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Were You Part Of The "Mentally Gifted Minds" Program In California Scools back in the 70's?

 
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I would guess neg to the max!
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I'm not negative, O+. My mom, however, is AB-. And yeah, no mistaking that she is my birth mom. Dad is O+.

I've read through most of the thread but have missed some. I'm trying to catch up. Did anyone mention photographic memory? Can you read, say, several chapters in a book and then when you were tested on it you could actually recall the exact paragraph and words? Thus you always got the right answer? Not because you knew it but because you were able to retrieve the text from your brain?
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Exactly this! Yes!

Oh the other thing I wanted to ask, how many of you get migraine headaches? When you talked about the flashing lights, I recall my first migraine was triggered at school and had something to do with flashing lights.
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Yes!

mil intel...

shhhhh!

i thought of that before but i never thought others would have the same...pedigree.... and other similarities.

i can't talk further on that.
~shivers~

in retrospect there are other things too that's making my mind reel!
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My grandfather was something, lol...my mom says he was picked up at home before work and dropped off after work...on occasion they could pick him up from base, but that was only on occasion. We lived in different states, though.

For those who are identifying with the traits and experiences in this thread (as I am also)...


at what age did you learn to read? math? etc...

I was reading before age 2.. math before 3.. algebra at 3-4 yrs..
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I'm gonna go out on a limb, but I would venture to guess most of us feel a little "different". To tell the truth I don't really view the mass of humanity as my peers per say, as I would have the group of kids I shared those classes with and it was a mixed group of kids (including race, religion and gender).
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Also, lots of paranormal experiences starting at a very early age.

People are drawn to me like a magnet.

Insomnia, vivid dreams...Wow, this is creepy!
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Not California but I was in the program in Illinois in the early 80s. Basically what you described. We were often taken out of class for special testing. Got special classes in computer use with early Apples including learning how to program in BASIC, while the normal kids barely ever got to touch a computer. Also got special library sessions were we could just read whatever we wanted. We also got IQ testing every couple of years.

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Weird, me also.
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Me too, in the Northeast.
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Ha... And one more, in Florida. We got to go to local community college weekly, to learn BASIC.

I'm going to have to go through this thread, perhaps. Don't have any unusual memories about my times in "gifted" program... but for some reason, I am getting a knot in my stomach, just being on this thread. Dun-dun-dun...
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Holloran, to me, represents a native american shaman .... the teachers of gifted programs ... didn't know what they were looking for
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As a kid or even as an adult did you ever down play your intelligence to get along.
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Have to to survive...most men HATE my big brain.
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I know this is a little off topic but, whenever a heinous tragedy hits the news I usually scrutinize the tiny side links for news.
I'm disturbed that we're putting troups in Turkey while Russia is backing Syria.
But more disturbing to me is that NASA plans to run Ebb and Flow into a bank at the Northern tip of the moon at just under 4,000 mph this coming Monday.

And as for having to dumb down to fit in, I've had to do that with everyone I've ever met or known my entire life. I find people become hostile when you out think them on a regular basis. I remember little about the various MGM teachers that I had through those years, but they all would either look at me with hostility, fear or sorrow.
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Not California but I was in the program in Illinois in the early 80s. Basically what you described. We were often taken out of class for special testing. Got special classes in computer use with early Apples including learning how to program in BASIC, while the normal kids barely ever got to touch a computer. Also got special library sessions were we could just read whatever we wanted. We also got IQ testing every couple of years.

Idol1


Weird, me also.
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Anyone else think that the more times one takes an IQ test the better they get at it, sort of like practice makes perfect? I've had the test at least 10 times over my life in various programs. The last time I took it I quite literally aced half of the sections. Either I was having a profoundly intelligent day, or I had learned how to game the exam through practice.

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I know this is a little off topic but, whenever a heinous tragedy hits the news I usually scrutinize the tiny side links for news.
I'm disturbed that we're putting troups in Turkey while Russia is backing Syria.
But more disturbing to me is that NASA plans to run Ebb and Flow into a bank at the Northern tip of the moon at just under 4,000 mph this coming Monday.

And as for having to dumb down to fit in, I've had to do that with everyone I've ever met or known my entire life. I find people become hostile when you out think them on a regular basis. I remember little about the various MGM teachers that I had through those years, but they all would either look at me with hostility, fear or sorrow.
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Do you feel that having to dumb things down for others for so long has dumbed you down a bit?
I had a larger vocabulary when I was 12, but no one could understand half of what I was saying so I just tucked it away. It's so dusty and neglected now that I'm not even sure that it can be used anymore.

As for the news, I find I learn more about policy shifts, blinders, and such by watching the people's predictable reaction to the currently highlighted programming. They may be watching the show, but I'm watching the audience.

