Reading & Resources for the Gifted Adult

Themes of giftedness are increasingly found in movies and articles. This is only a partial list of relevant material.


The Nature of Giftedness
The Creative Imperative, Charles Johnston
Daborowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration, Sal Mendaglio, editor
The Edison Trait, Lucy Jo Paladino
The Gifted Adult, Mary-Elaine Jacobsen
Gifted Children, Ellen Winner
Gifted Grown Ups, Mary Lou Kelly Strezewki
I’m Not Crazy, I’m Just Not You, Roger Pearman & Sarah Albritton
Intelligence Reframed, Howard Gardner
Perfectionism and Gifted Children, Rosemary Callard-Szulgit

About and Beyond the Dominant Culture
Albion’s Seed, David Hackett (the seeds of our cultural heritage)
An Empire Wilderness, Robert Kaplan
The Alphabet Versus the Goddess, Leonard Shlain
American Theocracy, Kevin Phillips
The Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Change Manifesto, John Whitehead
The Collapse of Complex Societies, Joseph Tainter
Consuming Life, Zygmunt Bauman
Conversations on the Edge of the Apocalypse, David Jay Brown
The Cultural Creatives, Paul Ray and Sherry Ruth Anderson
The Culture Code, Clotaire Rapaille
Endangered Minds, Jane Healy
The Eye of Spirit, Ken Wilber *
The Hidden Dimension, Edward Hall *
The Last American Man, Elizabeth Gilbert
Luminous Ground, Christopher Alexander
The Magical Child, Joseph Chilton Pearce *
Media Ecologies, Matthew Fuller
The Middle Mind, Curtis White
The Mission of Art, Alex Grey (very strange but also valuable)
Mothers of Invention, Drew Gilpin Faust (exquisite portrait of cultural trauma)
My Name Is Chellis and I Am in Recovery from Western Civilization, Chellis Glendinning
Please Understand Me, David Keirsey (a guide to understanding your differences from the culture)
Political Mind, George Lakoff (how our brain is designed to make links between concepts – limiting thinking)
Ships Without a Shore, America’s Undernurtured Children, Anne Pierce
Shopping Our Way to Safety, Andrew Szasz
2012, Daniel Pinchbeck (very misguided, but some of the key concepts about cultural breakdown have value)
Wired Shut, Tarleton Gillespie

Agents of Evolution
Distracted, Maggie Jackson
Emptiness, Clive Hazell
Prophet of Innovation, Thomas McGraw
Malcolm Gladwell’s work is great for fresh perspectives. Ken Wilber, Francis Fukuyama, Martin Wolf, Thomas Friedman, Bjorn Lomborg and Minxin Pei are worth a look. Jill Bolte Taylor on brain & presence
list of cutting edge work/thought at


Gifted Individuals
First Person Singular, I.M.Pei
My Architect
Tides and Rivers: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time
(fictional series where brilliant mathematician helps fight crime)

The Business of Being Born
Following Sean
Gattaca (fiction)


The Matrix (fiction)

911 In Plain Site – Documentary (how cultural expectations limit what we perceive)
Series- 7 Up (examining question of nature/nurture, this series follows a group of children thru their lives, reflilming them every 7 years)
Who the #$&% is Jackson Pollock?

Passion & Devotion
Mad Hot Ballroom
Murder Ball
Word Wars


National Society for the Gifted and Talented
SENG – Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
Gifted Adults
Hoagies Gifted Education
Metagifted Education Resource Organization
Keirsey Personality Test
Talent Development Resources
Formless Mountain (very cerebral – but an excellent model for evolution)