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This volume features articles on counseling and psychotherapy for those struggling with issues related to advanced personality development. Sal Mendaglio’s keynote address at the Dąbrowski Congress in 2016 discusses the role of dynamisms in the process of development. Three articles focus on: (1) suicide risk and prevention, (2) ecotherapy, the uniting of our inner and outer nature, and (3) counseling for gifted adults experiencing loneliness and isolation. The inner experience of being gifted is the topic of two articles: the first, the confluence of issues of race, dyslexia, and giftedness, and the second, the confusion of high expectations, inner conflict, and misdiagnosis. Not to be missed is the fascinating article titled, “Sherlock Holmes and Giftedness.” Book reviews, poetry, and a tribute to Marlene Rankel are included. 

Highlights include keynote addresses by Lawrence Nixon and Linda Silverman from the Dabrowski Congress in 2014. They address creativity and empathy, respectively, as major themes in the theory of positive disintegration. Researchers Eve Her and Fatimah Haron used the Adult Giftedness Scale, available in the appendix, in their study of giftedness, creativity, and postformal thinking in Malaysian adults. Three amazing articles in this issue focus on giftedness and mental health. They include a personal account of twice exceptionality, client and therapists’ perspectives on an eating disorder, and a therapist’s experience of dealing with her own intense empathy with clients. Of special interest are the charcoal drawing by sculptor and artist, Rita Kepner, depicting the concept of intuition. Allegory, poetry, and book reviews add to this exceptional issue of the journal.

Visual Leap is a how-to book for teachers, students and parents interested in making learning easier. In step-by-step fashion, it presents an effective, universal, visual method to teach students how to think independently and critically, and how to organize their ideas for any instructional purpose. 

Peace Within, Peace Between speaks to individuals of all ages who want to live fuller, more loving and satisfying lives, as well as to coaches and therapists who wish to be more effective in their professional efforts.

Theory and research provide new insights into the life of Kazimierz Dabrowski and his Theory of Positive Disintegration and highlight his contribution to understanding psychological development, particularly in the gifted. Marjorie Battaglia’s life history of Dabrowski, based on her journey in his footsteps through Poland, deepens our awareness of influences on the theory. Michael Piechowski’s treatise investigates the roots of Dabrowski’s concepts of heightened experiencing (overexcitabilities) and “own forces” of autonomous self-determination. Kathee Jones relates stages of the hero in mythic narratives to Dabrowski’s dynamisms and levels of development. Research by Taylor Imburgia compares overexcitability scores of two gifted samples, and Linda Silverman and Nancy Miller provide an account of how people and events came together to make possible the publication of Advanced Development Journal.

Highly gifted students have unique needs, and in-class accommodations for the gifted rarely are adequate for those students.  The higher the level of giftedness, the more help that is needed to turn a risky school experience into a successful one.  Highly gifted students need a successful patchwork of options that allows them to stretch, pushes them to be better, develop their talents, and maintains their motivation to learn.  Challenging Highly Gifted Learners focuses on many of the issues involved in assessing and challenging highly gifted learners.  Bobbie Gilman provides a thorough discussion of the ceiling problems encountered on common assessments, as well as strategies for teachers and parents in planning appropriate education.  Successful accommodations for the highly gifted normalize their school experiences and allow them to enjoy the basic benefits of education, too.

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This completely updated, definitive manual on gifted advocacy guides parents and teachers from documenting a child’s abilities to providing reasonable educational options year by year. The necessity for daily accommodations in regular instruction (not just enrichment pull-outs) is emphasized by the children themselves—in case studies and their own accounts.

A book on profoundly gifted children and adults by the leading experts in the field. An exploration of the effects of asynchronous development on gifted individuals. Chapters describe the nature of asynchrony, methods of dealing with the challenges of asynchrony, and recommendations for adapting education in a variety of settings.


A book for parents, teachers, counselors, and others concerned with the optimal development of gifted to profoundly gifted individuals. Topics include:

  • Characteristics of asynchronous development
  • Understanding individual needs
  • Methods of identification
  • Family issues
  • Parenting
  • Counseling
  • Educational options

Giftedness 101 passionately reflects Linda Silverman's 50 years of experience in the field, and is a much-needed book on the psychology of giftedness rather than eminence.

Amazing insights into the lives of gifted adults are provided in Volume 13. You will learn how to use the power of your mind and imagination to create lasting change in Stephanie S. Tolan’s “Change Your Story, Change Your Life.” You will learn how the complex issues of giftedness manifest themselves at various stages of life in “You Don’t Outgrow It! Giftedness Across the Lifespan” by Ellen Fiedler, and you will discover how mystical experiences function in the process of positive disintegration in “The Function of Mystical Experiences in Personality Development” by Laurence Nixon. Three research articles come from data collected in Brazil, the Midwestern United States, and the Netherlands. Also included are three poems and book reviews of Enjoying the Gift of Being Uncommon: Extra Intelligent, Intense, and Effective by Willem Kuipers and Unconquerable Soul: One Man’s Thorny Path to Freedom by Bret Dofek.