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vax=dna upgrade
lsd+hypnosis= unlimited intelligence
the hypno was a tool
remeber to forget
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vax=dna upgrade
lsd+hypnosis= unlimited intelligence
the hypno was a tool
remeber to forget
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You've been watching too many sci fi movies.
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vax=dna upgrade
lsd+hypnosis= unlimited intelligence
the hypno was a tool
remeber to forget
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fuckoff triggertard.
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I know this is a little off topic but, whenever a heinous tragedy hits the news I usually scrutinize the tiny side links for news.
I'm disturbed that we're putting troups in Turkey while Russia is backing Syria.
But more disturbing to me is that NASA plans to run Ebb and Flow into a bank at the Northern tip of the moon at just under 4,000 mph this coming Monday.

And as for having to dumb down to fit in, I've had to do that with everyone I've ever met or known my entire life. I find people become hostile when you out think them on a regular basis. I remember little about the various MGM teachers that I had through those years, but they all would either look at me with hostility, fear or sorrow.
 Quoting: Lisafishes 28828277


Do you feel that having to dumb things down for others for so long has dumbed you down a bit?
I had a larger vocabulary when I was 12, but no one could understand half of what I was saying so I just tucked it away. It's so dusty and neglected now that I'm not even sure that it can be used anymore.

As for the news, I find I learn more about policy shifts, blinders, and such by watching the people's predictable reaction to the currently highlighted programming. They may be watching the show, but I'm watching the audience.
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same.all of it.
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I know this is a little off topic but, whenever a heinous tragedy hits the news I usually scrutinize the tiny side links for news.
I'm disturbed that we're putting troups in Turkey while Russia is backing Syria.
But more disturbing to me is that NASA plans to run Ebb and Flow into a bank at the Northern tip of the moon at just under 4,000 mph this coming Monday.

And as for having to dumb down to fit in, I've had to do that with everyone I've ever met or known my entire life. I find people become hostile when you out think them on a regular basis. I remember little about the various MGM teachers that I had through those years, but they all would either look at me with hostility, fear or sorrow.
 Quoting: Lisafishes 28828277


Do you feel that having to dumb things down for others for so long has dumbed you down a bit?
I had a larger vocabulary when I was 12, but no one could understand half of what I was saying so I just tucked it away. It's so dusty and neglected now that I'm not even sure that it can be used anymore.

As for the news, I find I learn more about policy shifts, blinders, and such by watching the people's predictable reaction to the currently highlighted programming. They may be watching the show, but I'm watching the audience.
 Quoting: mkscrewup


I always joke with everyone that I lost half my brain with each chid I had. It came out in the afterbirth. Seriously, though, dumbing it down is the only way to survive in the world. Lots of people are intimidated by intelligence.

Also, I'm the only one I know who can act level headed in an emergency situation. I know there are other "normal" people who can be level headed in emergency situations, but I'm to the extreme. And I know this sounds egotistical, but I feel like I've been waiting for something all my life. Like I've just been killing time until it gets here. I don't have a clue what it may be, but I've always had that feeling. People think I'm crazy for that, so I don't mention it very often, but those I've mentioned it to, I tell them that people laughed at Noah too, for building a boat in his front yard when it probably hadn't rained in years.

Same hereabout the news. :-) And when I read the news online, I read what people are saying about the news, rather than read the news. I can easily find the truth about something by what people are saying about it.

Sheesh. And even though I can tell easily when someone is lying, I have a terrible time reading between the lines. Things is no grey with me. I don't know if the rest of you feel that way, but it's day or night, black or white. There is no grey.
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Do you feel that having to dumb things down for others for so long has dumbed you down a bit?
I had a larger vocabulary when I was 12, but no one could understand half of what I was saying so I just tucked it away. It's so dusty and neglected now that I'm not even sure that it can be used anymore.

As for the news, I find I learn more about policy shifts, blinders, and such by watching the people's predictable reaction to the currently highlighted programming. They may be watching the show, but I'm watching the audience.
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I know it has, I have forgotten more than I have learned. Unless I'm angry or someone tries to take advantage of me, because those who don't really know me, think I'm just a timid doormat. But when I'm passionate, all of my brain kicks in. My daughters have always teasingly called me a walking dictionary.
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I always joke with everyone that I lost half my brain with each chid I had. It came out in the afterbirth. Seriously, though, dumbing it down is the only way to survive in the world. Lots of people are intimidated by intelligence.

Also, I'm the only one I know who can act level headed in an emergency situation. I know there are other "normal" people who can be level headed in emergency situations, but I'm to the extreme. And I know this sounds egotistical, but I feel like I've been waiting for something all my life. Like I've just been killing time until it gets here. I don't have a clue what it may be, but I've always had that feeling. People think I'm crazy for that, so I don't mention it very often, but those I've mentioned it to, I tell them that people laughed at Noah too, for building a boat in his front yard when it probably hadn't rained in years.

