The Power of Different
The Link Between Disorder and Genius
By Gail Saltz
A practical and inspiring popular psychology book that encourages embracing traits that would normally be seen as 'problems' and using them to thrive in life.
The Power of Different is an illuminating and uplifting examination of the link between brain differences and aptitude. Psychologist and bestselling author Gail Saltz presents the latest scientific research and profiles famous geniuses and lay individuals who have been diagnosed with all manner of brain 'problems' - including learning disabilities, ADD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and autism. Saltz shows that the source of our struggles can be the origin of our greatest strengths. Rooted in her experience as a professor and practicing psychiatrist, and based on the latest neurological research, Saltz demonstrates how specific deficits in certain areas of the brain are directly associated with the potential for great talent. She also shows how the very conditions that can cause difficulty at school, in social situations, at home or at work, are bound to creative, disciplinary, artistic, empathetic and cognitive abilities.
In this pioneering work, readers will find engaging scientific research and stories from historical geniuses and everyday individuals who have not only made the most of their conditions, but who have flourished because of them. Enlightening and inspiring, The Power of Different shows how the unique wiring of every brain can be a source of strength and productivity, and can contribute to the richness of our world.
A Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at The New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill-Cornell School of Medicine, Dr. Gail Saltz is a psychoanalyst, columnist, bestselling author, television commentator, and contributing editor for Health magazine. She has been featured in print and on television in places like The Oprah Winfrey Show, Dateline, Fox News, Anderson Cooper, Today Show, Good Morning America, Parade, Redbook, Women's Day, the New York Times, and others.
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09 Mar 2017
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[...] a book such as The Power of Different is much needed. It signals to society that people with learning disabilities, neurological disorders and mental health difficulties are human and have social value. They are not a burden. They Are just different. — Schools Week