The Gifted Introvert; Too much pursuit of happiness?; Confidence; Gender labels


“I believe the ultimate aim of all human beings is to obtain happiness and a sense of fulfillment.” The Dalai Lama

“The effort to try and feel happy is often precisely the thing that makes us miserable.” Oliver Burkeman

Oliver Burkeman is author of “The Antidote” and argues that “it is our constant efforts to eliminate the negative – insecurity, uncertainty, failure, or sadness – that is what causes us to feel so insecure, anxious, uncertain, or unhappy.”

“If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle.” / “A filmmaker is a filmmaker.”

Kathryn Bigelow won the first Academy Award ever presented to a female director, for her outstanding Best Picture winner, “The Hurt Locker.” Her new movie “Zero Dark Thirty” opens in limited release later this month.

In an article she commented, “I’ve spent a fair amount of time thinking about what my aptitude is, and I really think it’s to explore and push the medium. It’s not about breaking gender roles or genre traditions.”

By Emilie Wapnick

I’ve written before about my experiences with childhood bullying.It’s something that a lot of multipotentialites seem to have experienced (apparently when you do origami at recess and play violin in an orchestra, other kids think you’re weird…)

And yet the truth is that the worst, most enduring bullying I ever experienced was not inflicted by my classmates at all, but by myself.

By Lesley Sword, Gifted and Creative Services Australia

Western civilisation today is dominated by the extravert viewpoint.  This is because extraverts outnumber introverts 3 to 1, are more vocal than introverts and are more understandable than introverts.

However, while introverts are a minority group in society, they form the majority of gifted people.

[photo:]  “I think I’m a weird combination of deeply introverted and very daring. I can feel both those things working.”Actor, director, writer Helen Hunt