Intelligents, trop intelligents
Poser cette question, c’est prendre le risque de porter sur nous-mêmes, mais aussi sur la société et les institutions, un nouveau regard. C’est une démarche audacieuse, tant philosophique que politique, et salvatrice en ce qu’elle redonne à l’humain toute sa profondeur.
Gifted children are fascinating. An abundance of books have been written about them over the past thirty years. They are envied for their capacities and pitied for their now fully recognized sufferings. And although the psychological characteristics they share have been identified: strong desire for autonomy, hypersensitivity, intolerance to boredom, a propensity for existential musings – they remain an enigma. But a simple description of their qualities and faults does not explain how these are linked to their intellectual abilities. The essential question remains: why are they so smart?
This book proposes a different perspective: instead of studying the superior capabilities of the gifted, it investigates the reasons why “normal” intelligence is inhibited. What if highly intelligent people did not have any real gift but a certain type of ‘psychic positioning’, a unique relationship to the world that was capable of producing remarkable results?
What, then, does it really mean to be intelligent?