Art of Manliness Podcast Episode #57: Ungifted With Scott Barry Kaufman

by Brett on February 8, 2014 · 2 comments

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What does it mean to be “gifted”?

Is it talent? Creativity? Intelligence? A mixture of all three?

Is giftedness something you’re born with or can you nurture it?

Is it possible to measure and predict giftedness?

Our guest today, Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman, has tackled all these questions in his most recent book Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined. Scott is a cognitive psychologist who specializes in creativity and intelligence. Besides writing books and scholarly articles on the intersection of creativity and intelligence, Scott is a co-founder of The Creativity Post, a blog dedicated to exploring the science behind creativity and imagination.

In today’s episode, Scott and I talk about intelligence, talent, and giftedness. I think if you’re a dad, this show will have a lot of food for thought for you on how to raise your kids to be their best.


Show highlights:

  • Scott’s story of how he was labeled ungifted as a child but ended up graduating from Carnegie Mellon, doing at fellowship at Cambridge, getting his PhD from Yale, and doing groundbreaking research on intelligence as an adult
  • What’s wrong with the way we view intelligence in America
  • The history of IQ testing in America
  • Are IQ tests even useful?
  • How being labeled gifted or ungifted as a child can affect the rest of your life
  • What dads can do to help their children achieve greatness
  • Why it’s never too late to achieve greatness in your own life
  • And much more!

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1 bap February 9, 2014 at 12:32 pm

I forget whether it’s in _Millionaire Next Door_ or _Millionaire Mind_, but Thomas Stanley points out that most millionaires in this country are not the brightest of the bright–sometimes being told that one is not “all that” is the very thing that provides the drive to prove one’s self.

2 Masch February 19, 2014 at 8:45 pm

This is exactly what I needed to know while I was looking at colleges in high school! Would saved me a lot of time and money if teachers and counselors would take time to let us know you can take time to figure out what you want to do.

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