Scanner, multipotantialite multipassionate, renaissance person are some of the names that is given to a person who doesn’t love to do one thing or the other, they love to do them all. Sometimes at once. I recently found out that I am a Scanner and this is what I have found out about the topic so far.
What is a scanner
“An educational and psychological term referring to a pattern found among intellectually gifted individuals. [Multipotentialites] generally have diverse interests across numerous domains and may be capable of success in many endeavors or professions, they are confronted with unique decisions as a result of these choices”
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Scanners love to read, they are surrounded by books and love to dig into plenty of books. They love to invent things and explore subjects that might not be related at all. A Scanner might be fascinated with learning to program code, but when he gets good at it he might get bored and jump onto the next interest or passion. The Scanner might return to the interest after a while because he is exploring multiple interests at once, so his world is like a candy store where he can pick the candy that he finds most tasteful at that moment.
To Scanners the world is like a big candy store full of fascinating opportunities, and all they want is to reach out and stuff their pockets. Whether it be books or free online courses, he goes nuts.
Still most Scanners feel like they are starving because they have problem fitting into the expectations of society to just following one path, because they want to follow all the paths they find worth exploring.
Most Scanners feel paralyzed in such condition and they don’t feel good about it.
Society might call the Scanner a jack-of-all-trades, dilettante, a dabbler, a superficial person — and you’ll never have a decent career. The expectations cause Scanners to have low self-esteem, shame, frustration, feelings of inadequacy, indecisiveness, and inability to get into action.
But the moment they understood that they were Scanners and stopped trying to be somebody else, a whole new world opened up for them.
It appears that Scanners are an unusual breed of human being. One reason they don’t recognize themselves is that they don’t often meet people like themselves.
A Scanner personality can look like this:
- You have creative ideas all the time, whether it’s for a book, a TV show, an art project, a website, a business, starting a movement, creating a brand, or writing a bestseller
- You love to learn about new subjects and ideas and then quickly move on to something else
- You have loads of seemingly unrelated interests
- Trying to choose between all your ideas, interests and projects stresses you out
- The thought of concentrating on one job or business for the rest of your life horrifies you
- You start lots of projects but don’t always finish them before you get into something else
- Common problems for Scanners are a reluctance to commit to just one thing for fear of making the wrong choice, and not finishing projects.
An analogy I love is comparing Scanners to honey bees. Their purpose it to move from flower to flower getting pollen. They stay at each flower just long enough to get what they came for and nobody can tell them when they should be finished because only the bee knows when it is done.
How I found out that I am a scanner
I found out about being a Scanner when I stumbled upon an interview of Barbara Sher on Youtube where she described the Scanner personality. I immediately recognized myself as Scanner, jumping from interest to interest and not being able to commit to one.
And I was in shock!
Is this real? Is it possible to be like that?
All my life I have been stressed about not being able to focus on one thing because I have so many interests. I now understood why I never took a academic route, but was fascinated by short courses and certifications, because I love to learn quickly.
I always hated being boxed into a category and I love being undefinable.
Finally it made sense. And I am not alone. There are plenty of other like minded souls out there.
Famous people who are Scanners
Being a Scanner has not always been discounted by society. It was considered to be the ideal in the Renaissance times.
Here is a short list of famous Scanners:
- Leonardi Ga Vinci
- Steve Jobs
- Steve Wozniak
- Richard Branson
- Thomas Jefferson
- Benjamin Franklin
- Shah Rukh Khan
Since my discovery of being a Scanner I have met wonderful people on the internet and I will continue to explore my self, my interests and share it with all who would like to know.
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