InterGifted Holiday Gift List

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Don't know what to offer or to ask for this holiday? ...

We asked our coaches and group leaders their recommendations for the perfect gifted gift!

Embracing The Gifted Quest

 

Embracing the Gifted Quest
 
This compilation of writings from our InterGifted members gives a beautiful window into the journey toward embracing giftedness. It helps us look back to the past, and into the future, in order to consider how giftedness has affected us, blessed us, and challenged us...and shows us how other gifted peers are meaningfully embracing all of that in the present. You won't be able to get through the book without crying tears of recognition and relief, and you'll be so inspired to make this gifted life of yours the best it can possibly be for you!
 
 

Willem: ”The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society” by Dutch ethologist Frans de Waal.

 
41dtsp1cfal-_sx323_bo1204203200_“Through his very extensive research of the behaviour of primates, but also of other animals, he explains how and why we are hard-wired for empathy in many forms. ”Survival of the fittest” is certainly not the aptitude that we are compelled to follow, inevitably, and totally pardoned by evolution. It was one of the first books that inspired me to look more into the nature of empathy and how differently it can be expressed. As the Gifted often amplify human characteristics, they can be incredibly empathic, as well as excel in the lack of it. It is nice to be aware of your own position in this continuum and why it may differ from dear ones in your environment.”

Sandra Pfluger: “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” by Angela Duckworth.

71thepuifrl“I loved it for its mixture of personal story, rich empirical evidence and powerful message, and I treasure it because it showed me that perseverance comes from a place of strength and not of lack.”
 

Michelle: “Mood Mission”. App for Apple, soon available on Android

MoodMission is an app designed to help you overcome low moods and anxiety by discovering new and better ways of coping. You can find it on : http://moodmission.com/

 

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  • “December” by George Winston. It was a tape (now CD) I played so much in college that it broke, twice!! It just really speaks to my heart, and seems to echo in places that are hard to reach...
  • I really like playing 'Focus at Will' during work projects (https://www.focusatwill.com/) but another, free option that I use during sessions with clients is Calm.com (https://www.calm.com/) which can provide some soothing settings during a ruffled day.
  • It is really old now (and maybe so outdated it's a classic--) but "Simple Abundance" pretty much changed my life, and it looks like you can get it online for as little as $1.99 (now that's a stocking-stuffer!).
 

Ashraf: “Perfumes: The Guide” by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez

“I’ve always been “into” scent, but wasn’t always that passionate about it: growing up, I had what could be considered a “normal” person’s collection of no more than a handful of fragrances at a time. Then in 2008 that changed when I encountered “Perfumes: The Guide” by Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez, and fell—nose first—down the scented rabbit hole. Even if you were not into fragrances, I’d highly recommend this book for the wonderful writing (and often deliciously searing descriptions). It is the reference critical tome for (almost) all perfumes produced (until 2009, when the paperback version was released; so go for the paperback). Check out what rating your favorite perfume got, but please take it with a grain of salt: they’re critics, not gods, and we all have different opinions.”
 
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Maggie: “The Virtues Project”.

51n09e3xfal-_sx387_bo1204203200_“I recommend the book and cards for kids/families and cards for Adults. I've ordered so many sets of cards and simply given them to clients because they are so important. One of the founders wrote A Pace of Grace. I raised my gifted son on this, re-raised myself, have used it with hundreds of clients and as part of training and workshops.
 
The Family Virtues Guide has been glorious for parents to spend a few minutes a day with their kids (and themselves!)” You can find the Family Virtues Guide here! You can find the Virtue Cards for families here, and the Virtues Cards for adults here.
 

Lea: “The I of the Beholder: A guided journey to the essence of a child" by Annemarie Roeper. 

“This is a short, visionary pearl of a book that explores the inner depths of human experience through the perspective of the author--an advocate for gifted since the 1950's. As Jim Delisle described it: 'Roeper takes us on a universal journey of self-discovery and you crave more of her wisdom and insights....I laughed, cried and reflected. If every gifted educator and parent read this, the lives of gifted children would be happier, healthier and more whole’.”

Amy: "The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself" by Michael A. Singer.

 
417z8dzodul-_sx331_bo1204203200_“There are so many amazing books out there, but this is the book I always come back to. I read it twice this year! It offers a simple, yet profound reminder about the importance of living in the present moment.”
 

Eric: “Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World” by Bill Plotkin.