Same hereabout the news. :-) And when I read the news online, I read what people are saying about the news, rather than read the news. I can easily find the truth about something by what people are saying about it.

Sheesh. And even though I can tell easily when someone is lying, I have a terrible time reading between the lines. Things is no grey with me. I don't know if the rest of you feel that way, but it's day or night, black or white. There is no grey.
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In a crisis situation, no matter how grim or dramatic, for me, the rest of the world slows down and fades back, I am quick, efficient, compassionate and yet completely emotionless until the crisis has been addressed and stabilized. And I've always had that feeling of being ready for something big, idk part of me thinks our children are really the link. What they inherited, in terms of gifts and abilities etc.

I stopped thinking in black and white in my thirties when I finally realized that my childhood and young adult life traumas didn't make me a messed up person, but in fact made me strong and tough and able to survive whatever comes up. I think in full color now, hoping some of you understand that as no one I know does.
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I know this is a little off topic but, whenever a heinous tragedy hits the news I usually scrutinize the tiny side links for news.
I'm disturbed that we're putting troups in Turkey while Russia is backing Syria.
But more disturbing to me is that NASA plans to run Ebb and Flow into a bank at the Northern tip of the moon at just under 4,000 mph this coming Monday.

And as for having to dumb down to fit in, I've had to do that with everyone I've ever met or known my entire life. I find people become hostile when you out think them on a regular basis. I remember little about the various MGM teachers that I had through those years, but they all would either look at me with hostility, fear or sorrow.
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Do you feel that having to dumb things down for others for so long has dumbed you down a bit?
I had a larger vocabulary when I was 12, but no one could understand half of what I was saying so I just tucked it away. It's so dusty and neglected now that I'm not even sure that it can be used anymore.

As for the news, I find I learn more about policy shifts, blinders, and such by watching the people's predictable reaction to the currently highlighted programming. They may be watching the show, but I'm watching the audience.
 Quoting: mkscrewup


same.all of it.
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Me to the tee. It's skim the article but study the comments. What is getting attention, what is getting repeated. Sometimes I see people saying something and then I find the source of it. So it goes both ways, finding the news first and reading what the people have to say or seeing what people are saying and finding the news that stimulated it. Trending and making quiet predictions of what will come next. I truly hate being right. Head is pounding today from the strain. Been consoling, comforting and just talking with others in my community since it's reeling from what occurred here and what happened yesterday. Used to the fear if I show them how deeply I think. It's almost bitterly funny to watch them run but then come back because I was right. Gets me a reputation for being clairvoyant when it's not that. It's all trends, probability and predictability.
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I always joke with everyone that I lost half my brain with each chid I had. It came out in the afterbirth. Seriously, though, dumbing it down is the only way to survive in the world. Lots of people are intimidated by intelligence.

Also, I'm the only one I know who can act level headed in an emergency situation. I know there are other "normal" people who can be level headed in emergency situations, but I'm to the extreme. And I know this sounds egotistical, but I feel like I've been waiting for something all my life. Like I've just been killing time until it gets here. I don't have a clue what it may be, but I've always had that feeling. People think I'm crazy for that, so I don't mention it very often, but those I've mentioned it to, I tell them that people laughed at Noah too, for building a boat in his front yard when it probably hadn't rained in years.

Same hereabout the news. :-) And when I read the news online, I read what people are saying about the news, rather than read the news. I can easily find the truth about something by what people are saying about it.

Sheesh. And even though I can tell easily when someone is lying, I have a terrible time reading between the lines. Things is no grey with me. I don't know if the rest of you feel that way, but it's day or night, black or white. There is no grey.
 Quoting: StormeyGoddess


In a crisis situation, no matter how grim or dramatic, for me, the rest of the world slows down and fades back, I am quick, efficient, compassionate and yet completely emotionless until the crisis has been addressed and stabilized. And I've always had that feeling of being ready for something big, idk part of me thinks our children are really the link. What they inherited, in terms of gifts and abilities etc.

I stopped thinking in black and white in my thirties when I finally realized that my childhood and young adult life traumas didn't make me a messed up person, but in fact made me strong and tough and able to survive whatever comes up. I think in full color now, hoping some of you understand that as no one I know does.
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I get what you're saying about thinking in full color. There's still black and white, inevitability, but I see that more as my judgment on whatever I'm looking at. What I see are intentions and intentions are rarely black and white.
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This is so interesting! I was in GATE in the late 70s early 80s. I posted a long time ago somewhere on this thread.

Anyway, you guys talking about watching people's reactions is me to a tee so I had to respond. I spend hours reading comments on news articles to "see how people are reacting to the story". When I go to the movies sometimes I get distracted because I'm looking around to see how other people in the audience are reacting to the movie. I'm always interested more in people's reactions to the news than to the news itself.

