Bright Adults: Uniqueness and Belonging across the Lifespan

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Chapter 1 Bright Adults by Ellen Fiedler


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Ellen Fiedler, Ph.D.

Gifted Adults/ Interpersonal Relationships/ Learning

Explore unique challenges faced by bright and gifted adults throughout their life stages, beginning with age 18. These individuals often do not see themselves for the complex adults they are. This book addresses their needs to belong, to remain authentic to their identities, to contribute to the world, and to find challenge and meaning in life when faced with issues of multipotentiality, idealism, and feelings of isolation. From decisions about college and graduate school to first jobs and career paths, from marriage and parenthood to aging and death, Fiedler provides thought-provoking insights and advice on the lives of bright and gifted adults.


Length: 320 Pages
ISBN 13 digit: 978-1-935067-41-2


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Many gifted people will recognize this sailing tour Ellen Fiedler describes. It is both exhilarating and challenging: sunshine and bad weather; hard work and relaxation; going solo or choosing others in your boat. This book is a welcome addition to the scarce literature for gifted adults.

Noks Nauta, M.D., Ph.D., Gifted Adults Foundation, The Netherlands

Expertly researched and masterfully written, “Bright Adults” offers valuable insights and guidance into the complex worlds of gifted grown-ups.  Ellen Fiedler takes the reader through stages of growing up gifted, from young adult “voyagers” to middle-age “navigators” to elder “cruisers,” and at each step, she offers numerous practical ideas to enhance one’s lifelong journey.  No matter your age or stage, you will identify with the wisdom in this sailing adventure through gifted adulthood.

James R. Delisle, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Education (Retired), Kent State University

This brilliantly written book is a compass for intelligent people as they approach all stages of development.

Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D., Psychologist and Director, Gifted Development Center and Institute for the Study of Advanced Development

Bright adults will welcome the pithy insights that Dr. Ellen Fiedler delivers. Smartly updated stages of adult development are coupled with contemporary suggestions to assist the gifted in self-understanding and personal growth.  This book offers support and encouragement that is much needed by today’s evolving gifted adult population.

Michele Kane, Ed.D., Professor, Northeastern Illinois University


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