rolade brizuela

Thionville, France

About rolade


English Language Trainer, Luxembourg
PhD Sociology (Ethnicity, Deviancy and the Criminal Justice System)
Books Written:
Journey to the World of Public Service Employment (2006)
Cross-Cultural Liaison: An Inconvenient Love? (2007)
Intelligence, Giftedness: Pre-cradle to Post-grave (2010)

An idea worth spreading

Peace and Social Justice
Human Rights

I'm passionate about

Writing, Socializing, Outstanding films

Talk to me about

Immigration,Bi-/Multiculturalism, Cross-Cultural Relationship, Education, Giftedness, Interdependence of Nations

Comments & conversations

rolade brizuela
Posted over 3 years ago
If 'gifted' is a bad word, what term can we use to describe the highly intelligent and creative members of our societies?
Why don't we debate on the utilization of the word gifted to describe high peformers in sports! Douglas has quoted Kuiper's use of 'extra intelligent'. I've not read his article and he probably defines this concept well, however, doesn't it make cognitive ability simplistic like 'extra large' in clothing and food? Furthermore, as I stated in my book on intelligence and giftedness: "Intelligence has a universal appeal that has profound effects on people's perceptions, impressions and actions. It is interesting that, generally, we do not mind being compared to a friend, relative or acquaintance who is taller, smaller or fairer but we get offended when we are described as less intelligent than the person we know. We do not mind comparing our cars and computers with those of our friends but are not at ease with talking about the fact that some brains work faster and better than those of other people just like engines and microprocessors. Thus, you never are told “You're less intelligent than him/her” even if we know that intelligence manifests itself in some forms and expressions. We are more comfortable with expressions like “She has different talents." (Berthier, 2010).