The Gifted Adult

A Revolutionary Guide for Liberating Everyday Genius
by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, Psy.D. | Ballantine Books © 2000 · 416 pages

Mary-Elaine Jacobsen is one of the world's leading authorities on gifted adults and this book is packed with wisdom on how "everyday geniuses®" can rock it. We'll explore how to develop our evolutionary IQ as we work hard, silence the (inner and outer) critics and learn how to bounce back as we become co-creators in liberating our everyday genius.

“Of course you’re different. You’re intense, complex, and driven because you’re gifted.”

~ Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, Psy.D. from The Gifted Adult

The Gifted Adult.

This may be a book that you missed despite the fact that it is read by many people all over the world. I still can’t remember how I discovered it but I’m thrilled I did. And, I think you’re going to love it.

If you dig these PhilosophersNotes you’re almost definitely one of the millions of “Everyday Geniuses®” out there (Jacobsen counts 20 million in the US alone) looking to most fully and authentically give their gifts to the world… but, unfortunately, too often feeling a sense of purpose that is not quite being fulfilled.

That sound vaguely familiar?

If so, I HIGHLY recommend the book. It was a life changer when I first read it several years ago and it’s been refreshing to re-read it after quite a bit of growth—reflecting on the seeds planted by the book that have now taken firm root in my life.

You’re busy. I’m busy.

So, let’s jump right in, shall we?!? :)

My gut is that if we’re going to learn some Big Ideas about how we can unleash our Everyday Genius®, might as well start by understanding where the word genius came from in the first place, eh?!?

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About the author


Mary-Elaine Jacobsen, Psy.D.

Author of The Gifted Adult