Sometimes I feel like an "anthropologist on Mars".
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Sometimes I feel like an "anthropologist on Mars".
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Ha! I like that. :)
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I really believe a person is better off being "normal" and having to TRY to do things. If things come too naturally, you can end up not trying at all. Not good.
That's my conclusion. Those programs can backfire big time...because they are all bullshit, too. The thrill was gone.
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Wow, this is reminding me of how often I used to have the thought, "ignorance is bliss," and how nice it would be to be 'ignorant' in a way, like the other kids I saw around me. I really did feel burdened sometimes and wished I could just be interested in and excited about the "normal" things the other kids found engaging in life.

Well, I did enjoy the way our program was taught. It was structured in a kind of "guide yourself" kind of way, rather than with quantitative evaluations of rote material, as other classes were. In the other traditional classes, I did often suffer from my perfectionism, getting quite fretful when the rare subject came up that I didn't automatically understand. Yes--most things came too easily, and when they didn't, I couldn't handle it too well. I had no ability to ask for help in life--from parents, from teachers.
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Omg I know what you mean, I have never been able to ask for help even when times were desperate. Then again, I've always figured out a solution to the situation.
My biggest problem with most projects that I start is I become too overly critical and keep redoing and starting over until the thrill of the project is gone and I stop working on it.
I came away from that program with a distrust for authority to the point where I continued my education via libraries and mail order studies so I could learn without outside influence. Then again, I was taught by that same program to trust no one, question everything, never accept a patent answer, reality isn't always real and think outside the box.
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Omg I know what you mean, I have never been able to ask for help even when times were desperate. Then again, I've always figured out a solution to the situation.
My biggest problem with most projects that I start is I become too overly critical and keep redoing and starting over until the thrill of the project is gone and I stop working on it.
I came away from that program with a distrust for authority to the point where I continued my education via libraries and mail order studies so I could learn without outside influence. Then again, I was taught by that same program to trust no one, question everything, never accept a patent answer, reality isn't always real and think outside the box.
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Things that have a deadline, I have no problem completing and meeting those with high performance. Personal projects? Yep--super critical, just not right--bah forget it!

I would say that those are the core things that I learned from the program, too, though I'd want to clarify (in light of what some have said here and Gowan to boot), my interpretation of reality isn't real is that the story that is "out there" for the public is what isn't always real and not being any question of physical perception of matter. For instance, the Cold War wasn't real though it was to many--that kind of thing.
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Did anyone in the program have mandatory heart-rate monitors for students during PE class?
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how many had Auditory testing ?

Just curious
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how many had Auditory testing ?

Just curious
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All the time. :-)
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Did anyone in the program have mandatory heart-rate monitors for students during PE class?
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Yeah, but that was in a residential program, so it was separate from the school programs.
We had monitors and we'd go tumbling down a matt, etcetera. It was all rather surreal when looked back upon.
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how many had Auditory testing ?

Just curious
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All the time. :-)
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tnx


anyone else ?
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how many had Auditory testing ?

Just curious
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All the time. :-)
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tnx


anyone else ?
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The easier question might be who didn't go through auditory testing.
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"Were You Part Of The "Mentally Gifted Minds" Program In California Scools back in the 70's?"

Was I ever. I was in fifth grade in Anaheim in 1972 when they tested me and a week later I was placed in seventh grade. Everyone was in their teens and I was eleven. I hated the tests they gave me.

By the time I was 12 I was pretty much insane and when I was 13 I was doing an 18 year sentence in an adult prison. I had the highest IQ the department of corrections had ever tested.

Water under the bridge.

At 21 I was married, have three awesome children, lived a normal life.

Regardless of where your going or where you've been, you'll always be right where your at.

I'm 52 now and had a good life. I have no complaints.
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"Were You Part Of The "Mentally Gifted Minds" Program In California Scools back in the 70's?"

Was I ever. I was in fifth grade in Anaheim in 1972 when they tested me and a week later I was placed in seventh grade. Everyone was in their teens and I was eleven. I hated the tests they gave me.

By the time I was 12 I was pretty much insane and when I was 13 I was doing an 18 year sentence in an adult prison. I had the highest IQ the department of corrections had ever tested.

Water under the bridge.

At 21 I was married, have three awesome children, lived a normal life.

Regardless of where your going or where you've been, you'll always be right where your at.

I'm 52 now and had a good life. I have no complaints.
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great Escape ! well done
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Re: Were You Part Of The "Mentally Gifted Minds" Program In California Scools back in the 70's?
how many had Auditory testing ?

Just curious
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All the time. :-)
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tnx


anyone else ?
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Anybody have ear issues? I have the worst bouts of vertigo, omg...Sometimes they last a week to three weeks...

The last bout lasted about 4 months...awful...ugh.
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