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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.

Volume 14: Dabrowski and His Theory

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.

Volume 13: Adult Giftedness

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. 

Volume 12: Life Transitions

Compelling life transitions are described in this must-read issue of the journal. Discoveries about the self are often based on new knowledge, explanations, and challenging life experiences. Learning about twice-exceptionality can lead to new insights and re-evaluation of the self, as Joel Lefever describes in “Digging In and Finding Giftedness.” Likewise, William Green and Kathleen Noble show how college students became more self-aware and more committed to meditation and self-reflection following an Honors course about consciousness. A colorful diversity of approaches and perspectives are highlighted in this issue, which include three important research articles and a therapeutic paper titled, “Three Parts of the Mind: A Model for Transformation,” by Michael Davis. 

Volume 11: Social Issues of the Gifted

There was a remarkably international response to the theme for this volume. Never before has the journal had so many authors based outside the United States or writing about situations in other countries. It is clear that “social issues of the gifted” know no boundaries: difficulties with fitting in, developing positive self-esteem, and finding social support are cross-cultural. It’s not easy being gifted! In this volume Willem Kuipers, career coach and counselor in Voorburg, the Netherlands, introduces the concept of eXtra intelligence in “How to Charm Gifted Adults into Admitting Giftedness: Their Own and Somebody Else’s.” Polish scholar and proponent of feminine care ethics, Ewa Hyży, connects Dabrowski’s focus on emotion as the major driver of human development with the more recent feminine values movement in her well-documented article “Care Ethics and Kazimierz Dabrowski.” 

Volume 10: Exploring Intuition

This issue highlights links between giftedness and intuition from Jung’s personality types echoed in Jan Nation’s “The Way of Intuition” and Chris Carr’s “Bud to Blossom: How Intuition Unfolds from Self to Service” to the connection between high IQ and intuitive ability in Linda Silverman’s “Honoring Both Sides of the Gifted Self.” What are the levels of intuition, what do we gain by integrating intellect and intuition, how are imagination and creativity connected to our intuition, and what does the Argentine tango have to do with intuition? Many windows into intuitive processes are provided in Volume 10. These include David Loye’s extraordinary “A Vision of the Future” in which he makes the case for the triumph of goodness in society fueled by the power of moral sensitivity.

Research into the relationship between spirituality and giftedness is a complex, embryonic, and multidisciplinary undertaking. This issue explores the phenomenon of spiritual awareness and its role in psychological, cognitive, affective, and moral development. In “Spiritual Intelligence: A New Frame of Mind,” Guest Editor Kathleen Noble equates spiritual intelligence with a quality of self-awareness that can improve one’s psychological health. Research reported by Sonja Jewkes and Imants Baruss in “Personality Correlates of Beliefs About Consciousness and Reality” revealed that those who are more inquiring, logical, and astute are more likely to believe in transcendent and spiritual matters. In “Childhood Experiences and Spiritual Giftedness,” Michael M. Piechowski reviews qualitative research on adult recollections of spiritual experiences in childhood.

Volume 8: Counseling Gifted Adults

When gifted adults seek counseling, it can be difficult to find professionals with knowledge of the special issues that giftedness itself incurs. Misinterpretation of the sensitivity, intensity, perfectionism, concern for justice, paradoxical thinking, and feeling out-of-sync that are the ground of the experience of being gifted can lead to misdiagnosis and ineffective or traumatizing treatment. Volume 8 of Advanced Development looks at some of the problems that present when gifted adults seek counseling and examines ways in which knowledgeable and gifted counselors provide real help to this unique population. Included are theoretical perspectives, research insights, and therapeutic applications. Douglas Kutner’s “Blurred Brilliance: What AD/HD Looks Like In Gifted Adults” has resonated with many of our readers.

Volume 7: A Kaleidoscope of Creativity

Why does a writer write? Why does a painter paint? And if the painter has children to mother, how does she do it? This issue sheds light on several facets of creativity: the writer’s inner imperative, women who are painters and mothers, sources of creativity shared by the scientist and the mystic, the social contexts favoring lives of outstanding achievement, and the subtlety and versatility of the creative mind. To further understand advanced development, Anne-Marie Morrissey places it within the broader context of spiritual and mystical development across cultures in “Intellect as Prelude: The Potential for Higher Level Development in the Gifted.” In an exploration of moral development, Barry Grant ponders the unlikely pairing of moral commitment and moral relativity, not abstractly but in the life of a real person in “There are Exceptions to Everything: Moral Relativism and Moral Commitment in the Life of Hope Weiss.”

1995 Special Edition:  Giftedness in Adults: A Collection of Works

This special collection of works was produced in response to repeated requests for a book on issues of adult giftedness that can be used by counselors and therapists with their gifted clients and by gifted adults themselves to help them with their own self-awareness. This is a very popular volume. This edition brings together many of the leading articles published since the inception of Advanced Development. A number of new articles on the topic of adult giftedness are also included. This collection is divided into four sections:

  • What it means to be gifted  
  • Emotional development of gifted adults
  • Issues of gifted women and families
  • Counseling and therapy with gifted adults

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