Silver spent her childhood and early adulthood unaware of autism or giftedness. As a result, she struggled blindly through the complex trauma of social exclusion in personal and professional arenas. She spent most of her life feeling isolated from family, peers, educators and superiors.
She only received her autism diagnosis at the age of 32 in 2013. The diagnosis helped to explain some things about her life to date but not everything. It was when she finally received identification as profoundly gifted, at the age of 36 in 2017, that things started making sense.
Making Meaning from Adversity.
Silver’s life experience imbued her with an obsession for the meta-themes of identity, authenticity and creative self-actualisation.
She spent her life struggling with how to apply such meta-themes practically in daily life, creatively and compassionately. Especially when dealing with daily physical and mental health challenges, like autism, depression, anxiety, complex trauma, cyclothymia, sensory sensitivity and fatigue.
She steadfastly believes in the necessity of being aware of and accepting all the pieces of one’s unique puzzle of self—constructive or destructive—in order to build a sustainable and meaningful life.
Embodying Real and Raw.
Silver’s passion is helping gifted adults create sustainable and meaningful lives by:
- Respecting their physical and psychological limitations,
- Honouring their strengths and dreams, and
- Getting creative with their solutions and strategies.
However, in order to do so, she advocates a philosophy and practice of raw honesty, which she practices in her own personal and professional life. For she knows firsthand how destructive being silenced by fear and shame can be.
She strongly encourages others by example to embrace the liberating courage needed to face the truth about themselves as a first step to building sustainable and meaningful lives.
Writer and Video Maker.
Today, Silver writes, makes videos and runs workshops for highly, exceptionally and profoundly gifted (HEPG) adults.
She is also hard at work developing Intrepid Integrity, an authenticity incubator designed to facilitate the gifted maverick’s experience and expression of integrity and authenticity, through coaching and community.