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2003: Het Mensaquotiënt

In dit boek kan iedereen met belangstelling voor het IQ, informatie vinden over intelligentie in het algemeen en hoge intelligentie in het bijzonder. Daarbij wordt onder meer aandacht besteed aan het meten van intelligentie, de diverse soorten intelligenties, controverses en de facetten die behoren bij het leven met een hoge intelligentie. Daarnaast bevat het boek een kennismaking met de Vereniging Mensa Nederland, haar leden, geschiedenis, activiteiten en toelatingseis.

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Genre: Hoogbegaafde volwassenen
Onderwerpen: Nederland

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2017: The power of different. The link between disorder and genius

The Power of Different is an illuminating and uplifting examination of the link between brain differences and aptitude. Psychologist and bestselling author Gail Saltz presents the latest scientific research and profiles famous geniuses and lay individuals who have been diagnosed with all manner of brain ‘problems’ – including learning disabilities, ADD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and autism. Saltz shows that the source of our struggles can be the origin of our greatest strengths. Rooted in her experience as a professor and practicing psychiatrist, and based on the latest neurological research, Saltz demonstrates how specific deficits in certain areas of the brain are directly associated with the potential for great talent. She also shows how the very conditions that can cause difficulty at school, in social situations, at home or at work, are bound to creative, disciplinary, artistic, empathetic and cognitive abilities. In this pioneering work, readers will find engaging scientific research and stories from historical geniuses and everyday individuals who have not only made the most of their conditions, but who have flourished because of them. Enlightening and inspiring, The Power of Different shows how the unique wiring of every brain can be a source of strength and productivity, and can contribute to the richness of our world.

Genre: Gifted adults, Special populations

2014: Gifted and sick. Life at the intersection of high ability and neuroimmune disease

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What happens when capable, high-achieving people become sick with chronic Lyme disease, myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), or similar diseases? Up until now, the topic hasn’t been studied, but, building on interviews with 20 gifted patients, A. M. Runyan details the unique challenges this group can face around diagnosis, appearing healthier than they truly are, peer groups, career struggles, underemployment, and changes in identities. For patients with above-average intelligence or impressive former careers, this book is an essential guide to remembering and understanding who they are. For families, friends, doctors, and researchers, it can provide a guide to helping these unique patients to meet their needs – both health-wise and intellectually. Rather than sticking to the trite advice to simply accept one’s losses, this book has a new perspective on thriving as an illness survivor with high ability. While this book focuses on certain diseases, the advice and perspectives would apply to gifted adults with any kind of chronic or severe illness or disability.

  • Risks intelligent patients face, including delayed diagnosis and doctors underestimating their degree of cognitive impairment
  • The importance of career and vocational rehabilitation for gifted patients
  • Reasons that gifted patients might not see themselves as gifted
  • 65 “Recognized illness privileges” that most neuroimmune disease patients go without
  • Case studies and personal insights from 20 patients
  • Possible correlations between neuroimmune disease and intelligence

A. M. Runyan explores some factors that contribute to the erasure of gifted neuroimmune illness patients, both in their own views of themselves as well as in their peer groups, families and among professionals such as doctors and therapists. This book contributes to understanding of intersectionality of being both gifted and sick.

Genre: Gifted adults, Special populations

2007: The “I” of the beholder. A guided journey to the essence of a child

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Dr. Roeper outlines the workings of the inner Self of a gifted child, with the hopes of expanding our world views. She explains how the Self is the key behind all of our actions and decisions. It is from this understanding that parents and teachers can maximize the unique Selves of gifted children, and, in turn, create a more harmonious world for past, present, and future gifted generations.

Genre: Autobiography, Gifted adults, Gifted children, Life lessons

1998: Talent in Context. Historical and social perspectives on giftedness

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How does the gifted individual fare in a culture that values beauty over brains? Why do American women see giftedness as both an asset and a liability? Can we tease apart nature and nurture to understand how talent develops? Will we genetically engineer supersmart babies in the near future? In “Talent in Context”, ten eminent psychologists come together to address these and other provocative questions and to appreciate the various social and historical contexts within which giftedness evolves. The book’s lively dialogue explores how we define, assess, value and nurture talent.

Genre: Gifted adults, Gifted children

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