One of the many challenges I am back to addressing is that I am in the gifted crowd. On one hand, this sort of takes care of itself. I always have things to catch my attention, from books and projects to ideas and more questions. Then there are the times when being gifted isn’t so easy: When I’m bored or depressed, lonely, misunderstood and out of sinc with everyone around me.
Perhaps the most difficult time for me is when I am working to fit into a group of regular people. I am like a zebra, trying to blend in with a herd of palaminos: It simply does not work.
I have been in a couple of situations recently that required me to “dummy down.” That is like trying to get a halogen lamp to act like a candle.
Can you relate to this? Do you know of more resources? Are you a gifted adult?
I hope we can share information and ideas.
Linda Silverman, PhD developed a scale to measure giftedness. You can find it at
When I was in graduate school in the mid 80’s, one of my peers brought an article to our field placement. It was life changing for me: It was the first time since learning my IQ when I was in high school that I had to consider giftedness.
That article is at
SENG has focused on children for the most part; however, they are doing more with adults.
One site I found that has some really good information is
There are some books out there as well. I am reading one called, “The gift of Being Uncommon, Extra Intelligent Intense and Effective,” by Willem Kuipers
So far, so good.
Have you read any you especially liked?
So, It is really intriguing and funny sometimes, living with three animals. Two are so smart, they’re scary!
The hierarchy among my animals is all inverted: The cat chases the dog and he runs from her; the bird scolds the cat and she obeys him.
My bird is a cockatiel named Oliver. I don’t know how he does it, but he says exactly the right thing at exactly the right moment. For example, I was upset about a month ago. I was sitting on the couch, crying. Priscilla, my cat, had stopped playing and was sitting with me (she’s no dummy, either;) Galahad was lying on the other side, doing his own great job of comforting me. Now for Oliver: He asks, “Are you all right Baby?” I’ve never herd him ask that before.
Two summers ago, a street cleaner had parked in front of my house for about half an hour. As it pulled away from the curb, Oliver said, “There you go!” How did he know to say that just then!
Oliver loves to call the cat: “Kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty kitty!” Fortunaely, Priscilla ignores him when he does that.
Doo doo doodling
With my pen.
Thi thi thinking
Life seemed easy,
Days were bright;
Smiles came readily,
Steps sprang light.
Doo doo doodling
To remind me
Things still can
Be more easy,
Still shine bright;
come quite readily,
Still spring light.
Doo doo doodling
My heart sings,
La la laughing
At silly things.
Take it easy,
Paint things bright:
Joy, spring readily:
Life is all right!
I invite you to share
*Stories about pets
*Stories about family and friends
*Advice or things you find that work especially well
*Books you’ve read that you would like to recommend
*Anything else that might encourage people, make them laugh or get them to think.
One book I have been reading is, “The Doctor Wore Petticoats; Women Physicians of the Old West,” by Chris Enss. Those ladies had to be strong and resilient!
So here’s a question: What qualities do you value about yourself and others?