Many gifted adults were not recognized as being gifted as children simply because knowledge of giftedness did not exist or was unavailable. Many gifted people experience challenges in dealing with others and with themselves. How can they learn to acknowledge and develop their potential in a world that rarely understands them?
Do you long to drive a Ferrari at top speed, but find yourself stuck in rush hour traffic? Do you simultaneously feel like "not enough" and "too much"? Like the rain forest, are you sometimes intense, multilayered, colorful, overwhelming, complex, idealistic? And, like the rain forest, have you met too many chainsaws?
You were bright, perhaps gifted, as a child, but what about now that you are an adult? You may still find that you seem more intense or sensitive than others, feel different, perhaps are impatient, and remain puzzled as to where you fit in the world. This book is for you.
In Why smart people hurt, psychologist Dr. Eric Maisel draws on his many years of work with the best and the brightest to pinpoint these often devastating challenges and offer solutions based on the groundbreaking principles and practices of natural psychology. Learn to use logic and creativity to cope with the problems of having a brain that goes into overdrive at the drop of a hat.
Bright idealists often find themselves disillusioned and searching for meaning in today's world. Grasping for answers can lead to existential depression. Searching for meaning helps idealists understand their struggles and describes various ways in which they attempt to cope with their disillusionment. Helpful information and suggestions provide courses of action to nurture idealism, hope, happiness, and contentment.
Illustrates the five levels of giftedness, using seventy-eight gifted and highly gifted children as examples, and offers parents of gifted children advice on how they can find the best school for their child's needs.
Are you relentlessly curious and creative, always willing to rock the boat in order to get things done . . . extremely energetic and focused, yet constantly switching gears . . . intensely sensitive, able to intuit subtly charged situations and decipher others' feeling? If these traits sound familiar, then you may be an Everyday Genius--an ordinary person of unusual vision who breaks the mold and isn't afraid to push progress forward. . . .