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The Power of Different Audiobook

The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius

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Publisher's Summary

A powerful and inspiring examination of the connection between the potential for great talent and conditions commonly thought to be "disabilities", revealing how the source of our struggles can be the origin of our greatest strengths.

In The Power of Different, psychiatrist and best-selling author Gail Saltz examines the latest scientific discoveries, profiles famous geniuses who have been diagnosed with all manner of brain "problems" - including learning disabilities, ADD, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and autism - and tells the stories of lay individuals to demonstrate how specific deficits in certain areas of the brain are directly associated with the potential for great talent. Saltz shows how the very conditions that cause people to experience difficulty at school, in social situations, at home, or at work are inextricably bound to creative, disciplinary, artistic, empathetic, and cognitive abilities.

In this pioneering work, listeners 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. They are leaning into their brain differences to:

  • Identify areas of interest and expertise
  • Develop workarounds
  • Create the environments that best foster their talents
  • Forge rewarding interpersonal relationships

Enlightening and inspiring, The Power of Different proves that the unique wiring of every brain can be a source of strength and productivity and contributes to the richness of our world.

©2017 Gail Saltz (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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    Douglas 09-29-17
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    Finally, a book that highlights the positive side of brain differences rather than simply seeking after more disorder.

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    Crisamar J. Anunciado 08-02-17
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    "Great insight on versions personalities"

    What I got out of this book is that no matter who we are and what personality traits we have, there is a place for each in this world. It also gave me more insight and understanding on what people with personality differences have to go through. Thanks for these insights. It does well to have better understanding of people.

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    shannon lindemann 07-12-17 Member Since 2013
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    As a parent of a young child with bipolar disorder and other brain difference, this book is
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    Wayne L. Beck 06-11-17
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    "Valuable insight"

    Gail bright deeper understanding. She explained things I have observed, while bringing clear understanding. I listened to the chapter on bipolar with a dear friend with the condition. We both came away tremendously enlightened.

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    Paul Melancon 05-22-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great information"

    It was a great help and insight into how people can have disabilities without you even realizing that there's even a problem..

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    Kenneth Black Knoxville, TN 05-09-17
    Kenneth Black Knoxville, TN 05-09-17 Member Since 2012
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    "This book contains so much useful information!"

    This book is tremendous. The research completed was outstanding and the material was presented in a well organized manner. Thank you very much Gail for writing this book.

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    Leslie Trail 04-25-17
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    "Informative and well written"

    Very informative and an interesting listen. I think the people that would benefit from this would be parents, family members and educators of children with related brain issues. For me as an adult with less then steller experiences as a child with dyslexia and adhd... I wish it spoke to me a little more or even give some helpful advise for someone like me. I do think the book does what it set out to do so I give it 5 stars

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    L. Walters Boston,MA 04-22-17
    L. Walters Boston,MA 04-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "incredibly validating and encouraging"

    I was deeply moved by the description of ADD, anxiety,and to some degree dislexia, due to the precision in which it summarized my own life. I thought I had ADD, but had no clue that it encompassed​ and explained the complete set of cognitive challenges I've struggled with from my earliest childhood memories to now as a working adult, husband, and father. Nor did I realize it had anything to do with my aptitude and creativity in math science and music. I've managed to work my way into a fitting career as a research engineer, through what I perceived as hard work alone, without ADD medication or coaching, despite ongoing challenges with planning, organization, time/task management, task switching, reading, paying attention, short term memory, and convergent thinking. After reading this, I'm inspired to try to get an accurate diagnosis​, and hopefully some help.

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