What to expect

My plan for this blog, as well as for my life, really, is to systematically gather and present information about giftedness, mainly in adults. I intend to read through a great amount of online information and select the best for this site. In addition to this, I have already purchased several books that I wish to review here. Having at least four of the five overexcitabilities myself, I am overwhelmed by the sheer scale of this undertaking, but I take comfort in knowing that I have already made a good start.

Since i trust my readers to peruse through the links I provide on their own initiative, I will prioritize writing up the books and material that I cannot make available here first. Here is a list of the books I plan to review:

Wade, Allis: “Orientation (The School of Gifted Potentials)”

Streznewski, Marylou Kelly: “Gifted Grownups: The Mixed Blessings of Extraordinary Potential” 

Olenchak, F. Richard, Goerss, Jean, Beljan, Paul, Webb, James T., Webb, Nadia E., Amend, Edward R.: “Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders”

Fonseca, Christine: “Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students: Helping Kids Cope With Explosive Feelings”

Greene, Ross W.: “Lost at School”

Kermadec, Monique de: “L’adulte surdoué. Apprendre à faire simple quand on est compliqué”

All but one of these books are available in English, and some of them have doubtless been devoured by my readers alredy, so I have made the decision to start out by reviewing the only French book on the list. This will require some translating in order to present it to you, so it might take a while.

A Brief Overview of the Relevance of Dabrowski’s Theory for the Gifted

A Brief Overview of the Relevance of Dabrowski’s Theory for the Gifted

If you or someone you know may be gifted, you will need to get acquainted with the term “overexcitabilities”, and this is a rather thorough way of doing so.

Characteristics and Problems of the Gifted: neural propagation depth and flow motivation as a model of intelligence and creativity

Characteristics and Problems of the Gifted: neural propagation depth and flow motivation as a model of intelligence and creativity

The best explanation I’ve come across as to what might be going on inside those gifted brains that separates them from “normal folks”.

Accurate assessment

Accurate assessment

This is a link to a talk talk by Dr. James Webb,  based on the amazing book “Misdiagnosis And Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children And Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s And Other Disorders. I highly recommend both reading the book and seeing this video at least once!

Gifted – and if that’s not what you would think?

Surdoué – et si ce n’est pas ce que vous pensiez?

(Gifted – and if that’s not what you would think?),


English translation of part of a speech given by Dr. Véronique Burban at a conference organized by Mensa Pays de la Loire on November 11th 2012. Translation: E. Orum



What is the difference between someone who is very intelligent and someone gifted (in relation to the test [WAIS])?

When you go above the threshold of 110 on a test, it means that the person has managed to answer more questions than most, and resolve more situations. One talks about the term “gifted” once a person’s result surpasses a certain level in regards to the age, what is expected at a certain level etc.. But what is important to note is that if the result is close to the maximum result possible, what is going to make the difference is really the way the subject approaches the question. So a higher IQ would be taken to mean that a person thinks faster or is better, but that is not really the case, as we will see.


What is noted by this test is mainly the quality of analysis of explanations of situations, but also indirectly the capacities of attention, memory, flexibility and cognitive skills. So a gifted person will score highly on the test not just because of heightened cognitive skills, which he shares with many others, but because of an increased memory which allows for higher retention and more connections between matters. And this is what is going to make the difference. This means that a person who is considered very intelligent, brilliant even, will not be able to respond to certain questions, or solve certain problems on this test, whereas the gifted will be able to due to Continue reading

My condition


It has recently come to my attention that there is a physiological condition that encompasses a great many of the problems that have haunted me throughout my life. This particular condition interacts with many human functions, and can at its worst be quite debilitating, especially in some stages of life. The condition has been described for thousands of years, under different names, and has been studied scientifically for at least 100 years, yet the results of the research are almost unheard of by educators, health care professionals, politicians and the general public. According to this research, some of which is listed in the literature list, my condition can affect as many as 2 % of the population, and there are proven ways to diminish the distress of those with the condition and even turn it into an asset, yet very few environments are examined with a view to make necessary alterations for people with this condition. Instead, many societies actually aim to ignore this condition on purpose!

My condition has a name, or a few, to be more precise, but I refrain from using it here for very good reasons that you will discover as we go along. For now, you will have to Continue reading