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Sherrlene Uy

Teacher - English and Research, Glendale School, Inc. (QC, Phil)

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What are the challenges that gifted and creative individuals face at present?

Hi everyone! I am working on a research about the gifted and creative individuals. I'd like to know what are the challenges that the gifted and creative people experience in your country. Share your thoughts please :) Thanks!

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  • Mar 10 2013: Those who hold to the culture of university eg, not only can't fathom an 'uneducated' individual approaching their level of intelligence, they cannot seem to deal with intuitive innovation. University is in the box. Intuitive people are outside the box. That's why I hold US Patent 7,895,850 and major OEM engineers insist it can't work, while I have one running in W Chester, Pa. They don't even want to see it. They can't tolerate the idea that something they don't understand, which was discovered by an 11th grade dropout, with no deep engineering or math training, can work, and enhance and improve what they have invented and marketed. It is part NIH syndrome (not invented here). They are threatened by raw intelligence, and original thought. So, the 'engineers' and so-called 'scientists' look down on me, and I am given no credibility, even though I correct what engineers produce and market unperfected. They take umbrage that I tell them I corrected their problem, rather than offer some reward - even kudos. I am relegated to the ranks of my peers in the field, because I am at that level of credentialing. Credentials and orthodoxy create my glass ceiling. My polish is rough, and manner direct. I am an INTP by Keirsey Temperament score. Connect the dots. My peers too dislike me. My 'intelligence', my propensity to be correct so often in our field, and innovative, and creative (original) thinking, and use of metaphor no doubt intimidates. I am made fun of, yet they call me and use me without compensation when they are stumped on a technical problem. They make fun of my suggestions for invention, calling me Ralph Kramdon. Before I got a patent, it was "If that worked, don't you think Carrier or somebody would already have invented it!?" After being awarded the patent, it's just luck that I got it - a one-in-a-billion fluke. My many other inventions which I can't afford to pursue don't count. Just more hair-brained schemes. Creative/gifted is a lonely place. speak further?
    • Mar 10 2013: Your mind is colourful, they just can't appreciate it.
      • Mar 11 2013: Thanks Michael. The world values different, and I think far shallower things.
        Relevance is difficult for us, ya know? I think we need a place to meet, be a group.
        I rarely meet anyone who understands me when I go deep. I see many people right here now, whom I can see 'get it'.

        In one way, I regret not getting formal education. But then I think, would they have taught me that I can't do the things I do? Part of inventiveness for me, is that nobody taught me these things I imagine couldn't be done.

        "It's kind of fun to do the impossible." ~ Walt Disney
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      Mar 13 2013: It's like you want some rainbow but they can only appreciate black and white.... worse, they call you WRONG for having a different mindset... tsk :(

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