I have had on my mind some musical artists who are likely GT.
The two artists I have been thinking about are Siouxie Sioux who people may remember as being part of Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Creatures. The other artist that I have been thinking about is an Australian band called The Church http://thechurchband.com, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Church_(band).
My partner is a big fan of Siouxsie. Siouxsie has been performing for over 30 years, and has now moved into a solo career. Siouxsie had never gone farther than High School, though listening to her, the language in her songs, the words and language she uses in interviews, she is far more intelligent the knowledgeble than someone who never went farther than High School. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siouxsie
The church is a band that I have been following for a long time. They have been around for about 30 years. I have particularly focused on the lead vocalist and writer of many of their songs Steve Kilbey. In addition to writing most of the lyrics, he also plays on the songs in addition to being the lead vocalist. The lyrics are very ecclectic, intelligent, complex, and divergent. Themes in his songs from his interests include the dark side of people, complex relationships, mysticism, legends, myths, poetry, literature. He is also an accomplished artist and his work has been on many of their albums. He is also a complex person, who has had a dark side, including serious drug addiction. Recently I had heard of a concert in New York and decided to go. The audience, a bit more geeky older and intelligent, I felt very much at home and felt that I was among other GT folk, though it also seemed a bit autistic in some ways. It turns out money from sales of merchandise is being sent to a Autism charity. Aparently recently introduced as a Biography about Him and the band called No Certainty Attached. It is very honest and not appologetic about any of the dark side. In reading the biography reading about his upbringing and his education and development, there are many clues pointing to a GT person. The other members of the band who have been together. except for the drummer, the entire 30 years, the drummer came in the picture later. They are also very talented and one wonders about the other members, who may be GT as well, though one would want to know more about them.
The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You, by Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D., published by Broadway Books, 1998.
Elaine N. Aron’s book is aimed at helping people who are highly sensitive, which can include many GT people, especially those with certain Overexcitabilities, though she argues this is not just for gifted people. She suggests that being highly sensitive is not abnormal and such sensitivity, even though it leads to being stigmatized is a gift and not a problem. Her arguments are that people need to take steps to manage their emotions and the circumstances in their lives that overwhelm them. This can be useful, but sometimes can be difficult if the circumstances are such that you can’t make the adjustments. It is good to hear a lot of her comments especially her attempts to reframe and normalize the challenges that we face.
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There are several email lists at http://vcbconsulting.com/gtworld/ for the GT world. Especially for adults, their GT-Adults list is a real good resource. For those into discussing and debating GT-Talk can be a good place. They also have a number of lists for those who are parents GT-Families, and those who home school who have special ed needs i.e. disabilities GT-Spec-Home, and those who have GT children with special ed needs GT-Special
Gifted Grown Ups: The mixed blessings of extraordinary potential, by Marylou Kelly Streznewski, published by John Wiley & Sons, 1999.
This is a good basic informational book for gifted adults. It covers many basic information. The basic point of the book is “This is who you are and what you have to deal with.” This can be a good book to give to a friend who you want to understand you better. As far as books that may help you take steps to grow and improve yourself and live a better life, this is not the best. For many people this may be a good starting point. This book is also honest about some of the problems that gifted adults face in the world and challenges that we need to deal with.
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The Gifted Adult: A Revolutionary Guide for Liberating Everyday Genius by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, Psy.D., published in Paperback by Ballantine books, 1999.
This book is a very useful book for gifted adults. It normalizes a lot of what gifted and talented people are and deal with and tries to provide a framework that people can use to enhance their lives and develop their potential. Jacobsen acknowledges the challenges GT (Gifted and Talented) people face in a normal world where talents and gifts are viewed as oddness and problems and helps us find ways to use them productively and face less pain in the world. This book is also good for those who aren’t sure they are GT and know more about themselves if they have not known a lot about who they are and why they have struggled with life. She breaks areas of potential into three different levels, collapsed or unexpressed, exagerated where all features are very big and balanced where we are able to use our potential to the fullest, but not be as troubled by it. She also helps normalize some of the criticisms that we have heard and face the reality that many of us create a false-self to avoid pain in dealing with others.
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