Our society is deeply conflicted about the source of excellence. On one hand, we are fascinated with child prodigies, portraying them as wonders of nature. On the other hand, we love a good “overcoming adversity” story, as it inspires us all to greatness.
About Scott Barry Kaufman
Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D., is scientific director of the Imagination Institute and investigates the measurement and development of imagination, creativity and well-being in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania. He has written or edited six previous books, including Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined. He is also co-founder of The Creativity Post, host of The Psychology Podcast, and he writes the blog Beautiful Minds for Scientific American.
About Chia-Jung Tsay
Chia-Jung Tsay is an assistant professor of organizational behavior at UCL School of Management, University College London. Her research examines the psychological processes that influence decision making and interpersonal perception, and the role of expertise and nonconscious biases in professional selection and advancement.