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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read, 4 April 2011
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This review is from: Gifted Lives: What Happens when Gifted Children Grow Up (Paperback)
I came by this book by chance and read it purely as human interest stories. I think if you're looking for a handbook on how to raise gifted children, or a scientific psychological report you would be very much disappointed. The book is written in a style that is wrought with the author's emotions and personal interpretations or judgements of these children and their families.

The book tells the stories of many gifted children, their lives growing up and what's happening with them as adults. Few has reached the kind of success that was expected of them. The main idea that seems to come across is that the label of giftedness is almost like a burden to both parents and children which make growing up more complicated. Never-ending higher expectations, over-parenting, unfitting educational environment and emotional disturbances seem to be the obstacles of the proper development of gifts. The author come across blaming a lot of the problems on the parents. There is also the sense that while many parents focused on intellectual development, few paid attention to the emotional development of gifted children.

I'm no expert in research on gifted children - I read this book with pure interest and gained some insight into my own life (not gifted but academically high achieving which seems to share some similar experiences with children labelled as gifted). I very much enjoyed it but I do think it's quite a subjective account so I would suggest reading it bearing that in mind to avoid stereotyping all gifted children based on this account.
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