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Life Lessons with Dr. Gail Saltz ...the link between disorder and genius

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Life Lessons presents....In THE POWER OF DIFFERENT: The Link Between Disorder and Genius, psychiatrist and bestselling author Dr. 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 show how the source of our struggles can be the origin of our greatest strengths. Rooted in her experience as professor and practicing psychiatrist, and based on the latest neurological research, Saltz demonstrates how specific deficits in certain areas of the brain are directly associated with the potential for great talent. She also shows how the very conditions that can cause difficulty at school, in social situations, at home, or at work, are also often bound to creative, disciplinary, artistic, empathetic, and cognitive abilities.

 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. Explore the following:

  • What is a brain “difference”? Why do people have them?
  • What it means to be successful because of a condition, not in spite of
  • Why we need to rethink our views on what it means to have a brain difference (i.e. ADD, learning disabilities, anxiety, depression, Bipolar, Autism, etc.)
  • How “problems” in certain areas of the brain can be directly associated with the potential for great talent


BIO:  A Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at The New York Presbyterian Hospital/ Weill-Cornell School of Medicine, Dr. Gail Saltz is a psychiatrist, columnist, bestselling author