accomplished and talented woman with these kinds of feelings:

"I had to deal with a certain amount of guilt that accompanied being successful at a young age. The guilt that my parents gave up their dreams, friendships, and the only life they knew to make *my* triumphs a possibility..."

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Talented and insecure | Developing Multiple Talents

Talented and insecure | Developing Multiple Talents | High Ability | Scoop.it

Actor Emily Mortimer, even with the success of the hit TV show The Newsroom, says she still doubts her abilities, and “I’m probably far too self-conscious to be an actress.” Alison Pill [right] also has commented about insecurity, which many talented people experience.

 

 

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