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What's the toughest part of being gifted?
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November 21, 2010


Sonia Dabboussi

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The discussion about whether or not giftedness is a curse or a blessing is an ongoing one.  My thoughts are that no matter which side you choose, with a little help and some adjustment of focus it can nearly always be considered a blessing.

Part of bringing out the best…


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Finding others you can relate to on a deep, deep level. I really don't know where to look.

Maybe the library? lol

I know online I could, but I crave 'real-life' interaction at times, where I can experience a full range of emotions.

December 6, 2010


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This is something that so many gifted adults are on the look out for – someone else to really connect to, someone who really understands them and with whom they can share themselves honestly and on a deep level.

Online is at least a place to start. Who knows? Someone you find online might end up being in your neighbourhood. It has happened before!

By the way, ** You don't have permission to see this link. ** might give you a few ideas for some in-person interactions.

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January 12, 2011


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Manal said:

Finding others you can relate to on a deep, deep level. I really don't know where to look.

Maybe the library? lol

I know online I could, but I crave 'real-life' interaction at times, where I can experience a full range of emotions.


Exactly the problem. 

I've run into this same problem while seeking out artists I can connect to.  Many people fancy themselves "artists" but are really just craftsmen.  It's not a question of talent; there are a lot of talented people out there.  But being an artist is something that comes from your guts and has little to do with aesthetics. 

Many (most) people also fancy themselvesl intelectuals.  Our culture has a dangerous pattern of confusing being actually informed and being just opinionated. 

So… The library?  Not as likely as I would hope.  You'll find a lot of very intelligent people who are still to caught up in their personal egos to actually be able to tap into what they're capable of.  And I do believe that people are capable of so much more!  They still judge you based on their high school's "coolness hierarchy."  And I'm pretty "cool" now but I resent having to pass that gate.

…Or they're just there to check out latest Dan Brown page turner.

January 15, 2011


Sonia Dabboussi

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So Arash, what have you found that works for you, or for other people you know?  This seems to be a common dilemma for so many gifted people.  It's something that I'd love to be able to find a solution for somehow and that I think other people would really appreciate and benefit from as well.

Any ideas?

Gifted for Life – Find the freedom, skill and motivation to live, love and lead with passion and make an evolutionary impact on the world!  giftedforlife.com

January 18, 2011


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Sonia Dabboussi said:

So Arash, what have you found that works for you, or for other people you know?  This seems to be a common dilemma for so many gifted people.  It's something that I'd love to be able to find a solution for somehow and that I think other people would really appreciate and benefit from as well.

Any ideas?


For me it was total chance.  It turns out that my fraternity at SDSU was founded by someone I consider to be gifted and after graduating, we ended up forming a hip-hop group together.  Our third partner in the group has many of the same characteristics as myself so now I have two people to turn to; these two guys have known each other since they were children.  My girlfriend of the past 5 years is also one of the only people I can really talk to. This has all been luck of the draw.

In the past, when I have consciously looked for others like myself, it has backfired. Many people who fancy themselves intellectuals are very elitist.  I call them "intellectual bullies."  Purposely talking down to people and enjoying the power you have over them is no different than the guy in high school who physically bullied people smaller than himself.  They take too much pride in their higher intelligence and spend a great deal of time beating up on anyone that doesn't fit the strict guidelines they've kind of created. 

January 18, 2011


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I don't know if you're on Facebook or not, but there's a new group called The World's Biggest Collection of Inellectually Gifted People.  The whole point of it is just to connect with other gifted people and know where to find them and talk to them if you want.  The people who are there so far are definitely not ones who look down on anyone but are those who are striving to be, do and have all they can in life. 

Giftedness doesn't have to mean stuffy or condescending, and I think this is a growing group who can show just that.  We can finally be ourselves – fun loving, intense, emotional, intellectual, a little bit off-the-wall, or whatever we are – and that's perfectly OK. 

I'm not sure how to give you a link to the group directly, but if you log into Facebook and search the name it will come up for sure.  I hope to see you there!

Gifted for Life – Find the freedom, skill and motivation to live, love and lead with passion and make an evolutionary impact on the world!  giftedforlife.com

January 18, 2011


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By the way, feel free to add your gifted friends, too.  We're looking for everyone in that 5%.  (Big aspirations, I know, but why not?) :)

Gifted for Life – Find the freedom, skill and motivation to live, love and lead with passion and make an evolutionary impact on the world!  giftedforlife.com

January 19, 2011


Arash

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Sonia Dabboussi said:

I don't know if you're on Facebook or not, but there's a new group called The World's Biggest Collection of Inellectually Gifted People.  The whole point of it is just to connect with other gifted people and know where to find them and talk to them if you want.  The people who are there so far are definitely not ones who look down on anyone but are those who are striving to be, do and have all they can in life. 

Giftedness doesn't have to mean stuffy or condescending, and I think this is a growing group who can show just that.  We can finally be ourselves – fun loving, intense, emotional, intellectual, a little bit off-the-wall, or whatever we are – and that's perfectly OK. 

I'm not sure how to give you a link to the group directly, but if you log into Facebook and search the name it will come up for sure.  I hope to see you there!


I'm a bit weary of "coming out" publicly right now. Perhaps in time.

February 1, 2011


Sonia Dabboussi

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We're there as soon as your ready!

Gifted for Life – Find the freedom, skill and motivation to live, love and lead with passion and make an evolutionary impact on the world!  giftedforlife.com



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