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Looking for gifted (high IQ) teenagers and their parents [21 Mar 2005|03:20pm]
My name is Lisa White, M.A., and I am a doctoral (Ph.D.) student in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, in San Francisco. I’m conducting dissertation research on how intellectually gifted (high IQ) teenagers and their parents feel about each other.

If you are a gifted student in grades 8-11, or the parent of a gifted teen, I’d like to invite you to participate in this research study. Participation will require you to fill out a questionnaire online, and will take about an hour of your time. All information will be kept anonymous.

In return for participating in the study, you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of eight $25 gift certificates from Amazon.com.

To find out more, go to http://www.giftedfamilies.com
If you have questions, you can contact me at lisa@giftedfamilies.com

Thank you for your participation!

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[12 Feb 2004|03:57am]

[ mood | awake ]

Tonight it just occurred to me to look for any lj communities about giftedness and I came across this one so I thought I'd join even if I don't quite fit in.I'm 17 a girl and a few months ago my psychiatrist told me about being gifted and that she thinks I am.I've been looking into it and reading and I feel so relieved that there are other people like me out there.Being gifted explains a lot of my childhood and growing up why I've been the way I am.While I'm not yet an "adult" I feel I'm a lot closer to being one than I am to being a child.

I could probably sit here all night and tell about myself but I won't just yet I was wondering if you could tell me your experiences with finding out that you were gifted,how old you were and how you dealt.I've started to read this book called Gifted Grown Ups by Marylou Kelly Streznewski and so far its good i was wondering if anyone had any other good book suggestions?

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Gaaaah [31 Jan 2004|12:19pm]

[ mood | discontent ]

Experiencing major disruption in generally staid, sedentary, boring life.

Really, REALLY antsy these past few days...since my birthday on Thursday. I figured if 50 was not a big trauma, 51 would be a snap, but hey, not so.

Strange announcements keep ringing in my ears, like: And now, for something completely different, dub runs away from home!!

It's a little late for a mid-life crisis, and besides I've already had a couple. Can't run very far away from home--no snow tires.

Haven't felt like this in years. There was a time when I would have just...gone. When my life was divided into periods spent between radical escapes froms jobs, or people, or situations. Mostly I was escaping myself and my well-nurtured ennui...well, never mind.

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Aaaaaagggghhhh!! [13 Jan 2004|04:15pm]

[ mood | confused ]

Okay, everything's connected. I'm a Renaissance Soul. I'm gifted, yeah, that's the problem, I'm gifted!!

I may soon have to stop accessing the Internet, and even cease reading archaic, Luddite books, magazines, and newspapers altogether.


Because every single thing I've read lately has given me the inspiration for some great new "idea," which convinces me that I've been on the wrong track all my life, and that now I must immediately drop everything and stride off boldly in a totally new direction.

Trouble is, this happens two or three times a day.

And I wonder why I've never accomplished anything...

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Somewhat interesting... [10 Jan 2004|12:44pm]

[ mood | blank ]

A speech by Michael Crichton on the dangers of science by consensus. Any comments?


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intro's [26 Dec 2003|09:23am]

Hello! For fun I read "Morality of Law" by Lon Fuller. I love philosophy, especially where law and philosophy collide. I also write children's books but have not been published yet. That comes later. With a BA in Social Science and a Paralegal Certificate, I am itching to get back into school to learn more. Finances, however, hold me back. For this reason I am thinking of homeschooling myself to keep the learning agoing. I used to own 2000 textbooks. They were too hard to move, so I ended up dumping most of them.
TPKyteroo jaunting off (Tomorrow People - sci-fi show from 70's)
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Precognition [02 Dec 2003|05:59pm]

Oh, that's hilarious! Owing to the International Date Line, I responded to your post the day before you posted it, cAt!

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Not to Worry [02 Dec 2003|05:53pm]

[ mood | blah ]

I hope you don't decide to abstain from posting, cAt...I know I'd miss you!

