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MENSA Research Journal - 2008Giftedness in the Workplace: Can the Bright Mind Thrive in Today’s Organizations? Featured article in the MENSA Research Journal, Vol. 39 (2), Summer, 2008.  Pages 15-20, 60.  Publisher: MENSA Education and Research Foundation,  MENSA International Ltd MENSA Research Journal.

Excerpt: “Unfortunately, most gifted adults are no better informed on the subject than nearly everyone else.  Even if they were identified as gifted youngsters few gifted adults really understand how their minds operate, and most know even less about their innate intensity, complexity, and drive (Jacobsen, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2008).   What they have learned is that who they are, what they do, and how they do it are usually “too much” for other people.  Throughout their lives most have experienced an array of confusing criticisms about their differences (e.g., “You’re too smart for your own good!”  “Why can’t you just go with the flow?”). . . .  if managers and talent developers are accurately informed about giftedness, they may come to realize that distinctive features of giftedness that seem excessive at first glance might be in just the right proportion for brilliant innovation and extraordinary contributions.  The wise employer knows that excellence and creative productivity are the result of a particular blend of internal and external factors: awareness, a supportive work atmosphere, appreciation, a great deal of challenge, and as much professional freedom as possible.”

The Gifted AdultThe Gifted Adult: A Revolutionary Guide for Liberating Everyday Genius®. As thought-provoking as Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence, psychologist Mary Jacobsen’s The Gifted Adult draws on a wide range of groundbreaking research and her own clinical experience to show gifted adults how to identify and free their extraordinary potential. The Gifted Adult presents the first practical tool for rating your Evolutionary Intelligence Quotient through an in-depth personality-type profile. Demystifying what it means to be a gifted adult, this book offers practical guidance for eliminating self-sabotage and underachievement, helping Everyday Geniuses® and those who know and work with them to understand and support the exceptional gifts inherent in these unique personality traits.  The Gifted Adult is available at

Morality, Ethics, and Gifted MindsMoral Leadership, Effective Leadership, and Intellectual Giftedness: Problems, Parallels, and Possibilities, in Morality, Ethics, and Gifted Minds (2009).  Ambrose, D. and Cross, T. (Eds).

“Morality, Ethics, and Gifted Minds” brings together the leading thinkers from diverse scholarly fields to share and integrate their perspectives on morality and high ability (giftedness, talent, creativity). These two broad areas of inquiry should have much more overlap and interconnection than currently exists. One of the many justifications for such connection making is the pressing need for application of intelligent, creative minds to the many ethical dilemmas plaguing our world today. Another is the troubling propensity for some of the most creative, gifted people to generate or catalyze those ethical dilemmas. Along with many other leading authorities, most of the authors contributing to this book frequently lament the lack of wise analysis and problem solving in education and in attempts to grapple with moral issues in today’s complex, socioeconomic, political, and cultural arenas.

Considerable work has been done in various fields to understand ethical issues. This book explores much of the current wisdom on ethics and morality while developing new perspectives on the ethical dimensions of high ability. The prominent authors featured in this book come from diverse disciplines to create an interdisciplinary approach, recognizing that no single discipline can capture the essence and entirety of nettlesome, complex, multidimensional moral issues. More specifically, the book: explores new dimensions of ethics and morality, magnifies the importance of applying highly intelligent minds to ethical issues while developing ways to strengthen the ethical awareness of the creative and gifted, and brings diverse, interdisciplinary perspectives to bear on these issues. Many of the contributors are scholars in ‘creative-intelligence’ fields (i.e., creative studies, giftedness, talent development). Others are prominent scholars from other fields and disciplines (e.g., ethical philosophy, psychology, bioethics, political theory, legal theory, critical thinking, theoretical physics)”.  Morality, Ethics, and Gifted Minds is available at

Additional Publications, Presentations, and Lectures

2008 Talent Psychology and Effective Talent Development. Invited presentation for global organization, DIAGIO, Inc.,  London, UK

2008 Creating Value Through People: Talent Psychology and High Potential, invited guest lecture: Ashridge School of Business, Berkhamsted, UK

2008 Leadership, Giftedness, and Professional Executive Coaching, guest lecture, Bath Consultancy Group, Bath, UK

2008 Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis of ADHD and Giftedness in Children and Adults. Grand Rounds lecture and simulcast, Wake Forest University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC

2007 When the Brain Works, and When it Doesn’t: Views from Neurology and Psychology. National Brain Awareness Week invited presentation.  Salem College, Winston-Salem, NC

2007 Understanding Gifted Children.  Summit School invited master class, NC: Winston-Salem

2005 The Brat Stops Here!  No More Tantrums, Arguing, or Bad Behavior in Five Weeks or Less.  Proven research-based parenting techniques for parents of children age 6 to 12.  NY: St. Martin’s Press

