This book is intended for parents and teachers of intense and sensitive young people and to serve the young people as a friendly mirror in which they can recognize themselves for who they are.
When she heard the author being interviewed on the radio, 10-year-old Emma Grace exclaimed: "Mom! He's talking about me! How does he know me?!" She then said, "That's how I feel. That's what goes on in my head too!"
What is new in this edition?
Chapter 4 introduces the concept of openness to experience that together with intuition and overexcitability forms the blend of personality characteristics typical of the great majority of gifted children.
Chapter 8 expands on the topic of visual-spatial, picture, and non-visual alternative thinkers.
Chapter 13 introduces the concept of emotional style and its six dimensions that have specific activation areas in the brain.
Finally, the topic of spiritual giftedness was expanded and divided into three chapters.
About the First Edition
“The purpose of this book is to give voice to the emotional life of bright young people, to show how their intensities and sensitivities make them more alive, more creative, and more in love with the world and its wonders” (Chapter 1).
Responses to the book
It is like being introduced to my son for the first time.
—A PARENT of a gifted boy.
Reading these pages is like a heart to heart conversation with gifted youth. By letting them speak in their own voices, Michael Piechowski has afforded us the most honest glimpse into the Heart and Soul of giftedness.
—ANNEMARIE ROEPER, Founder of the Roeper School, author of Educating Children for Life and My Life Experiences with Children.
For years, I have waited for Michael Piechowski to put together the full picture of what it means to be gifted. In this volume, Mellow Out, he does just that. Not only does Michael reveal the many intensities and sensitivities that gifted children and adults have in abundance, he devotes page after page to comments from gifted individuals who are growing up with these attributes as “original equipment.” The end result is a book of magnificent proportions—it is erudite, down-to-Earth, and written with sensitivity that will cause readers to recognize in themselves the inner qualities of giftedness. Mellow Out provides information and comfort in equal proportions.
—JAMES R. DELISLE, Ph.D. Kent State University, author of Gifted Children Speak Out, Guiding the Social and Emotional Development of Gifted Youth, Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide.