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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Multipotentiality

Multipotentiality. Gifted kids often have multiple strengths, and find themselves pressured to succeed in more than one area.  The gifted child may be as talented at writing as at math, or may be as focused on the sciences as on history.  But schools and colleges often expect kids to "settle down" and select one area of achievement.  What do we do when our kids (or we) want to achieve in more than one (or two) area?

Don't miss our previous Blog Hops on related topics, including Gifted, How? and The "G" Word.

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Too gifted? by Devon MacEachron in Dr. Devon's Blog
Multi-potentiality is the state of having many exceptionally strong abilities or talents. The child who has the Midas touch and is good at everything he does from math to science to English to music to sports to art to leadership has multi-potentiality. It sounds wonderful doesn’t it? But for many children and young adults it can becomes a burden...
Choices exclude: The existential burden of multipotentiality by Gail Post in Gifted Challenges
Although gifted children delight in their many talents when they are young, they eventually confront the limits that time, money and energy impose. There are only so many activities or extracurriculars they can join (or their parents can afford). When faced with making choices, they learn how to let go, and often mourn what might have been...
What Shall I Be When I Grow Up? by Linda Wallin, Living with Geniuses
One of my favorite teachers of all time, L. C. Smith, asked our German class what career we were thinking about doing as an adult. The room was perfectly silent for a long time. I nervously piped up and asked something that totally blew the atmosphere (sorry Mr. Smith), but what I was trying to say was, “How do you decide?” When you have musical ability, athletic ability, math and language abilities, how do you choose? I don’t remember what else what said that day, but I remember the questions — his and mine...
You Can Be Anything You Want!  Can you? by Adventures of Hahn Academy
Multipotentiality is a huge issue for the educational-vocational counseling of gifted youth. It is too hard for them to choose what they want to be or do as adults because they are capable of doing well in too many areas. They have too many choices and a tendency to get bored easily because they are inadequately challenged. Some have a constant need for something new and challenging. These youth tend to become adults that...
Multipotentiality: Are You Overwhelmed By Your Too Muchness? by Paula Prober, Your Rainforest Mind
Today? Not much has changed. Except now, you want to be a marine biologist musician organic farmer poet yoga instructor former hula hoop champion.

It didn't help that people told you, "You can do and be anything you want! You're so lucky!"

You didn't feel lucky. You still don't...
When Everyone Wants a Piece of You by Kathleen Casper in One World Gifted
When people realize your special talent for balancing time and resources, or the way creative ideas just flow into your mind, or the way you hate leaving a mess and have an eye for organization or the ways ideas go together.... They grab you and don't want to let go. Let's face it- giftedness is a blessing and a curse. People may not always understand you or even want to befriend you, but they sure appreciate when you can get stuff done...
Do You Suffer From Paralyzing Abundance? by Aurora Remember
I always ask the question, "What are you intensely passionate about," which is also ask all of the women I interview on my Embracing Intensity Podcast. One thing that has become evidently clear is that intense, gifted, excitable women rarely have one passion. There are many names for this - multipotentiality, polymath, scanner, rainbow person (vs. specialist in one thing)...
Mentoring for Multipotentiality by Jessie in CounterNarration
Rather than reinventing the wheel each time, young people who have this curse or blessing (take your pick, it's both!) could really benefit from specialized guidance from those who get what they're going through and what they'll face next...
Is There A True Calling? by Planet Smarty Pants
1. Balance extracurricular activities - its tempting to help kids develop their interests through extracurricular activities, but it's important not to weigh them too heavily towards one thing. It's also important to leave enough unstructured time for kids to pursue their interests on their own.
3. Remember that interests change over time...
The Real Problem with Multipotentiality by Heather, The Fringy Bit
And then it dawned on me. The real problem with multipotentiality isn’t the “multi-“ part, it’s the “potentiality” part.
I looked up the definition of potential and here’s what I found:
        Possible as opposed to actual
        Capable of being or becoming
        A latent excellence or ability that may or may not be developed
And my personal favorite:
        Someone or something that is considered a worthwhile possibility...
Parenting and Potential by Jen Campbell, repurposed genealogy
At 40, I am a writer, and I feel like it's THE THING I am meant to do, but it's not the only thing. I've got multipotentiality. Writing has brought me closer to whatever that unnamed future next thing may be. It's not just one thing. There's so much more that I want to learn to do, explore and become as I age. For instance, I want to learn the art of beekeeping and producing honey. I want...
Multipotentiality is not the problem by Gift-Ed Connections
In a world where specializations are revered, multipotentiality can be perceived as much a burden as a gift. This paradox is reflected in the old adage "Jack of all trades, master of none..." that has dodged many a multipotentialite. Apparently the full version includes a second part "...is sometimes better than one" which only reinforces the mixed blessing of having many talents. One would think that having many venues/opportunities through which to experience life would be optimum, so what stands in the way?...

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Updated December 01, 2020

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