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Name Dr Alan D. Thompson
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Company Life Architect
Job Title Consultant
Location Base: Australia
Clients: International

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Dr Alan D. Thompson is a world expert in the fields of intelligence, high performance, and personal development.

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Dr Alan D. Thompson is the founder of Life Architect, and a world expert in the fields of intelligence, high performance, and personal development. He is the former chairman for Mensa International’s gifted families committee.

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Dr Alan D. Thompson is a world expert in the fields of intelligence, high performance, and personal development. He consults to families with special needs children including Bolshoi ballerinas, chess masters, abstract artists, and those with a mental age up to twice their chronological age.

As chairman for Mensa International’s gifted families committee, Alan served two consecutive terms sharing best practice among 54 countries. His work was recently cited in the Department of Education’s High Potential policy, and he continues to consult to world leaders and facilitators in talent development. He is a co-founder of the Australia-Asia Positive Psychology Institute.

Alan’s best-selling parenting book, Bright, was made available to families at Elon Musk’s gifted school. In 2021, a copy of the book was sent to the moon aboard the Peregrine lunar lander.

Alan advises international media in the fields of exceptional ability and personal development, consulting to the award-winning series Decoding Genius for GE, Making Child Prodigies for ABC (with the Australian Prime Minister), 60 Minutes for Network Ten/CBS, and Child Genius for Warner Bros.

Prior to his career as a consultant, Alan worked with many high-performing young celebrities, including Disney princess Lea Salonga (Aladdin, Mulan), the Australian Billy Elliot, Sydney Olympics star Nikki Webster, and the cast of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats in Asia.

Alan completed his Bachelor of Science (Computer Science, AI, and Psychology) at Edith Cowan University, 2004; studied Gifted Education at Flinders University, 2017; became a Fellow of the Institute of Coaching affiliated with Harvard Medical School, 2017; and received his doctorate from Emerson, 2021. Alan’s dissertation was adapted into a book featuring Dr Rupert Sheldrake, Connected: Intuition and Resonance in Smart People.

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Facts on giftedness

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Q: What is brightness?
A: Bright children only have one thing in common—an advanced brain. All the rest is new, different, and evolving in the child you have in front of you. [1]

Q: What is giftedness?
A: Intellectually gifted children are often defined as those whose intellectual (cognitive) abilities place them within the top 10% of age peers. [2]

Q: What are some of the things to look for in giftedness?
A: Includes:

  • Great sense of humour.
  • Strong curiosity.
  • Sensitive.
  • Vivid imagination.
  • Learns rapidly.
  • Concerned with justice, fairness, morals, ethics. [3]
  • A love affair with life. [4]
  • A prodigious memory.

Q: How many gifted children are there in Australia?
Table: Gifted by country, state, and age (2018-2019)

Total pop Gifted
10% (IQ 120+)
Exceptionally gifted
0.01% (IQ 160+)
Total pop of Australia 25,000,000 2,500,000 2500
By state: NSW 7,900,000 790,000 790
By state: WA 2,700,000 270,000 270
By age: child
6,800,000 680,000 680
By age: prodigy
3,500,000 350,000 350
By age: student
3,800,000 380,000 380


1. Thompson, A. D. (2016). Bright: Seeing superstars, listening to their worlds, and moving out of the way. Charleston.

2. Gagné, F. (2004). Transforming Gifts into Talents: The DMGT as a Developmental Theory. High Ability Studies, 15, 119-147.

3. Silverman, L. K. (1993). Characteristics of Giftedness Scale. Available from the Gifted Development Center website:

4. Greenacre, P. (1957). The Childhood of the Artist. The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 12:1, 47-72.

5. Thompson, A. D., & King, K. (2015). 2015 Australian Mensa Gifted Children’s Survey Summary Report. Australian Mensa.