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Are you relentlessly curious and creative, always willing to rock the boat in order to get things done...extremely energetic and focused, yet constantly switching gears...intensely sensitive, able to intuit subtly charged situations and decipher others' feeling? If these traits sound familiar, then you may be an Everyday Genius - an ordinary person of unusual vision who breaks the mold and isn't afraid to push progress forward.... 

As thought-provoking as Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence, psychologist Mary-Elaine Jacobsen's The Gifted Adult draws on a wide range of groundbreaking research and her own clinical experience to show America's 20 million gifted adults how to identify and free their extraordinary potential. The Gifted Adult presents the first practical tool for rating your Evolutionary Intelligence Quotient through an in-depth personality-type profile. 

Demystifying what it means to be a gifted adult, this book offers practical guidance for eliminating self-sabotage and underachievement, helping Everyday Geniuses and those who know, love, and work with them to understand and support the exceptional gifts inherent in these unique personality traits.

©1999 Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, Psy.D. (P)2020 Tantor

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  • john burke
  • 08-06-21

This Book Insults the Reader's Intellect

Authors like Dr. Jacobsen unfortunately are little credit to their profession. She often steps into the territory of a demagogue with this book. This occurs most often in Jacobsen's desire lay out self created parables and vague, ambiguous truisms. I got through maybe 4-5 hours of this but had to stop.

It reads more like a branding opportunity. The writing style is presumptuous, prescriptive, ingratiating and cloying.

Here's some truly meaningless and hollow phrases:

"liberation founded on authenticity" -self help bs

"as you elevate your souls frequency" - did science jump out the window on this?

"everyday geniuses" - self negating, ingratiating, innaccurate. Geniuses are exceptional by definition. Not everyday or common place.

"False self vs true self" - further self help bs with no research backing

For a book that often references the "Revolutionary" it's simply another self help book recycling the same tropes and tactics of the previous. Glad I got my audible credit back.

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