And thanks for the heads up on new posts, rather than comments. I made an addition to the community page for Cheetahs and Swans.

dub ;o) [who would write more, and more often, but has been beset by an attack of the blah-blah-blues...]

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cAt's call for opinions [27 Nov 2003|03:42pm]

[ mood | contemplative ]

I think this is a bit of a chicken-and-egg problem: Many people are unable to divorce a bald statement of fact or opinion from the weight of perceived connotation that it carries for them. Similarly, most people, when making comments such as those you outlined, DO intend to have that weight of connotation behind the comment, perhaps because they want to be bitchy/nasty/arrogant, or perhaps because they just don't appreciate that an opinion can exist without emotional content. So, which came first?

In broader terms, I believe that most people haven't really thought through the tenets and precepts by which they live their lives and view the world. When someone poses a contrary opinion, and has the will, skill and information to back it up, they become very scared and defensive. However, I like to believe the situation is slowly improving in Western societies. Historically, this has been the whole attraction of organised religion and radical governments: "Come to us, and we'll comfort you. We'll tell you what to think, who to exclude, and you'll be a member of a real group." Since the 60's, people have started drifting away from organised religion (in particular the Christian sects), and this has culminated in Generation X and continues to this day in succeeding generations. There exists a huge number of young people who are disillusioned, depressed, and who fail to see any teleological basis for their existence. The churches argue that this is because people have drifted away from the fold, but I believe that the opposite is true: we are witnessing the growing pains of a new spiritual/societal order, in which people are beginning to take responsibility for themselves and their own development. Certainly, there are many people who just can't handle it, and who retreat into drugs, sects and other reality-denying activities as a method of escape. However, my fundamentally optimistic view of humanity is that we are genetically predisposed to improve our lot and, now that a large proportion of first-world inhabitants have been freed from the back-breaking drudgery of working 12 hours a day tilling fields, this advancement is manifesting as an examination of self.

We run the risk of narcissism and solipsism as we pursue this path, but the pendulum must always swing to the opposite extreme before it can settle in the middle.

IMHO, calling Dubya a turkey is insulting large, edible avians everywhere.

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Education Magazine [21 Nov 2003|01:14pm]

CROSS-Posted: cheetahsandswan, homeschooling, spreading_wings, homeschool, unschoolers, unschooling

I am a student at UC Berkeley. A group of students and I are working on an education magazine. We intend to publish it in print and on the web.

The articles can be of any length but need to focus on the idea of educational critique/improvement/ideas. This means that you can submit an article that is two paragraphs if you want.

GUIDELINE: Write articles that are about 2-3 pages. Most articles will get edited down a lot to be more condensed.

If you guys have anything to contribute, that would be great. Some articles might not be published in print; that's just how some of these things tend to work out.

Any contributions would be appreciated.
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Magnetically-induced Savantism [16 Nov 2003|10:58am]

[ mood | intrigued ]

Lots of experimentation going on with Trans-cranial Magnetic Stimulation, and some indication that it creates the possibility of ordinary people becoming "savants." Definitely ethical issues around this...here are some links:

http://www.centreforthemind.com/publications/scientific.cfm (major Australian site, Basso!)




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Personality and GT [16 Nov 2003|10:31am]

[ mood | curious ]

Anyone else interested in the Enneagram or the MBTI? (I think cAt is Enneagram-friendly...)

Just wondering if there's a correlation between being gt and personality type? I'm an Enneagram 5w4, and an INTJ. For that matter, I'm an Aquarian Dragon, with Cancer rising and an oppositional Leo Moon (LOL).

I working on an idea for exploring self-knowledge using personal terms of reference, and I'm really curious about what you all think about personality typing.

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GT in the Movies [16 Nov 2003|10:23am]

[ mood | curious ]

Some thoughts crossing my mind today...

Movies about gts...is Master and Commander one? I haven't seen it; it just occurs to me that it might be.

Obviously, there have been A Beautiful Mind, and Good Will Hunting, and that recent one with Sean Connery, Searching for...somebody? Would you consider Rainman to be about a gt?

