Being Uncommon: How Your MBTI Personality Type Changes The Experience of Giftedness- with Willem Kuipers


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In today’s conversation, we talk to Willem Kuipers. Willem is the author of the book Enjoying the Gift of Being Uncommon, where he explores the gifts and challenges of being a highly intelligent, highly intense and sensitive person, and introduces three practices to become more effective in work and private life.

Recently, Willem has published an article about how extra intelligent people with different MBTI personality types experience their intensity. We will hear Willem tell us about his taxing childhood experience, how he later learned to see new possibilities in the way he is. We will go through clusters of MBTI personality types, and how different people relate to their giftedness. We will talk about dealing with impatience and typical mistakes.


Willem has coined the concept of extra intelligence (Xi) 17 years ago, founded the website, and published his book Enjoying the Gift of Being Uncommon in 2010.

He has written extensively on the topic of giftedness and intensity in his website, presentations, articles and books in Dutch and English. He recently published in the journal “Advanced Development, a Journal on Adult Giftedness” an article "Being Gifted, being me".
His vision is to stimulate extra intense and intelligent people to welcome their unique possibilities and increase their personal effectiveness in the process.

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