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Reversing Damage, Part Four: Focus isn’t Everything

As we have seen, a simple change in Tom’s style of thinking proved he could be a good student. For too many years he’d been forcing his brain into the conventional (and logical) high-focus mode, yet all this did was … Continue reading

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Portrait of a Complex Thinker

My cello student, Alice, played out of tune. She couldn’t hear pitch, or so it seemed, but did this mean she was tone-deaf? I thought not, and after six months of exploratory lessons, discovered that she heard pitch in colors. … Continue reading

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The Problem of Complex Thinking

Complex thinkers know they are cursed as well as blessed. The ability to get lost in your own head is not an advantage if you must focus on what the teacher is saying. But do gifted children know this about … Continue reading

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