2004 Giftedness Inside and Out: Maintaining Balance in an Unbalanced World, the 21st SENG Conference, keynote speech, workshop, and international giftedness expert plenary session, Arlington, Virginia

2004 Perfectionism vs. the Urge to Perfect in Gifted Adults: Foundations of Excellence. Biennial Wallace National Research Symposium on Talent Development, invited address; University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

2003 The Real World of Gifted Teens: A Personality Perspective. 5-day invited online seminar, the Davidson Institute for Talent Development; Reno, Nevada

2003 If Only I Had Known: Lessons from Gifted Adults. Invited feature article, the Duke Gifted Letter, Duke University Talent Identification Program, Durham, North Carolina

2002 Psychological Testing: When and Why? Professional training, the Amherst Wilder Foundation; St. Paul, Minnesota

2002 Doing Right by Gifted Adolescents and Adults: A Mandate for Healthcare Professionals.  SENG annual convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2002 Bridging the Gap: Raising Street-Smart Gifted Children and Adolescents. Keynote  address, Duke University Talent Identification Program first annual gifted education and parenting conference, Durham, North Carolina

2001 Creativity, Madness, or Everyday Genius®?  What R & D Executives Must Know About Talent Development. Invited address, MN Biomedical Quality Conference and Exposition, published in  Proceedings of the Minnesota Biomedical Quality Conference and Exposition, St. Paul, MN

2001 Recognizing the Highly Intelligent: An Essential and Overlooked Factor in Differential Diagnosis.  University of St. Thomas, clinical psychology master’s program, Minneapolis, MN

2001 Understanding the Personalities and Psychological Needs of the Gifted.  Keynote address, Eden Prairie School District, Eden Prairie, MN

2001 Understanding Giftedness from a Personality Perspective. One-week advanced training and keynote address, University of Montana, Montana Association for Gifted and Talented Education, Missoula, MT

2000 Despierte su genio natural: Cómo practicar y desarrollar la inteligencia evolutiva. International Spanish version, The Gifted Adult. Barcelona: Plaza & Janés

2000 A Crack in the Mirror: Correcting Distorted Images of the Gifted,  NAGC 47th Annual Convention, Master Class award, collaborative presentation with Maureen Neihart, Psy.D.  Atlanta, GA

2000 Parenting Emotionally and Socially Smart Gifted Lids. Invited address, National Association for Gifted Children.  Atlanta, Georgia

2000 Giftedness at Home: The Lives of Gifted Children and their Parents.  Keynote address and workshop, the Annemarie Roeper Annual Symposium on Giftedness, Chicago, IL

2000 Giftedness in the workplace. Invited address, Fifth Biennial Wallace National Research Symposium on Talent Development, invited address; Fifth Biennial Wallace National Research Symposium on Talent Development; University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

2000 Being Smart is Never Enough: Creating Cooperative Autonomy©. MITRE Corporation comprehensive team-building workshop for “think-tank” scientists, Bedford, MA

2000 What is Giftedness, and How Does it Work? American Psychological Association Annual Convention, expert panel presentation with Rena Subotnik, Ph.D., James Webb, Ph.D., Tracy Cross, Ph.D., Maureen Neihart, Psy.D

2000 A Presence of Promise: Identifying and Liberating the Everyday Genius®.  Invited presentation, American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Washington, DC

2000 The Roots of Integrity: Gifted Traits, Gifted Truths. The California Communicator, 31 (3), 19-35, California Association for the Gifted, Los Angeles, CA

1999 Liberating Everyday Genius®: A Revolutionary Guide for Identifying and Mastering Your Exceptional Gifts (hardcover version of The Gifted Adult), NY: Ballantine Books

1999 Arousing the Sleeping Giant: Giftedness in Adult Psychotherapy. The Roeper Review: A Journal of Gifted Education, 22 (1), 36-41. MI: Bloomfield Hills

1999 When Giftedness is a Medical Issue. Psychiatry residency training program workshop; St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Paul, MN

1999 The Brilliant Mind and the Path of ExcellenceNew England Journal of Finance, special edition, published interview

1999 Tools for Women in IT: Taking One’s Emotional Pulse. CareerPath published interview

1998 Encountering the Gifted Self Again, for the First Time. Advanced Development Journal, 8.  CO: Denver, Love Press

1998 The Creative’s Coursework: Understanding and Living the Creative Process.  Keynote address and Master Class, RWA Annual Convention;  Orlando, FL

1998 Eliciting and sustaining creative productivity, advanced published novelist’s workshop, RWA

1998 Leadership and the Gifted in a Changing society. United States International University, Nairobi, Kenya Conference of Psychology: Global Concerns for Emerging Countries.  Invited address: [Unable to present due to regional  instability precipitated by the 1998 East African embassy bombings]

1997 Depression, Anxiety, or Unidentified Giftedness? American Psychological Association Annual Convention presentation, Chicago, IL.