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    #152578 - 04/03/13 02:39 PM Re: A question from a gifted adult. [Re: ACh]
    kikiandkyle Offline
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    Registered: 01/23/12
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    The laziness is a real struggle for me. After my daughter was diagnosed with ADD I started to consider that maybe I had it too, I actually ended up being prescribed a very mild stimulant that at least gets me out of bed in the mornings, and my house is a lot cleaner.

    I am also very lost when it comes to knowing what I want to do in life. Unfortunately I didn't make it to college because of various family issues, and it's not really something I can remedy now, so I'm left feeling like I could do so much, but can only do very little if you know what I mean.

    What's interesting is that my mom is exactly the same, and has flitted through various colleges and careers but never seen any of them through. My sister however, who was given up for adoption at birth, ended up getting a phd and has a research career that she loves. I guess nurture really does trump nature.

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    #152584 - 04/03/13 02:52 PM Re: A question from a gifted adult. [Re: kikiandkyle]
    Dude Offline
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    Originally Posted By: kikiandkyle
    What's interesting is that my mom is exactly the same, and has flitted through various colleges and careers but never seen any of them through. My sister however, who was given up for adoption at birth, ended up getting a phd and has a research career that she loves. I guess nurture really does trump nature.


    Siblings can be very different by nature, so I wouldn't rush to judgement on the nurture factor.

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    #152587 - 04/03/13 02:57 PM Re: A question from a gifted adult. [Re: ACh]
    kikiandkyle Offline
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    We're actually extremely similar in a lot of ways, there are 6 of us altogether and she's the only one with any kind of college degree or career even though we all had the potential.

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    #152647 - 04/04/13 08:59 AM Re: A question from a gifted adult. [Re: ACh]
    1frugalmom Offline
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    Registered: 11/02/12
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    Loc: Central United States
    This post/thread has really been interesting!

    I know I for one would love to hear from the younger generation regarding what worked (or didn't work) for them when they were going through primary and secondary school. Personally, we are just wading through, trying this and that, in an attempt to help our daughters the best we can and we feel like we aren't doing enough or the right things. Any suggestions from a generation that has more recently "been there done that" would be whole-heartedly welcomed!

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    #194961 - 06/19/14 03:41 PM Re: A question from a gifted adult. [Re: ACh]
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    I'm stunned how popular this thread got. I'm the original poster.

    It's been four years since I posted this. I've now graduated; I have a bachelor's degree in biology, graduated with honors and a 3.69, and have a publication. I'm heading toward a PhD still.

    It hasn't gotten much better, to be honest (I mean, it has somewhat but it's still not easy), but I've found some directions in which to look. The trick is getting back in the game - I'm presently in the awkward position of having to wait a year to start graduate school, so I need a lab tech job to tide me over.

    It's not easy.

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    #195480 - 06/26/14 11:02 PM Re: A question from a gifted adult. [Re: ACh]
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    Registered: 07/14/13
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    Time really does fly. Yeah, we agree - it is not easy.

    Any ideas that you have to help education of all of the children and gifted kids are helpful.

    School has mainly been fun and social so far.

    We even worry about the non-gifted children not realizing that the gifted kids can get up to speed on any topic unbelievably fast. It feels like there is no way to help the non-gifted kids along the way. They can't tell or see that school is too easy compared to what the human brain can do. If you can't rely on your brain to make a living, perhaps that is when young people get into trouble making their livings in other ways and it hurts the whole society, too.

    So, please post any educational ideas that you have. Thanks.

    Congratulations and well done.

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    #195489 - 06/27/14 08:40 AM Re: A question from a gifted adult. [Re: ACh]
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    Registered: 07/14/13
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    Try to really be in every moment, follow your instincts and see how things line up. Use that naturally analytical mind. Keep putting yourself exactly where you truly want to be and that's how you know you are on the right path. You line up the you that you know better than anyone else with what you are supposed to be doing next. It sounds like you are on the right path. That's great!

    Not to spell it out too much or to be too obvious, pay attention to how things do or do not work out according to plan. Sometimes, time has to pass in order to see the bigger picture, but, focus on those gut feelings that you get and let them guide you. It's possible you'll find over decades that you can trust your feelings and instincts. Knowing that when you are young can be a huge advantage.

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    #197869 - 08/05/14 06:53 AM Re: A question from a gifted adult. [Re: ACh]
    Edward Offline
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    Im very proud that things are working out for you. smile cool


    My advise to you is join a secret society or form one with people who speak the same language as yourself. Trying to deal with the rest of the world is unhealthy, and to put it bluntly they are not worth your time considering the agony they have put you through. What ever you bring to the realm of human progress you deserve to be recognized, and certainly you deserve to have that appreciated. I have great respect for people who dedicate their life to creating anything beautiful.

    I did read your original post and not to upset you are spot on. IMO what makes it worse are the very institutions that use a mission statement only as a feel good advertisement. Little substance backs it up, I know this because I have seen it first hand.

    I thank you for taking the time to type this up. I hope you stay around this forum, you sound like you have a lot to contribute IMO.

    Thanks for being part of this forum smile

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    #223701 - 10/12/15 07:15 PM Re: A question from a gifted adult. [Re: ACh]
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    What kept me alive:
    - Chopin
    - Nisargadatta
    - Ketamine

    Dabrowski is also worth investigating.

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    #232436 - 07/23/16 09:32 AM Re: A question from a gifted adult. [Re: ACh]
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    Hubby tested at 186 in school, I did a test with a ceiling of 145, which I hit. Neither of us did anything remotely academic with our lives. We're very happy and well adjusted. We value goodness and humour in our friends. We enjoy food. We travel. We watch too much Netflix. I had my existential crisis in my early 20s. I hope that's all you're going through. Here's the conclusion I came too, in case it helps: there is no meaning to life, and people mostly suck, but I'm here, and I'd rather be alive than dead, and while I'm alive I can surround myself with things that I enjoy, and people who don't suck. Hope life gets cheerier for you smile

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