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The Gifted Adult: A Revolutionary Guide for Liberating Everyday Genius(tm) [Anglais] [Broché]

Mary-Elaine Jacobsen
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28 novembre 2000
Are you relentlessly curious and creative, always willing to rock the boat in order to get things done . . . extremely energetic and focused, yet constantly switching gears . . . intensely sensitive, able to intuit subtly charged situations and decipher others' feeling? If these traits sound familiar, then you may be an Everyday Genius--an ordinary person of unusual vision who breaks the mold and isn't afraid to push progress forward. . . .

As thought-provoking as Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence, psychologist Mary-Elaine Jacobsen's Gifted Adults draws on a wide range of groundbreaking research and her own clinical experience to show America's twenty million gifted adults how to identify and free their extraordinary potential. Gifted Adults presents the first practical tool for rating your Evolutionary Intelligence Quotient through an in-depth personality-type profile. Demystifying what it means to be a gifted adult, this book offers practical guidance for eliminating self-sabotage and underachievement, helping Everyday Geniuses and those who know, love, and work with them to understand and support the exceptional gifts inherent in these unique personality traits.

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"PROVOCATIVE . . . UNLOCKS THE KIND OF PASSION THAT GREAT INVENTIONS ARE MADE OF."
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"Takes readers beyond the myths and stereotypes about talent and genius . . . Everyone interested in maximizing intelligence, creativity, or productivity will want to read this book."
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  • Broché: 416 pages
  • Editeur : Ballantine Books (28 novembre 2000)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0345434927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345434920
  • Dimensions du produit: 21,1 x 14,1 x 2,3 cm
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Incontournable, magistral. 1 février 2013
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Un livre puissant, précis, réfléchi, mûr.
Un sujet mal maîtrisé par la plupart des praticiens, qui est ici dévoilé dans son moindre détail, recadré proprement.
L'auteur expose avec toutes explications nécessaires chaque chose qui doit être envisagée, comprise, admise.
La simple lecture du livre est déjà une forme de traitement, car c'est avec presque de l'amour que l'auteur s'adresse aux adultes surdoués. Les choses sont tellement clairement expliquées qu'elles en deviennent évidentes.
Un livre à lire en plusieurs fois, car il amène à une certaine réflexion personnelle.
L'oeuvre aboutie de quelqu'un d'exceptionnel.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Mérite un niveau d'anglais plus que correct 26 août 2013
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Livre rapidement livré et en parfait état!
Pour ce qui est de sa lecture, un dictionnaire d'anglais est apprécié
et même avec un bon niveau on ne peut tout comprendre de son niveau francophone, mais on décrypte!
Je ne regrette pas j'aurais surement bien progressé à la fin de sa lecture.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 At last a real liberating tool! 31 mai 2014
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I was a little bored with all these books just describing my (our) mental features.
This book is a nice tool for faster recovery and "liberation".
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Important and Possibly Life-Changing Book! 15 octobre 2002
Par Peter Messerschmidt - Publié sur Amazon.com
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"The Gifted Adult" is an excellent book, and provides one of a few lone voices drawing attention to "A Group Society Would Rather Pretend Doesn't Exist:" The Gifted Adult.
Adult Giftedness is one of the "Ugly Stepchildren" in the field of Psychology. Whereas researchers, psychologists and society in general go to great lengths to study, understand and help those who dwell a long way below the mean intellect, those living their lives an equal distance the opposite side of the mean often find themselves living in a void of confusion, misunderstanding-- and misinformation. Their lives are perhaps complicated by a "split personality" support system that provides tools and special programs to gifted children, but then vanishes into thin air once the gifted individual is deemed "Adult"-- in some cases providing an abrupt perception change from giftedness as having positive "value" to suddenly being a reason for discrimination and sneers.
Gifted Adults are "statistical outliers." As such, they often have special issues, living in a world whose actions are centered around accommodating the "norm." At best, a Gifted Adult seeking to have his/her needs understood, may hear the words "Well, we're ALL gifted, in our own special way." At worst (and more frequently) they will hear "How can you have problems, if you're so smart?"-- words that reflect a popular view that giftedness is a "privilege" that exempts a person from having any difficulties in life. Yet, Gifted Adults discover that working harder, seeking answers, seeing therapists and trying to contribute often leaves them with a sense of "emptiness" and lack of fulfillment.
Mary-Elaine Jacobsen's book is a much-needed tool to help gifted adults understand themselves, and accept the fact that their brains work a little bit differently. Real differences, I might add, that change the way a gifted person views their interactions with the world, their road to self-actualization, or considerations for seeking therapy.
In Part I of the book, Jacobsen starts to define her own view of giftedness, and addresses some of the Societal Myths (Giftedness = High IQ), and influences (Gifted adults' tendency to deny their giftedness) established by conventional thinking.
