Books and Journals

The following is not an exhaustive list. Rather, it is a starting point for anyone who wants to study giftedness and gifted people. Even if you directly consult with a specialist, you will find the following books and journals helpful.

Dr. Ruf's Book

5 Levels of Gifted: School Issues and Educational Options (2005) (formerly titled Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind). 5 Levels of Gifted, published by Great Potential Press, combines four years of data gathering from 50 families with nearly 30 years of research and experience in the field of giftedness, individual differences, and high intelligence. The book is aimed primarily at parents and vividly describes the upper 10 to 15 percent of the intellectual continuum in human beings from birth to adulthood as manifested in their behaviors, thoughts, accomplishments, and test scores. She introduces the concept of Levels of Giftedness and makes it very clear how many factors contribute to a person's intellectual levels and achievement. Learn more or buy now.

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Parenting Issues and Help

Schooling Topics and Homeschooling

Intelligence, Careers, Life Outcomes

Other Learning Issues (Twice Exceptional, Visual-Spatial, Dyslexia, etc.)

Gender Differences

Personality Differences


Personality Differences

MothersylesMotherstyles: Using Personality Type to Discover Your Parenting Strengths (2006), by Janet P. Penley and Diane Eble. This book helps parents understand how personality type, defined by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, affects parent-child interactions and family dynamics. Looking at how parents react to their children, and why, the authors offer ways to overcome the parenting challenges inherent to each type.


Please Understand Me II: Temperament, Character, Intelligence (1998), by David Kiersey. For 20 years, Keirsey has investigated personality differences, working to define the facets of character that distinguish one from another. His findings form the basis of Please Understand Me II, an updated and greatly expanded edition of his original book which was published in 1978. One major addition is Keirsey's view of how the temperaments differ in the intelligent roles they are most likely to develop. We all have a long suit and a short suit in what interests us and what we do well, he says, and fortunate indeed are those whose work matches their skills.


A Parent's GuideUnderstanding Creativity (2004), by Jane Piirto. In this textbook, the author’s descriptions of well-known people in various creative fields—art, music, dance, theater, writing, science, math, business, technology—are fascinating, particularly the predictive behaviors apparent in childhood. She outlines the creative process and theories of how it develops.



Understanding those who CreateUnderstanding Those Who Create (1998), by Jane Piirto.   Dr. Piirto illustrates her research regarding creativity and talent development with biographical material and life patterns of the creatively gifted, such as artists, writers, scientists, musicians, entrepreneurs, actors, and dancers. The author also provides ways for parents or educators to enhance and stimulate creativity, particularly in children.