Gifted Support Group:
The Blind Spots of Giftedness: When What We Think We Know Just Ain’t So!

Speaker: Dr. Dale Stuart, Clinical Psychologist

Tuesday, March 12 • 6:00 p.m.
540 South Marengo Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91101

Gifted individuals may recognize their exceptional problem solving abilities and creative talents, but not be aware of predictably irrational ways their brains function. Our brain takes shortcuts to save energy, act fast, filter excess information or fill in missing information, but in the process it employs biases that create blind spots in our decisions and behavior. In addition, our emotions can play tricks on us that distort our view of reality and cause difficulties in our relationships. In this presentation, Dr. Stuart will describe how our brains and emotions can lead us to illogical conclusions and counter-production behaviors, despite our high intelligence. She will explore how gifted individuals are more vulnerable to some of these blind spots when they are accustomed to being right, when they believe they view the facts objectively, and when they believe they are capable of rational problem solving all the time. When we become aware of the predictable ways our minds take shortcuts or limit our objectivity, we can make more effective decisions and act in healthier ways in relationships and life.  


About the Speaker

Dr. Stuart is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Torrance, CA, with over a decade of clinical experience working with gifted individuals and couples. She has been a frequent presenter at national conferences and parent groups on topics addressing the social and emotional needs of gifted individuals, the developmental challenges of gifted children, as well as issues for gifted adults and gifted couples. Dr. Stuart has a Doctorate of Science in Aerospace Engineering from M.I.T. as well as her Ph.D. in Psychology. She has achieved significant recognition in her previous pursuits in academic, engineering, corporate, and athletic arenas. Her own background and diverse professional experiences allow her to form a trusting rapport with individuals from different fields and professional positions and to understand the lives and struggles of gifted individuals.  

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