In Part II, she presents her alternative theory for measuring giftedness-- a broad system she has named "Evolutionary Intelligence" (or EvIQ). Although Jacobsen "borrows" heavily from the "Multiple Intelligences" theory originally set forth by Howard Gardner at Harvard, she adds a number of new facets, presented in a 240-item "self quiz" in Chapter 7 of the book. Unlike "standard" IQ tests, this is NOT a timed exercise with "right" and "wrong" answers, but rather a self-evaluation. Of course, honest self-scrutiny is central to obtaining a "valid" result-- which may present difficulty for some.
Part III explores most of the common "misunderstandings" gifted adults encounter in their interactions with daily life. Topics include "self mis-diagnoses;" the issues associated with "Failing to Fit In;" rewriting personal history and past events through understanding "common criticisms" often heard by gifted adults ("Can't you just stick with ONE thing?" "Where do you get those wild ideas?" "Can't you just slow down?"); the "False Self" and dumbing yourself down; as well as the "Impostor Syndrome" gifted adults often experience.
Parts IV and V offer a series of tools and possible solutions to help gifted adults reorient their energies in an effort to create lives that let them be "true to themselves"-- while still fitting into the "normalcy" of their surroundings. In part IV, Jacobsen explores both career issues and personal relationships, however, I found this section to be a bit general and "pep-talkish." The final section deals with summarizing and then applying the lessons learned in the book.
Observations: My general inclination is to say " Buy this book! Buy it NOW! Read it! Learn!"
However, the potential reader should understand just what the book will do for them. "The Gifted Adult" (Formerly published under the name "Liberating Everyday Genius"-- the name change is a GOOD idea!) is long on presenting Jacobsen's theory of Evolutionary Intelligence, and long on providing self-understanding for the gifted adult-- but somewhat short as a "How-To" guidebook on how to live life. If you're looking for "connect A to B" solutions, you'll find only a limited number here.
The author is also quite "liberal" with her use of the designation "gifted." Normally, the term is used to describe approximately 2% of the population. Jacobsen's definition may include as many as 10%-- and whether this is merely a technique to sell more books, or a figure backed by scientific research, I do not know. It doesn't detract materially from the value of the information presented-- but at times the writing does become a little bit "fluffy" and lacking in focus.
Some personal thoughts (Caveats): Society is engaged in a long-term love affair with the idea of "pathologizing" any behavior not tightly clustered around a narrow definition of "Normal." Incorrectly diagnosing and medicating giftedness as ADHD or Bipolar Disorder responds to a popular need for "A Quick And Easy Fix." If AT ALL possible, we want a "magic pill" rather than "hard work." And whereas disorders certainly DO occur, Adult Giftedness-- and the psychological makeup specific to it-- is NOT a pathology.
Overall rating: Outstanding (9.5 bookmarks out of a possible 10), not only for the gifted adult and anyone living with a gifted adult, but the book also should be required reading for any psychologist/therapist who's been asked if they are "familiar with the psychology of Adult Giftedness."
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Positive and helpful 4 mars 2003
Par P. Lozar - Publié sur Amazon.com
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In general, I found this book very enlightening. I differ in one respect from most of the "everyday geniuses" the author describes: early in life I was identified as having a high IQ. But my parents and teachers suffered from the misconception that this was an isolated trait and, in all other respects, I was a completely normal child. It was fine with them that I learned quickly, but the qualities that they found less agreeable (my determination, enthusiasm, sensitivity, and immensely wide variety of interests) were redefined as negatives: I was "stubborn," "unfocused," "hasty," "too emotional," and so on. Plus the ideals that I was supposed to achieve -- get straight A's in school, be quiet and well-behaved, specify a career goal and pursue it -- didn't appeal to me in the least; I didn't want an ordinary life, I wanted an extraordinary one. But I grew up believing that, by refusing to squeeze myself into the slots that society provided, I was "failing to live up to my potential."
It wasn't until recently that I learned that there's more to giftedness than a high IQ or a talent in a particular area. Palladino's "Dreamers, Discoverers, and Dynamos," Gardner's work on "multiple intelligences," and many other books point out that the gifted child's mind actually works differently: intensity, drive, and sensitivity are all part of the package (which Palladino characterizes as "divergent thinking"). But the dividing line between genius and ADD is a blurry one, and our educational system's emphasis on normality and conformity often leads to defining any "divergence" as pathological or, at best, as misbehavior.
This book is a great antidote to such thinking. The author gives a self-test that enables the "everyday genius" to identify his/her strengths and personality traits, and I found the results interesting. Also very helpful are the lengthy sections on redefining your supposed negatives as positives: you're not someone who needs to "slow down"; doing things quickly is normal for you. I was greatly reassured to discover that my burning desire to "make a difference in the world" didn't stem from arrogance (which more than one teacher had scolded me for), but was, rather, a typical part of the high-EvI package. Although I don't agree with all of the author's suggestions in the "self-help" chapters, I think she's making an important point: the "everyday genius" can live and work effectively in the world not by suppressing his/her strengths, but by practicing self-discipline to use these strengths in the service of a higher goal. Given the scarcity of books written specifically for gifted adults (rather than children), this book fills a great need, and does it well.