Any others come to mind?

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My latest grooviness [08 Nov 2003|08:52pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

I have not fallen off the face of the earth!

(wild applause)

I've been busy skulking around the psych department at school, wethering multiple meetings with multiple profs.

Friends, it has all finally come to fruition.

I'm doing my own research project!!

I've designed it, I'm running it, I'm writing it up -

- and I'll eventually present it at conference.

I am so stoked. I'm finally doing what I thought I'd be doing as an undergrad all along!

I just wanted to share this with yall, as I figured that this crowd would appreciate the experience.

Sarah, also a Renaissance Woman...

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Renaissance Housekeeping [05 Nov 2003|05:21pm]

[ mood | chipper ]

Okay, that's not really the subject of this post, but I have a couple of little things I wanted to pass along in two areas:

Further to our discussion about housekeeping and procrastination, and Basso's mention of list-making, here's an idea from the book by Rita Emmett: she recommends that you make a list of everything you've been meaning to do, but haven't; everything that needs to be checked out, changed, returned, removed, repaired, waxed, cleaned, put away, altered, organized, replaced, converted, moved, taken out, tossed out, remodeled, washed, deleted, painted, finished, decluttered, and/or purchased. Then she notes that you don't do this just once in your life, because this list constantly changes.

Anytime you start feeling overwhelmed with things to do, you need to write that list. As long as everything is floating around in your head, you can't think straight, and soon guilt and anxiety muddle your thinking. Most people report that just the act of writing out the list results in their taking care of one or several of the items within a day or two.

This reminds me of the advice in another book, "Write It Down, Make It Happen," (can't remember author right now). I've been amazed several times upon coming across old lists of things I want to do to find that I've done almost all of them, while forgetting I'd ever made the list! It's almost spooky...

The other piece I wanted to quote has to do with being Renaissance people:

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects. - Lazarus Long (Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, 1973)

I made my own, very extensive, list of things I wanted to be able to do some years ago. Maybe I'll try to dig that one up.

;o) dub

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Renaissance Souls [06 Nov 2003|10:03am]

[ mood | interested ]

Thanks, duba! What a great site.

Strangely enough, I've always considered myself to be a sort of Renaissance Man, and everything on this site rang true for me. I have 3 University degrees in disparate areas (Law, IT and music performance), always feel I have to do 3 or 4 things simultaneously to feel fulfilled, and so on.

My current plan is as follows:
IT Contractor - intellectual/problem-solving and money
Opera/Lieder - emotional/spiritual and physical
Rock Climbing and cycling - physical and spiritual

While there are a hundred other things that interest me, I am restricting myself strongly to these 4 activities. But next year, who knows?

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Interesting Site [05 Nov 2003|01:19pm]

[ mood | inspired ]

I would imagine that most of us at C&S would be considered "Renaissance Souls." Check this out: Renaissance Souls

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Communities [04 Nov 2003|05:46pm]

[ mood | indescribable ]

Hah! I forgot I was in Enneagram, too, then I got an e-mail today about participating in the study. I'm also in neuroscience because I've had brain surgery (okay, stop all those rude remarks! I had an aneurysm, that's all!!).

dub ;o)

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Procrastination [04 Nov 2003|11:00am]

[ mood | good ]

The discussion yesterday about housework inspired me to look up a little book that has helped me greatly in the past: The Procrastinator's Handbook: Mastering the Art of Doing It Now, by Rita Emmett. It was published in 2000, so I imagine it's still available.

It's especially good on the subject of get started on things, even doing just a little bit. I highly recommend it.

dub ;o)

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Re: Housekeeping [04 Nov 2003|02:28pm]

I get the Connectedness of Things feeling too, and the only way I've found to get around it is to make a list. Every little thing for every room. This does two things for me:

1. It lets my mind obsess about the entirety of the task, venting as it were.
2. I can then slavishly follow the list while wearing a walkman and listening to loud, distracting music.

I still have the voices going round in my head, but they get sort of beaten into submission by the music.
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