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Written by Carlos Simões 
Tuesday, 20 January 2009 13:22
If you think you are in good mental condition, if you intend to spend many hours struggling with calculations, sequences, matrices, analogies, associations, rotations, symmetries, combinations, permutations, dictionaries, encyclopedias, calculating machines, reams of paper, if you think you can lose the “Who wants to be a millionaire?” and who want to dedicate their soul (and body) to something that will not bring them any material benefit, so they arrived at the right place …

The final frontier“When many of us hear the word ‘gifted’ we almost always think two things: (1) ‘only school children are gifted’ and (2) ‘I am not a child, I cannot be considered gifted’. automatic are understandable taking into account what has been said about people called ‘brilliant’. But what has been said to us is fundamentally incorrect and extraordinarily incomplete. ” Mary-Elaine Jacobsen in “The Talented Adult”

Characteristics and qualities generally presented by gifted adults:

Are you a good problem solver?
Can you concentrate for long periods of time?
Do you consider yourself a perfectionist?
Do you show perseverance in your interests?
Is that what is called an avid reader?
Do you have a vivid and fertile imagination?
Do you like solving “puzzle”?
Do you often establish relationships between seemingly unrelated ideas or concepts?
Do you appreciate paradoxes?
Does it set high standards for itself?
Do you have a good and long-lasting memory?
Is it deeply compassionate?
Is your curiosity persistent?
Do you have an excellent sense of humor?
Do you consider yourself a good observer?
Are you fascinated by mathematics?
Do you occasionally need periods of contemplation?
Are you looking to discover the meaning of your life?
Are you usually attentive to details that go unnoticed by others?
Are you attracted by words and rhetoric?
Is it too sensitive?
Do you have strong moral convictions?
Do you often feel out of sync with others?
Is it perceptive and / or insightful?
Do you often question established rules or authorities?
Do you have a taste for collecting?
Do you try to overcome yourself in the face of a good challenge?
Do you have notorious skills and deficits?
Do you learn new things quickly?
Do you feel almost overwhelmed by so many interests and skills?
Do you consider yourself an energetic person?
Do you often take a firm stand against what you consider unfair?
Do you think you are driven and motivated by your creativity?
Do you love an ardent discussion of ideas?
In your childhood, were you considered advanced in your development?
Do you have unusual ideas or insights?
Do you think you sometimes daydream?
Do you consider yourself a complex person?

If 75% of these characteristics fit your personality and the way you are, you are probably a gifted adult. Intellectual endowment was not, until very recently, identified in children, which meant that many adults were not aware of their talent as children. But even those who have been identified tend to believe that their giftedness disappeared before they came of age.

The Mismeasure of Man“The truly creative mind in any field is nothing more than this: a human being born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.

For him … a touch is a blow, a sound is a noise, a misfortune is a tragedy, a joy is an ecstasy, a friend is a lover, a lover is a god and failure is death.

Add to this cruelly delicate organism the overwhelming need to create, create, create – in such a way that without the creation of music or poetry or literature or buildings or anything with meaning, your breath is cut off. He has to create, he must pour out creation. For any strange and unknown inner urgency, you are not really alive unless you are creating “- Pearl Buck

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 January 2009 10:46