I know. I promised dh I wasn’t going to write, but asking me not to write (or post) is almost like asking me not to breathe. I wanted to share this book find. I came across an article called Unrecognized Giftedness:The Frustrating Case of the Gifted Adult on the website Talent Development Resources when I google-searched “unrecognized gifted adults” since adult gifted issues are one of my pet interests. After all, gifted kids do grow up into gifted adults only there’s a lot less support out there for adults.
The book is called
Gifted Grownups: The Mixed Blessings of Extraordinary Potential by Marylou Kelly Streznewski.
Here is an excerpt from the google books overview of the book’s content .
Gifted Grownups, Marylou Kelly Streznewski’s unprecedented, 10-year study of 100 gifted adults, examines how being identified as a “smart kid” early on affects career choices, friendships, and romantic pairings later in life. Why do some talented and gifted people become Mozarts and Einsteins or corporate chieftains, while others drop out of school, struggle to hold down jobs, or turn to self-destructive behavior? What are the signs of giftedness, its pitfalls, and its promise? Marylou Streznewski provides answers to these and other questions, and creates an intriguing picture of what it is like to have an accelerated mind in a slow-moving world.
It strikes me as perhaps a very interesting read and a good addition to my personal library. I’ve always wanted to know the thoughts and feelings of other gifted adults, particularly since, as a stay-at-home mom now, the idea I’m not living up to my “potential” weighs a little on my mind.
I wrote a post about another book entitled The Gifted Adult on my other blog The Wonder Years, and seems like the Gifted Grownup would complement this book very nicely.