Gifted Grownups: The Mixed Blessings of Extraordinary Potential: The Mixed Blessings of Extraordinary Potentials Hardcover – 15 Mar 1999
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"I enjoyed reading this book. It is highly informative and interesting."––Alice Miller, author of Drama of the Gifted Child
"Many readers will recognize their own experiences..."––Lita Linzer Schwartz, Ph.D., ABPP, Distinguished Professor Emerita, Pennsylvania State University
"This book was a delight. It affirmed my own experiences and observations. The author makes her study come alive...through the voices of real people talking about their experiences.... I highly recommend this book."––Joanne Rand Whitmore, Ph.D., Professor and Dean, College and Graduate School of Education, Kent State University
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Reviewed in Library Journal (4/15/99):
"Debunking the myth that intellectually gifted people are either impractical social misfits or perfect specimens, Streznewski, a specialist in gifted education, presents a readable and poignant study of 100 people aged 18 to 90. Her criteria for inclusion were somewhat informal, based on the contemporary notion that intelligence is not merely a matter of high I.Q. However, a detailed set of indicators for giftedness was developed, and the study group included a wide range of individuals, from gifted women to senior citizens and criminals. Streznewski explores their experiences with schools, jobs, and in the social world. Lively personal narratives reveal how they adapt to their "oddball" status, determinants of their success or failure, and the structure of their high-powered interior lives."
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Ms. Streznewski's book is insightful. She covers a wide age range of gifted people, to age 91. Mostly she tells their stories, some wonderful, some tragic.
Additionally she has a chapter on gifted women and the problems they can typically encounter. I read the chapter with initial trepidation, expecting more of politics than observation, but she handled that quite evenly.
My only complaint is that the resource guide at the end of the book is inaccurate. Mensa is now located in Ft. Worth, TX, and the GT (Gifted and Talented) web site is GT World at a different url. That's a trivial complaint, and should not detract from her work.
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