The Gifted Adult

sous-titre : A revolutionary guide for liberating everyday genius

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“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 decypher others' feelings?

In these traits sound familiar, then you may be an Everyday Genius – an ordinary person of unusual vision who breaks the mold and isn't affraid to push progress forward…”

As thought-provoking as Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence, psychologist Mary-Elaine Jacobsen's The Gifted Adult 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. Jacobsen presents the first practical tool for rating your Evolutionary Intelligence through an in-depth personality-type profile. Parents and teachers of the gifted will also discover vital information in this extraordinary book. For nothing about the characteristics and needs of gifted children can be thruly understood until it is viewed within the context of the emerging gifted adult. Demystifying what it means to be an “everyday genius”, this book offers practical guidance for eliminating self-sabotage and underachievement, helping gifted adults and those who know, love and work with them to understand and support the exceptional gifts inherent in these unique personality traits.



1. Beyond Giftedness: Everyday Genius Defined

Giftedness Denied
The Gifted Adult
The Source of Giftedness
The Concept of Giftedness Expanded
The Five Facets of Freedom

2. Gifted? Not Me

We Love Your Unique Products. Just Stop Being So Different!
Gifted? Not Me: Unidentified Everyday Genius
Telltale Signs of Everyday Genius
Facing the Truth about Ourselves
Why Must I Know This about Myself?
How Can I Know This about Myself
Misconceptions about Giftedness

3. The Everyday Genius: Lost and Found

The Ugly Duckling
When a Duck is Not a Duck
Seeing the Swan of Everyday Genius
The Everyday Genius Brought to Light
The Ugly Duckling Syndrome
Know Thyself or Lose Thyself
How Did the Swan Get Lost?

4. Lost In The IQ Game

What's Smart and What Is Not?
What is IQ, Really?
Beyond Outdated IQ
The Unexpected Gifted Adult
Mistaken Identities by the Millions
The Everyday Genius Next Door

5. Standing What You “Know” on Its Head

The Everyday Genius Mind: The Same and Different
How “Different” Becomes “Wrong”
Gifted Needs
The Destiny Question: Disown or Deliver?
Are There Others Like Me? And Are They Normal?
Rebel, Nerd, or Marvel?
Reframing Genius


6. Evolutionary Intelligence: The Next Step

Retesting the Waters of Intelligence
What's Evolution Got to Do with It?
The EvI Formula

7. The Evolutionary Intelligence Profile

About the EvI Profile
What the EvI Score Tells You
Exploring Your EvIQ Score
Evolutionary Intelligence in Real Life
It Only Looks Revolutionary After the Fact


8. Gifted or Cursed?

Correcting the “Too-Too” Misdiagnosis
Déjà vu
Gifted or Cursed? My Own Beginnings
Five Basic Truths About Giftedness
A Bittersweet Experience
The Essentials of Self-Discovery
The Real Enemy – Fitting In
The Ten Criticisms

9. Confronting the First Five Criticisms

Rewriting Personal History
Criticism #10: “Why Don't You Slow Down?”
Criticism #9: “You Worry About Everything!”
Criticism #8: “Can't You Just Stick with One Thing?”
Criticism #7: “You're So Sensitive and Dramatic!”
Criticism #6: “You Have to Do Everything the Hard Way.”

10. Getting Free from the Top Five Criticisms

Criticism #5: “You're So Demanding!”
Criticism #4: “Can't You Ever be Satisfied?”
Criticism #3: “You're So Driven!”
Criticism #2: “Where Do You Get Those Wild Ideas?”
Criticism #1: “Who Do You Think You Are?”

11. Meeting the False Self

Meeting the False Self
Five Blocks That Enslave the Self and Eclipse the Soul
Indulging the False Self
Denying Gifts and Talents
Getting Over Giftedness Guilt
The “Safe Life”
Making Friends with Risk
Seeking Approval
Breaking the Approval-Seeking Habit
Unlearning Impostorism

12. How Assets Can Become Liabilities

The Shadow Side of Everyday Genius: Disorderly Conduct
Wounds and Reactions
Looking Back to Move Forward
Everyday Genius – The Second Time Around
The “Teachable Moment”
The Reactivity Pendulum
The Unbecoming Extremes


13. The Big Three Differences: Intensity, Complexity, and Drive

Managing the Flow: No Trickles, No Torrents
Charting an Evolutionary Course
Intensity: Quantitatively Different
Complexity: Qualitatively Different
Drive: Motivationally Different

14. Self-Mastery: Managing Intensity, Complexity, and Drive

The Drive to Perfect Versus Perfectionism
Ending the Perfectionism/Procrastination Seesaw: Ready, Set, Go!
Managing Feeling
Impulse Management
Reviving Your Natural Optimism
Smarter than Ever: Becoming Superconscious
From Stress Tolerance to Stress Management
The Life Balance Plan
Five Strokes of Genius for Being Successfully Different

15. The Everyday Genius in Relationships

Not Phony and Not Lonely
The Everyday Genius in Love
Partner with the Person, Not the Potential
The Acquiesce/Accuse Pendulum
Listening for Love
Reflective Listening
Assertive Instead of Demanding
The Selfishness That Enhances Intimacy
Real Relating
Relationships in the Workplace: Working Together, Preserving Individuality

16. Self-Liberation

Evolutionary Moments: A Preview of Life's Coming Attractions
The Catalyzing Evolutionary Moment
True-Life Evolutionary Moments
The Rewards of Genius
Declaring a Personal Mission
Beyond I-ness
Ten Signs of Advanced Development
Reconciling the Nine Dilemmas
True Genius

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Référence bibliographique

Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, The Gifted Adult: A Revolutionary Guide for Liberating Everyday Genius, Ballantine books, 1999, 399p (en anglais)

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