What Makes a Multipotentialite?

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Positive Identifiers for Multipods


According to Anne Heintze, there are approximately 10% scanners in the world. So, how do you know you are one? Let’s start with the positive things:

  • You have multiple (unrelated) interests and you want to follow them all NOW. 
  • You need variety in your life. 
  • Once you have mastered a skill, solved a problem, understood how something works, you become bored and you might never do it ever again.
  • You love learning new things and are forever booking new courses or signing up to webinars, hence you love being in bookstores and libraries.
  • You have taught yourself a lot of your skills or learned them by doing without formal training or certificates.
  • You love solving problems.
  • You see connections between apparently unrelated subjects.
  • You have plenty of unfinished projects lying around in your house (or on your computer) that you still want to complete one day. 
  • A lot of us are highly intelligent and sensitive.
  • And the one I usually find most telling is when you learn about multipotentialites and experience the relief of finding out that there is nothing wrong with you, but that your brain is just wired differently and that being the way you are is actually a “thing”.

Negative Identifiers for Multipotentialites

Negative Identifiers for Multipotentialites

Negative Identifiers for Multipods

You can also identify yourself as a scanner through your negative feelings. Below are how many scanners feel like in their lives:

  • Envy for others who have always known what they wanted to do/be in life.
  • Always trying to look for that one purpose in life to make you happy.
  • Feeling down because you are a jack/jane-of-all-trades, master of none.
  • Feeling the pressure of other people's expectations of staying in a career where you are successful.
  • Feeling judged by others because you never stick to anything.
  • Feeling like something is wrong with you.
  • Feel like you are sabotaging yourself.
  • You dread the question, "What do you do?"
  • You are afraid of being trapped in a job for life.
  • You feel like you are lazy, shallow, lack character.

Does any of the above ring true for you? Unfortunately, we tend to identify ourselves more through the pain points than the positive ones. I hope this has helped you clarify if you are a scanner. I would love to know what you identify with. Just leave a reply in the comment section below.

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