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Gifted Grownups: The Mixed Blessings of Extraordinary Potential: The Mixed Blessings of Extraordinary Potentials Hardcover – 15 Mar 1999

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  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (15 Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471295809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471295808
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.7 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 619,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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By A Customer on 14 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
So maybe I'm not so crazy. At 41 I'm still learning new things, and yet I never want to see the inside of a classroom again. And yes, I too did some ah, things, for which I was never caught (thank goodness), and I survived. The IQ is at the 99th percentile, I play with four-dimensional math, and I am always looking for the next intellectual "high".
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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I read this book with a sense of wonder and relief. Finally, someone who understands that the attainment of knowledge is more fulfilling than the writing of a paper or the answering a test to prove knowledge of a subject. My favorite quote was the guy who said I have the attention span of about 2 years for a new subject before I want to move on to something new. It's hard to make others understand this feeling of always wanting to learn something new just for the pleasure of expanding my horizons, without making myself feel flighty or weird. Thanks for a great book. I'm saving this for my daughter for when she comes to me and wonders why she is different from the other kids.
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By A Customer on 14 July 1999
Format: Hardcover
Her insight into gifted adults as people who need to learn more and faster, always needing new projects to avert boredom, and verbalizing creative, off-the-wall mental leaps that no one gets describes my experience accurately. I thought there was something wrong with me! I like her style, very straightforward, using her subject's stories in ways that move the text along rather than bog it down. No hint of pop psychology here thank goodness. I'm sending this book to a friend in Alaska who, like me, struggles with being different. I know she will find it interesting--it helps to define and clarify our sense that we are extraordinary in some way.
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By A Customer on 22 May 1999
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The author captures what life feels like to a gifted grownup so accurately, I was moved to tears reading the book. I'm sure everyone hates to be misunderstood, but it happens to gifted people a lot, and it is wonderful to read such a clear description from someone who truly understands. Give it to a gifted person you know!
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