 
41v9003lerl-_sl300_“Addressing the pervasive longing for meaning and fulfillment in this time of crisis, Nature and the Human Soul introduces a visionary ecopsychology of human development that reveals how fully and creatively we can mature when soul and wild nature guide us. Depth psychologist and wilderness guide Bill Plotkin presents a model for a human life span rooted in the cycles and qualities of the natural world, a blueprint for individual development that ultimately yields a strategy for cultural transformation. Quite frankly, this book changed my life. It illustrates the intimate connection between 'inner' nature and 'outer' nature and how integrating the two leads to personal and cultural transformation."

Christopher: "Searching for Meaning: Idealism, Bright Minds, Disillusionment and Hope" by James Webb.

 
51mj2tasdxl“I read this book during a period of feeling very lonely and not understood this spring, when I was going through a phase of existential depression. In the book, Webb explains why gifted people often struggle with especially this type of depression, what the sources for existential depression are, as well as how idealism and overexcitabilities can feed negative feelings towards oneself. The book helped me very much in my reflection process and allowed me to take a look at myself from a meta perspective. By stimulating a reflection process about my social environment, societal structures and my need/drive to make myself fit in, the book helped me to rediscover some truths about myself that I had not (actively) been aware of.”
 

Michelle: “Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution” by Brene Brown.

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Aurélien: “Happy” by Derren Brown

 
41x9n5hjtol“Derren Brown is a fascinating character who contributed a lot to my understanding of human beings and of the nature of human beliefs. In this book, he sets out to show us that HAPPINESS has nothing to do with what the self-help industry wants us to believe. Happiness doesn’t consist of setting goals, fulfilling all-consuming and insatiable desires of status, wealth, health and fame. Rather, happiness takes place within us, through the re-appropriation of our life, the focus on what we can change and the contemplation of our limits. I enthusiastically recommend this reading for a good, happy start into the new year!”

Jennifer: “Mastery” by Robert Greene.

“It is an amazing resource for any gifted person who is looking to get in touch with him/herself and wanting to reach his/her potential. For anyone who is struggling in their career, wants to create something big, and wants direction on how to fulfill their mission!” 
 
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Ania: Leszek Mozdzer’s music

“Leszek Mozdzer is one of the best jazz pianists I know. He has a very big discography at the highest level. I just love him for being so talented, hoard working and humble at the same time. A great present for long and cold winter evenings. His music help me to relax and reset after a day full of emotions.”
 
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Leszek Mozdzer, piano album "Komeda", especially the song "The Law and the Fist" (Komeda was a Polish composer who wrote a music for example to Resemary's Baby movie)
 
Leszek Mozdzer, piano album "Kaczmarek by Mozdzer" (Kaczmarek is a composer and musician, he wrote a music to Finding Neverland movie) 

Ashraf: “The Last Nostalgia” by Joe Bolton.41hftv0s79l-_sx304_bo1204203200_

“Like some of the best things in life, it came into mine by accident (does anything really happen by accident?). I read it with the bittersweet pain of knowing that there won’t be a follow up to it (Bolton took his own life at the age of 28 soon after finishing it). I read it in pieces, with the fear of finishing it, knowing it entirely, because I am only too aware of its finiteness and its finality. This would be the one book I'd take to a desert island—if only because I can't commit all of it to memory. Now I understand people who commit holy books to memory: to love a book so much, to find it so perfect as to make it part of your self. I turn every page in awe and in anticipation of Bolton’s voracious humanity, that attunement to life that proved to be overwhelming. I pore over the words hoping to fill with them that little void perched right above the lungs, croaking at the end of the night, longing to be whole…”
 

Paula: “Into Light: The Meditation Music Of Deva Premal” by Deva Premal, and “A Deeper Light” by Deva Premal & Miten with Manose.

51kb8r-so2l-_ss500“I listen to parts of this CD every morning as part of my morning routine. Into the Light is a collection of Sanskrit mantras sung by Deva Premal. I usually listen to the Gayatri Mantra because it is almost 10 minutes long, and a wonderful meditative mantra or background music for meditation. I even listen to it while driving to work through Los Angeles traffic.”

Georges: “Un Amour de Swann” by Marcel Proust.

 
41u5y2pkhl“This is my recommendation for anyone with high emotions struggling with the difference between love and infatuation. There is symmetry to this book as well, which gives the impression of either climbing and coming down a mountain, or falling and rising from an abyss.”
 
 
 

518tjlmjl0lTrent: "Super Genes" by Deepak Chopra.

“It's well-written book that focuses on epigenetics and how to embrace this process daily. It touched me most in its emphasis on being an engineer of one's life instead of being passive. It confirmed with science many of my inner experiences and personal "tests" with meditation and other practices. I think the group can benefit from the tips and insight that show we can really chart our destiny mentally, physically and emotionally.”
 
 
 

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