A theme to grow into

Are you an XIP, extra intelligent, extra intense, or gifted? How relevant, helpful and accurate is such an indication, such a label for you nowadays? As you may feel reluctant to apply this label to yourself or to others, you may also feel that you don’t want to talk about it anymore after a while. Compare it to cancelling your … ….. read on

Coping with Solitude

In this blog I explore different perspectives on dealing with solitude for the Gifted and extra intelligent people (XIPs). My question is: Does a different perspective lead to different feelings and is that helpful? When I look up “solitude” in a dictionary, I find: 1.   the state or situation of being alone. 2.   a lonely or uninhabited place. Various perspectives … ….. read on

Objective and Subjective:

What’s my Perspective? While there are similarities in the approach both to the theme of giftedness and of extra intelligence (Xi), most differences can be related to the chosen perspective: Do you prefer objectively verifiable statements, even about yourself, or do you find it stimulating to use your own sensory experiences as a reference. In this blog I will compare … ….. 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

I like to write and share my views

It has taken a lot of time and effort, but finally my new English language version of the Ximension website is reaching completion. My intention has been to offer online information on my approach to help “uncommonly intelligent people”  coming home to themselves and enjoying what they discover. Of course this information is more extensively given in my English book, … ….. read on

Xi and Giftedness

Xi and giftedness offer differing perspectives on uncommonly intelligent people. Objectively or subjectively Whether someone is, or isn’t gifted, is usually confirmed by an external authority, according to a specific norm (98th percentile score on a formally accredited IQ-test), and possibly other formal requirements. The basic aim is an objective diagnosis by an authorised professional. Whether someone is, or isn’t extra … ….. read on

Mindset; phrase compliments carefully

How does it feel when people tell you how fortunate you are with your uncommonly high intelligence and your ease in accomplishing anything? Do you take your own mistakes very seriously? Do you think your own intelligence is more or less immutable, or do you think it can be changed by focused effort? Carol Dweck has been studying for more … ….. 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

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

How to Charm Gifted Adults into Admitting Giftedness

How to Charm Gifted Adults into Admitting Giftedness: Their Own and Somebody Else’s is the title of an article by Willem Kuipers that was published in Volume 11, 2007 of the American journal ‘Advanced Development, a Journal on Adult Giftedness’. This refereed journal is published by The Institute for the Study of Advanced Development, Inc., a nonprofit research institution in … ….. read on