I have only one quibble with the book, but it caused me to rate it with four stars rather than five. The author says things like "studies have shown ...", but she almost never gives the references for these studies; the footnotes to the chapters rarely mention research at all. I realize that she's writing a "popular" book rather than a scholarly work, and that many of her conclusions are based on her experience with her clients rather than on scientific research. But I feel it would give her conclusions far more credibility if she backed them up with harder data.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Nice for self-esteem, but where are the answers? 10 avril 2002
Par The Brooks Stead - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is a review of the book "Liberating Everday Genius" by Jacobsen; I'm not sure if this book is the same under another name or if this new book offers more than the older version previously published.
I read this book in hopes that it would actually teach me how to liberate my creativity and intelligence. Unfortunately, most of what it offers is mere information and theory regarding what "everyday genius" is and how to tell if you are one using a rather generic "test." It then goes on to dispel myths and stereotypes that most "geniuses" seem to experience. I know that I found a lot of myself in this book although I'm not sure I'd call myself a genius. Perhaps I overestimate what the term really means, thus fitting in to the descriptions she gives of how society pushes down anyone who thinks differently than the majority. Sadly, none of my big questions were answered such as, "how do I overcome this programming?" I am just as confused and feel just as alone as I did prior to reading the book, so I can't say it has been any help to me except to point out that maybe there are others out there like me. What's the point if I still feel too lost to find them and to express my "true" self? Much of the material is repetitive in that she presents the same ideas and concepts over and over again. I assume she's trying to drill it into the head of the reader, but perhaps it's just book filler. I think she could have compacted the material into a book half the original size, thus lowering the price in the process. If you buy it, expect to be reading a Tony Robbins type self-esteem booster...do not expect to find real answers.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Even swans must learn to swim! 26 novembre 2003
Par Dr. Cathy Goodwin - Publié sur Amazon.com
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For someone who's gifted, Jacobsen's book can bring a sigh of relief and recognition. "I'm not an ugly duckling after all! I was meant to be a swan."
While some reviewers criticize this book as "elitist," I find the opposite. Jacobsen doesn't suggest that anyone be exempt from social norms or rules. To the contrary, she shows that the gifted may face a tougher challenge than the less-gifted: they must learn to accommodate to a society as an invisible often-resented minority group. It's up to each gifted person -- hopefully aided by mentors who can take advantage of "teaching moments" -- to learn to swim. That means adjusting a blunt style of speaking, communicating in a new style and, always, dealing with the loneliness of being "different." Gifted people tend to attract envy, not empathy, and they don't always grow into rich and successful adults. Indeed, without recognition early in life, the gifted can become severely depressed, mainly due to isolation.
Once you read this book, it's easy to recognize evidence of giftedness in yourself and others, including autobiographical accounts. A combination of characteristics -- sensitivity, high-speed, high-energy -- can appear frustrating to those who don't realize what's going on. Many gifted children get diagnosed as hyperactive, depressed, socially inept and worse.
I'm not overfond of pencil-and-paper tests, but Jacobsen offers ways to identify specific areas of giftedness through some simple questions. Readers can ignore this part if they choose.
Counselors, career coaches, therapists, managers, guidance professionals -- all should have this book on their shelves. When they find themselves getting overwhelmed by a gifted client, they need to know what's going on.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 This book changed my life 22 juin 2003
Par Janet Tokerud - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Mary-Elaine Jacobsen brings the largely invisible plights and possibilities of the gifted adult to our attention. As an intense, complex and driven gifted adult, myself, I truly appreciate her contribution to my life and the lives of others I know who've read the book. As a therapist to gifted adults for many years, Jacobsen knows what she's talking about and gives us many moving stories to find ourselves, our friends or our parents in. I cried many tears reading this book, remembering experiences in my own life and seeing them in a more self-compassionate light.
I've known I was smart, intense and driven but Jacobsen helped me to see why and what to do about it to have a happier, more fulfilled life. I'm probably writing this review right now because of the influence of this book. I've always craved to get my ideas out in the world and here on the Net and in my blog (tokerud's technology treats) I've sought out ways to do that. Jacobsen gives the gifted adult the good news and the bad news. The good news is great. I can forgive myself. The bad news is, that the only way things are going to change is for me to change some bad habits and be constructive and persistent in the world and express my gifts. If you know you are intense and driven and probably pretty smart, pick this book up. It could change YOUR life too.
This book is a well-written but occasionally dense read. However, it will be a page-turner for a gifted adult. And, for that matter, gifted adults tend to like dense books. One of the unfortunate facts that Jacobsen points out is that gifted adults have usually learned to keep a low profile about their giftedness. They've learned to cover it up and at a certain point in their lives, many gifted adults forget they are gifted. It is a convenient but, ultimately, very harmful defense mechanism. That's why I said earlier that if you merely suspect you might possibly be a gifted adult, read this book! It will shake you out of your unconsciousness and get you back on the track of getting your gifts out into the world where they belong!
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