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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (15 Jun. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461185564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461185567
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 757,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'An important work that should be read by all who have wondered if they might be uncommonly intelligent . . . by all corporations seeking to attract and keep highly competent employees . . . and by all those who seek guidance in actualizing their potential.'
Linda Silverman, Gifted Development Center, Denver, Co.

'Highly readable and well-organized prose . . . . useful tools . . . . Read and learn about practical ways to be most fully yourself. You will be challenged and intrigued by the information here.'
Betty Maxwell, Visual-Spatial Resource, Denver, Co.


Quite often uncommon competence, creativity and drive remain hidden or partially used by its owners. Do they perceive the gift of being uncommon as a millstone instead of an enjoyment?
This book introduces and illustrates three practices for Extra Intelligent People (XIPs) to become more effective in their work and private life, for their own sake and for the sake of their environment. These practices are based on ten years of experience in coaching XIPs and on various concepts from literature. Together they offer a practical tool for sustainable personal and career development of uncommonly intelligent and intense people. There is much to enjoy about being uncommon!

Willem Kuipers graduated at Delft University of Technology as a mathematical engineer, studied and practised management consultancy, and currently enjoys counselling on career choice and development of identity. He lives with his wife and business partner Annelien van Kempen in Voorburg, the Netherlands. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Willem Kuipers graduated from Delft University of Technology as a mathematical engineer, studied and practised management consultancy, and currently enjoys counselling extra intelligent adults on career choice and development of identity. He sings in a choir and designs and builds labyrinths. Pictures and articles on his labyrinth work can be found at his website www.willemlabyrint.nl. More information on the subject of this book can be found at www.ximension.com.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Insight and Understanding for Gifted Adults 10 Aug. 2012
By A.M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a cherished addition to my library as it explores the subject of adult giftedness. I found out that I am gifted a few years ago when I was in my early 30's. The discovery led me to completely re-interpret my life experience up until that point. It was soon after that I came across Enjoying the Gift of Being Uncommon. I was deeply thankful I came across the book because I found very few books on gifted adults which I could read to better understand my life experience.

Not only does the book explore the dimensions of adult giftedness but it does so from the perspective of someone who is actually gifted rather than from the perspective of someone who is studying a gifted person. Put more simply, the book speaks to the lived experience of giftedness rather than academically dissecting the subject. A case in point is Kuipers' method of self-identifying giftedness based on the observable traits of intellectual ability, incurable inquisitiveness, needing autonomy, zealous pursuit of one's interests, and contrast between emotional and intellectual self-confidence. Until I read about these common traits of the gifted I did not fully accept that fact that I was in fact gifted. When the notion of giftedness was presented to me as a list of easily identifiable traits, rather than the conclusion of an intelligence test, there was an inner acceptance of the truth of the matter.

Two other ideas from the book that were extremely helpful to me were the notions of ximension and whether a person's gifts are valued by society. Ximension refers to an altered state that gifted people can enter when they converse with one another. This idea resonated with me immediately as I could identify such moments in my life. The section discussing whether a person's gifts would be valued by society was also invaluable in coming to a position of greater self-acceptance as it relieved the pressure to live up to my perceived potential as defined by others.

For anyone who is interested in exploring the subject of adult giftedness, this is a fantastic introduction to the subject from the perspective of someone who has worked extensively with gifted people as a counsellor. I would also encourage anyone interested in this topic to also explore the work of Theo Dawson, the founder of Lectica, and Elliot Jaques, the discoverer of Requisite Organization.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Impossibly inaccurate- no viable content - plus colored chakra theory? Waste of 90 minute read cover to cover. Pulp. 28 Sept. 2014
By CT - Published on Amazon.com
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A self-indulgent view of giftedness, over simplified, incomplete definitions of complex theory. The authors subjective experience and presumptuous classification of Dabrowski's personatity traits to fit his occult-ish pitch for understanding and living with high sensitivity takes liberties with aspects of Over Exitabilities. The preposterous assumptions that western application of eastern religious doctrine re-defines empirical scientific research.
Tibetan Buddhism, wheel of life, and bodily energies are a separate field of study that includes chakra meditation. The author capitalizes on the carnival fortune teller version of chakra and aggressively proposes a pseudo authoritative position of expertise in applying his limited view. However, the language and style is academic, the content is vapid.
Since trade publications are purely profit centered, if gimmicks sell, the book sells or ceases to be in booksellers inventories.
Not one redeeming feature of this book. Insulting to the reader and the topic.
1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
about being gift 12 Mar. 2013
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It was a good book about the uniques people young and old. And how people could very well misunderstood. Because there unique . And there difficult of understanding. Of how or why they think and act. They unique understand of how they look at thing. And have little or no understanding the adverage person think.
17 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Would be interested but... 13 Mar. 2012
By whgdsc - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This read like an intriguing perspective on giftedness until I saw the chapter on "Chakras". Pseudoscience may play well to the "Worried Mum" demographic but it means the author (horribly enough) hasn't learned how to think. I can't think why on earth anyone would entrust themselves ( or a potential idea of such) to someone so ill-disposed for the job. Fetishising oneself is all very well but public and unannounced incompetence is all together something very different.
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