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Gifted Grownups

The Mixed Blessings of Extraordinary Potential

Marylou Kelly Streznewski



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John Wiley & Sons Inc
15 March 1999
What is it like to be smarter than 95% of the people you meet?

Fifty-four-year-old Alison says, They told me I was smart and Icried. I wanted to be sexy, or glamorous! Jean, 38, laments, Ilearned the whole job in six weeks, and now I'm bored.

Gifted Grownups, Marylou Kelly Streznewski's unprecedented, 10-yearstudy of 100 gifted adults, examines how being identified as a smart kid early on affects career choices, friendships, andromantic pairings later in life. Why do some talented and giftedpeople become Mozarts and Einsteins or corporate chieftains, whileothers drop out of school, struggle to hold down jobs, or turn toself-destructive behavior? What are the signs of giftedness, itspitfalls, and its promise? Marylou Streznewski provides answers tothese and other questions, and creates an intriguing picture ofwhat it is like to have an accelerated mind in a slow-movingworld.

Traditionally, the gifted were measured in terms of intelligenceonly, and anyone with an IQ score higher than 130 was automaticallygrouped in with that misunderstood minority. Recently giftedness has been redefined to include qualities like extraordinarycreative, leadership, or physical skills. Heightened perception,sensitivity, humor, and the ability to put complex ideas togetherquickly are also aspects of giftedness. These gifts affect the waytalented adults react to their friends, families, jobs, and lifechallenges. Doing for gifted grownups what the bestselling Drivento Distraction did for adults with attention deficit, GiftedGrownups traces many types of gifted adults, including thehigh-testing, power-achieving Striver; the popular scholar orathlete Superstar; and the creative intellectual, free-spiritIndependent. Here for the first time and in their own words, 100gifted grownups, from ages 18 to 90, and a variety of family andeducational backgrounds, occupations, social classes, and races,count the blessings and tally the costs of a high-powered mind. Highly informative and interesting. --Alice Miller, author of TheDrama of the Gifted Child This book was a delight. It affirmed my own experiences andobservations. The author makes her study come alive . . . throughthe voices of real people talking about their experiences. . . . Ihighly recommend this book.i--Joanne Rand Whitmore, PhD, Professorand Dean College and Graduate School of Education, Kent StateUniversity Many readers will recognize their own experiences.

--Lita LinzerSchwartz, PhD, ABPP Distinguished Professor Emerita, PennsylvaniaState University.

This thoughtful book . . . has taken us one step further in ourunderstanding of how and why some talented individuals realizetheir potential while others do not. --Dr. Sally M. Reis, Professorof Educational Psychology, The University of Connecticut.

Gifted Grownups meets a long-awaited need. This book would be ofinterest, not only to gifted education professionals, but also toparents, teachers in general, and to gifted individuals of allages.

--E. Paul Torrance, Georgia Studies of Creative Behavior,author of Gifted and Talented Children in the Regular Classroom.

ISBN 0-471-29580-9
By:   Marylou Kelly Streznewski
Imprint:   John Wiley & Sons Inc
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 243mm,  Width: 159mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   564g
ISBN:   9780471295808
ISBN 10:   0471295809
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   15 March 1999
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  General/trade ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
THE GIFTED GROWNUPS. What Makes You Gifted? Inside the Gifted Brain/Mind. In Hiding. WHEN THE SMART KIDS GROW UP. The Gifted Family. School: Hard Times, Easy As. Young Adults: The Extra Mile. Bored, Bored, Bored: The Quest for Challenge Work. GIFTED LIVES. The Dark Side. Finding the Others: Friends and Lovers. Gifted Women. Young in Mind: The Later Years. The Value of the Gift. Resources and Recommended Readings. Notes. References. Acknowledgments. About the Author.

MARYLOU KELLY STREZNEWSKI, MEd, is certified as a Program Specialist in Gifted Education and is a poet and fiction writer. She has taught gifted teenagers for 20 years, and worked with college students and senior citizens. Streznewski resides in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where she is at work on her second novel.

Reviews for Gifted Grownups: The Mixed Blessings of Extraordinary Potential

I enjoyed reading this book. It is highly informative and interesting. --Alice Miller, author of Drama of the Gifted Child <br> Many readers will recognize their own experiences... --Lita Linzer Schwartz, Ph.D., ABPP, Distinguished Professor Emerita, Pennsylvania State University <br> 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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