Extraordinary Minds: Portraits Of 4 Exceptional Individuals And An Examination Of Our Own Extraordinariness

Extraordinary Minds Portraits Of Exceptional Individuals And An Examination Of Our Own Extraordinariness Fifteen years ago psychologist and educator Howard Gardner introduced the idea of multiple intelligences challenging the presumption that intelligence consists of verbal or analytic abilities only t

  • Title: Extraordinary Minds: Portraits Of 4 Exceptional Individuals And An Examination Of Our Own Extraordinariness
  • Author: Howard Gardner
  • ISBN: 9780465021253
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fifteen years ago, psychologist and educator Howard Gardner introduced the idea of multiple intelligences, challenging the presumption that intelligence consists of verbal or analytic abilities only those intelligences that schools tend to measure He argued for a broader understanding of the intelligent mind, one that embraces creation in the arts and music, spatial reasoFifteen years ago, psychologist and educator Howard Gardner introduced the idea of multiple intelligences, challenging the presumption that intelligence consists of verbal or analytic abilities only those intelligences that schools tend to measure He argued for a broader understanding of the intelligent mind, one that embraces creation in the arts and music, spatial reasoning, and the ability to understand ourselves and others.Today, Gardner s ideas have become widely accepted indeed, they have changed how we think about intelligence, genius, creativity, and even leadership, and he is widely regarded as one of the most important voices writing on these subjects.Now, in Extraordinary Minds, a book as riveting as it is new, Gardner poses an important question Is there a set of traits shared by all truly great achievers those we deem extraordinary no matter their field or the time period within which they did their important work In an attempt to answer this question, Gardner first examines how most of us mature into or less competent adults He then examines closely four persons who lived unquestionably extraordinary lives Mozart, Freud, Woolf, and Gandhi using each as an exemplar of a different kind of extraordinariness Mozart as the master of a discipline, Freud as the innovative founder of a new discipline, Woolf as the great introspector, and Gandhi as the influencer.What can we learn about ourselves from the experiences of the extraordinary Interestingly, Gardner finds that an excess of raw power is not the most impressive characteristic shared by superachievers rather, these extraordinary individuals all have had a special talent for identifying their own strengths and weaknesses, for accurately analyzing the events of their own lives, and for converting into future successes those inevitable setbacks that mark every life.Gardner provides answers to a number of provocative questions, among them How do we explain extraordinary times Athens in the fifth century B.C the T ang Dynasty in the eighth century, Islamic Society in the late Middle Ages, and New York at the middle of the century What is the relation among genius, creativity, fame, success, and moral extraordinariness Does extraordinariness make for a happier, fulfilling life, or does it simply create a special onus

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    1. For many years psychologist and McArthur Prize winner Howard Gardner of “seven intelligences” fame has studied extraordinary people. This book summarizes his conclusions as of the mid-nineties. He divides “extraordinary minds” into four categories and identifies an exemplar for each. The four categories: *The Master—“A Master is an individual who gains complete mastery over one or more domains of accomplishment; his or her innovation occurs within established practice.” Exemplar: [...]

    2. Attraverso la biografia di sette personaggi chiavi del XIX secolo, l'esposizione delle attitudini creative come modello antropologico

    3. I wanted to like Howard Gardner's Extraordinary Minds more than I did. Having already been exposed to Gardner's basic framework of multiple intelligences which he has written about in at least one extraordinary book, I was expecting more of a continuity of those ideas. Yet despite the shortcomings of this book, which examines the lives of Mozart, Freud, Woolf, and Ghandi, I did like the practical advice Gardner offered at the end of the book. Basically, although most of us cannot be extraordinar [...]

    4. It was alright--nothing too extraordinary either way. The summaries of the 4 individuals he chose to exemplify each category were interesting, and I do think there is value in having each of us find reflection and perseverance in our own ordinary lives. Otherwise, it was a more approachable textbook that I felt like I was reading for a college or grad class.

    5. Libro necessario nello sviluppo di ogni spirito umano: vedere i grandi sotto una luce più umana e fragile, con errori macroscopici nei rapporti umani mentre tanto straordinariamente eroici nella vita sociale e lavorativa, dà da pensare.E quando un libro dà da pensare, merita un posto d'onore nella libreria.

    6. Excellent book to better understand individuals that truly make an impact in life, such as Mozart and Gandhi

    7. Thoroughly readable, goes along well with Gladwell's OUTLIERS. In fact, I'm kind of surprised more comparisons haven't been made between the two.

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