This was the best book I’ve read. It was beautifully written, wasn’t overhyped and went beyond the basics.
I feel that many gifted books, even for adults, focus too much on reassurance. They discuss Dabrowski, tell the reader they aren’t alone and provide a superficial understanding. Some go beyond this and provide a solid read, such as The Gifted Adult, but I rarely walked away propery understanding myself.
This book was refreshing and gave me multiple points to research further. Silverman referenced and provided an overview of many modern studies and theories without bogging the reader down with academia.
Perhaps I am being too harsh. However this book is definitely the standout.
I have severe anxiety. I know that makes me ‘twice exceptional’ and that my giftedness, combined with my disability, provides unique barriers. Most of the literature I’d found though was about twice exceptional children, with a particular focus on educating them. I felt like such an outlier.
This book was such a relief to read. I was initially hestitant to buy it because I was concerned that the authors illness (neuroimmune) wouldn’t have much overlap with my own. This was one of the first books that seemed to make sense of the past 8 years.
She covered a lot of issues I’d been facing, ones that had been quite confusing to me and hard to articulate to others. An example is that it is hard for service providers to understand the severity of my anxiety because my gifted brain is able to compensate.
It was incredibly helpful and reassuring. I highly recommend it.
I bought this book because I wanted to understand how anxiety and giftedness interact with each other. Very little resources seem to be targeted at people like me and I was hopeful that I would be able to learn more about any overlap. The chapter on anxiety covered aspergers, OCD and personality disorders, but it didn’t even cover generalized anxiety disorder.
In that respect, it wasn’t useful to me at all. I was able to pick up little bits of information that made it worthwhile. If you are in a similar situation, it isn’t worth your month.
Note: I know it was book targeted at practictioners and I can see how it would help with diagnosis. I’ve read a number of books targeted at psychologists or doctors and have been able to apply some of the strategies to my own situation.
This book was incredibly useful. It dove headfirst into the topic of intensity, specially from Dabrowskis framework of overexcitabilities. In many respects it was fascinating. It went into more detail then other books when talking about sensitivities. It also placed a lot of emphasis on positive disintegration, a concept I am struggling to believe in. Many of the chapters on this actually triggered me. There was an implication that some symptoms and ‘discomfort’ were actually symptoms of positive development. As someone who got incredibly sick… I disagree. I’ll be writing about this later.
If you don’t agree with Dabrowski’s though you may struggle with it. I feel like this concept has been hijacked by the gifted community and my views are more aligned with ‘openness to experience.’ If you feel similar then this book will be polarizing but still worthwhile.
This book as abhorrent. I felt bad saying that until I got my friend, who introduced me to the concepts surrounding gifted adults, to read it. She agreed that it was so basic!
The information was incredibly basic and is the type of information you’d find in articles that introduce parents to the idea their child is gifted. It wasn’t helpful at all. Instead it was full of generic case studies and generalizations.
It may help those who are trying to get an insight into the issues facing gifted adults and have done no prior reading. For me, I got very little out of it.