The asset behind the nuisance

Since extra intelligence is by definition extra, XIPs who do their thing will attract special attention. The possible irritation or perplexity of their environment is usually linked to the relatively extra of whatever is happening. Almost always certain patterns will emerge, due to XIP’s characteristic intensity, complexity and drive. These patterns were marked by Mary-Elaine Jacobsen in her book “The … ….. read on

Superhuman or extra intelligent

One of the greatest obstacles to the recognition of extra intelligent people is the mysterious qualities and extreme rarity that many people (including parents) associate with uncommon intelligence. Often it is either a kind of child-prodigy–assumption, like Mozart, or a comparison with other long-gone icons like Einstein and Madame Curie. The people that technically can live up to those expectations … ….. read on

Such a diversity

The left diagram shows the Gaussian- or normal distribution curve, representing the statistical distribution of IQ scores for a given test. The height of the curve above the IQ score on the horizontal axis indicates how many people have such an IQ score, proportionally. The top of the curve, which correlates to the relatively largest number of people, is defined … ….. read on

XIPs in their personal sphere

One’s family as a reference Because intelligence is, to a large degree, hereditary, parents, children, brothers, sisters, and grandparents are possibly just as intelligent as the XIP who is actively preoccupied with the topic. And yet acknowledge­ment is not always so obvious, because: Family tradition or gender prescribes a certain role; Everyone makes their own decisions concerning visibility of their … ….. read on

Intense, Complex and Driven

Mary Jacobsen’s vision In her book, The Gifted Adult, American author Mary-Elaine Jacobsen (1999) introduces the term Everyday Genius to characterize gifted adults and describes their development and behaviour extensively. We have found her description of The Big Three Differences (p. 253) very practical to convey a kind of summarized profile of XIPs. XIPs are different Everyday Geniuses, hereafter referred … ….. read on

Defining an XIP

Definition Extra intelligence (Xi) indicates a subjectively verified, uncommonly high level of one or more kinds of intelligence. It is mostly used in the adjective form: Someone is extra intelligent, or someone is Xi. We call the owner of Xi an extra intelligent person or XIP, in the plural extra intelligent people or XIPs. How can one recognize an XIP? … ….. read on

Willem and Xi

About thirteen years ago, I “invented” the short form Xi for extra intelligence and started using it. That choice proved to be constructive and it has offered to many uncommonly intelligent people a practicable starting point to understand themselves better and tell others about their findings. Annelien van Kempen and me had been using the term of “extra intelligent people” … ….. read on

The three Practices

A few years ago, I realized that, – for decades already –  discussions about uncommonly high intelligence are very often connected with feelings of disappointment and rejection, and of both sides being the injured party: Disappointment about unused talents and lack of drive or results on one hand and feelings of being rejected, underestimated, thwarted or denied on the other … ….. read on

Why knowledge of Xi

Do you essentially identify with three or more of the following five character traits? Intellectually able, has a low tolerance for stupidity. Incurably inquisitive, always curious about what lies beyond the horizon. Needs autonomy, will utilize fight or flight when autonomy is threatened. Excessive zeal in pursuit of interests, does not like others to perform according to low standards. Unbalance … ….. read on

Enjoying the Gift of Being Uncommon: Extra Intelligent, Intense, and Effective

Quite often uncommon competence, creativity and drive remain hidden or partially used by its owners. Do they perceive the gift of being uncommon as a millstone instead of an enjoyment? This book introduces and illustrates three practices for Extra Intelligent People (XIPs) to become more effective in their work and private life, for their own sake and for the sake … ….. read on