Full disclosure: I probably have a fever right now.
It’s a beautiful summer day, here in Portland, Oregon, but I’ve come down with a cold. So Grendel and I are cozied up on the bed, and I’ve decided to write a blog post. I’m not sure that’s the best idea, but I’m in the mood.
This is going to be less of a traditional, authoritative piece and more of an intellectual inquiry and hopefully fodder for collaboration and idea-exchange. In other words, share your thoughts in the comments and let’s get a discussion going!
A day doesn’t go by when someone doesn’t ask me about the overlap between multipotentialites and some other label or categorical framework: personality testing, astrology, Gifted and Talented, introversion, HSP…
I once got a rather rude email from a man insisting that multipotentialites are simply Enneagram Type 7s (his implication being that my work is irrelevant since I stumbled upon nothing new).
I found this funny because when I did the Enneagram test, I was a Type 4. I even spoke with an Enneagram expert once who told me that the idea that all multipods are Type 7s is a misconception based largely on how people perceive us from the outside (flighty, scattered, excitable, etc.) as opposed to how we actually test.
Someone on Twitter the other day asked me if I was a Gemini. I’m an Aries.
On the other hand, I am, without question, an HSP.
And I’m an INFJ. I seem to meet an awful lot of other NFJs in the Puttylike community. Does that mean that all multipotentialites are NFJs? Absolutely not. Plus as an astute friend recently pointed out, it might seem to me like everybody is an INFJ simply because INFJs are the sort of people who are likely to be into personality testing…
Perhaps there are tendencies toward certain categories or “types” within the multipotentialite community. I don’t know a ton about Myers-Briggs, but I bet you guys have some ideas about which letters might correspond with the multipod mind.
Honestly though, I think to a large degree, we’re all over the place. And that’s kind of what’s beautiful about our community: how different we are from one another.
Yet, we obviously have similarities. We struggle with similar issues, and we do tend to be curious, lifelong learners. So maybe it is possible to find overlap between multipotentialites and other groups.
Do you think multipotentialites tend to be certain “types” within frameworks such as Myers-Briggs, Enneagram, astrology, HSP, GT, etc.? Do you fit into the “typical” multipod types in each of these frameworks?
Emilie Wapnick is the Founder and Creative Director at Puttylike, where she helps multipotentialites integrate ALL of their interests into their lives. Unable to settle on one path herself, Emilie studied music, art, film production and law, graduating from the Law Faculty at McGill University. She is an occasional rock star, a paleo-friendly eater and a wannabe
scientist carpenter. Learn more about Emilie here.