Somewhat simplistically, perhaps, I construed societal functions as Maintenance, Escape, and Change, typified by the more common parlance expressions of Nerd, Hero, and Martyr…. Gifted individuals interested in, for example, technology, medicine, or finance—“the nerds”—all serve supportive functions in society. They are rarely controversial because their skills contribute towards maintaining society, its leaders on all levels, and its power structure as a whole. Also individuals gifted in sports, music, and the arts are much appreciated. A few are rewarded more for the moments of release from stress that their gifts offer. They allow us for a moment to escape into a very positive experience. As scientists, we go to great lengths to study the constituents of their skills.However, when it comes to gifted individuals having the potential to change the social world by their knowledge and insight, they are rarely as appreciated as their colleagues more devoted to maintenance and escape. We tend to fail to realize the consequences of having an uncanny grasp of cause and effect, so typical of the academically gifted. When confronted with certain conditions and decisions, the gifted individual is very good at understanding what the outcome will be. However, being one voice in a group of others less equipped to foresee the results and problems, who in the group is inclined to listen and acknowledge the single and voice differing in opinion and conclusion? If this individual is being contrary to the leadership, harassment and being contrary to the leadership, harassment and persecution are sure to follow in one way or
another. Interestingly, it rarely matters whether the gifted individual is right or wrong; he or she poses a threat to the credibility of authority. Again, history is full of examples, and “martyr” is sadly an appropriate term.The greater the prestige to be lost, the more severe the battle to retain dominance and authority.Or, as Ellen Winner (1996) put it Gifted Children: The gifted are risk-takers with a desire to shake things up. Most of all they have the desire to set things straight, to alter the status quo and shake up established tradition. Creators do not accept the prevailing view. They are oppositional and discontented.
I think the first step is admitting my problem. Unfortunately, this problem has spanned my entire life. I cannot seem to stop and it is getting much worse…
I LOVE books- new, old, hand-me-downs, used, big or small. It doesn’t matter to me. The worst part is that most of the time I never read the same book twice. And since Amazon sells used books, I spend time scanning through the used books and sometimes they are just a penny! Course I have to pay for shipping but somehow I justify that the book itself cost me a penny.
Well, the other day I went to a thrift store in town to see what books they have for children and it was like a big bookshelf of treasure! I got 23 books that were all award winning and some of my favorites (see picture for some of my finds)!! The best part was they were only 50 cents a book. Luckily the store is 20 minutes away so I haven’t been able to get back over there.
This is another fantastic present for academically gifted readers. Many do not care if the books are new or old. They just love books.
Not sure if I want to share my secret thrift store location with anyone…