A Manual Helps

Suppose you buy a nice new piece of electronics, recommended by your friends or the media: unparalleled function and quality! At home, you remove its packaging; let the show begin! But unfortunately, it’s not working, or only partly. While one asks friends or experts, another starts searching for the manual, a third keeps on pressing all buttons, and a fourth … ….. read on

Let there be complexity

For me, complexity is normal: I’m used to e.g. view and understand important issues from many perspectives, and to gather and interpret information with respect to my interactions at different levels. But it also works the other way around: I am not only able to handle complexity, I need it too. Without complexity my work feels fragmented or superficial and … ….. read on

Extra receptivity

It is a fact that extra intelligent people experience life in an unusually intense manner: They are extremely interested in new developments, very concerned with others, or just as strongly introverted, have an outspoken taste in food, clothing or interior design, an extremely vivid imagination, exceptional or extremely outspoken ideas, and so on. The average environment considers all this somewhat … ….. read on


Temperament theory was introduced by Hippocrates in 370 BC and through the centuries has taken various forms and had varied degrees of popularity. It is founded on the idea that four essentially different personality patterns can be distinguished. American psychologist, David Keirsey, introduced in his book, Please Understand Me (1978), a link between Temperament theory and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator … ….. read on

Male / female archetypes

Rigid role conceptions about masculine and feminine can act as a hindrance to expressing one’s Xidentity. Deep convictions of the family involved, as well as of their environment may lie at the foundation of this. Archetypes are useful in making these thinking and behavioural patterns more explicit. They provide some handles to seeing the direction in which a change can … ….. read on

Degree of Xi

It is easy to imagine that gradations of Xi exist. One person is, for example, structurally more curious than the other, or knows even fewer boundaries. In other words: extra intense, extra complex, and extra driven. The stronger the extra intelligence is, the more uncommon the XIP is, by definition, and most often, the more important a proper management of … ….. read on

Imaginal / Verbal thinking

Imaginal thinking is thinking in a multi-dimen­sional associative structure of “images” in time and space. Often, the structure has visual aspects, hence the term imaginal thinking. The image can be connected to sounds, feelings or other sensory impressions. In that case imaginal thinking is an associative structure of experiences, perceptions or pieces of imagination. Imaginal thinking is the way of … ….. read on

Multiple intelligences

‘Do not ask how smart you are: Ask how you are smart. Do not ask how motivated you are: Ask how you are motivated.’ Howard Gardner Howard Gardner (1999) has developed the concept of the multiple intelligences. According to Gardner, intelligence is the ability to process information, and thereby to solve problems, invoke questions, or to create something that has … ….. read on


The Xidentity is a collection of nine characteristic facets of extra intelligence that mutually influence each other. These nine facets can be used as focal points to achieve clarity about how someone is Xi. Of course, Xidentity is not a complete blueprint of someone’s personality; this would be a rather narrow view of the wealth of characteristics that every person … ….. 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