Gifted Lives: What Happens when Gifted Children Grow Up by Joan Freeman

By Joan Freeman

This booklet unearths the dramatic tales of twenty outstandingly talented humans as they grew from early promise to adulthood in Britain. Recorded over the last thirty-five years by way of award-winning psychologist, Joan Freeman, those attention-grabbing debts display the frustrations and triumphs of her participants, and investigates why a few fell by way of the wayside when others reached reputation and fortune.

These unparalleled humans own a number of highbrow, social and emotional presents in fields akin to arithmetic, the humanities, song and spirituality. via their specific talents, they have been frequently faced with additional emotional demanding situations, comparable to over-anxious and pushy mom and dad, instructor put-downs, social trip-wires, boredom and bullying at school and conflicting existence offerings. Their tales illustrate how likely risk free occasions may have devastating life-long results, and confront the reader with interesting questions reminiscent of: Does having a super brain support while you are ethnically various or pain severe melancholy? How does a world-class pianist cope whilst repetitive pressure damage moves, or a tender financier while he hits his first million? what's the emotional influence of grade-skipping?

Joan Freeman’s insights into the twists and turns of those lives are interesting and deeply relocating. She exhibits us that whereas destiny has a component to play, so does a private outlook which may see and seize a fleeting likelihood, conquer nice odds, and installed the required labor to boost early life prodigy to greatness. Readers will determine with the various interesting facets of those people’s lives, and maybe study whatever approximately themselves too.

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