Editor’s note: this is a guest post by Jen Knapp.
Of my many passion paths was a discontinued pursuit in medicine. But while my medical bug is on bed rest for the time being, I nonetheless have wondered what unique, physiological components lurk deep within a multipotentialite’s biological wiring.
By now, our multipotentialite community is accustomed to seeing its moniker defined as ‘possessing a higher ability or giftedness’. It’s these and other relational terms used over time that require us to embrace the fact that our internal connectivity must likely differ then, from individuals less inclined to amass their passions.
With just a peek inside Puttylike’s growing community, one could discern that multipotentialites feel largely misunderstood by the public at large (and possibly those closest to them). Looking deeper still at the commentaries reveals a telling pattern of personal encounters with societal prejudgments and misperceptions – an all too familiar consequence of our extreme drivenness. But why?
It shouldn’t come as any surprise to learn that gifted individuals are, by nature, emotionally more sensitive to their surrounding stimuli; a biological hard wiring that emerges within the first few years of adolescence, and endures for a lifetime.
It may also help to hear corroborating wisdom from an old-world social scientist like Carl Jung. Jung, one of the world’s earliest pioneers in uncovering the constructs of introversion, upheld a belief in innate sensitiveness, acknowledging it as a ‘blessing and a curse’. It’s this wiring, if you will, that affords extraordinary individuals to be so attuned to the subtleties in their midst, enabling them to process information at such a granular level.
Introversion is especially common among the gifted. Often practiced as a coping mechanism – but misdiagnosed as being socially inept – introverts are considered to be a minority in society as a whole, but rank in the majority among other gifted individuals. (Factoid: Did you know that introversion increases with intelligence, classifying more than 75% of introverts with IQs above 160?)
Multipotentialites may even find that they experience (or are misdiagnosed as having) symptoms similar to those stricken with ADHD or social anxiety disorders. So, while sharing similar symptomatic biological markers, those diagnosed with these medical conditions can and do reach their breaking points, whereas conversely, these types of symptoms in highly functioning individuals manifest in much lower intensities, such as an inability to concentrate.
A lesser mainstream, but widely held tangential term that may help to connect these dots is a term known as precognition. More often an experience of highly sensitive persons (HSPs), possessing a foreknowledge of a coming event is thought to be the product of one’s hyper-sensitized cognizance of their surrounding stimuli. Naysayers who weigh in, however, speculate instead that belief in this pseudo-science is really nothing more than an individual’s feeling of helplessness, or lack of control over their life, lending that the less control one feels they possess, the greater one’s belief develops in precognition, and vice versa.
So, do any of these experiences resonate with you? What do you think is going on inside a multipotentialite’s head?
‘The truly creative mind, in any field, is no more than this: A human creature born abnormally, inhumanly sensitive.” – Pearl Buck, Writer
I am a Multipotentialite residing just outside of Denver, CO. Given my multi-committed personality, I try to concentrate my free time devoted to an active fitness regimen, studying physiology and nutrition, being a gearhead, and freelance writing. And when I’m not working out, studying, writing or drooling over cars, my time is spent spoiling my Tabby cat, Prada and Blue Heeler, Callie. This isn’t a comprehensive bio. That would be pure insanity for a Multipotentialite to pull off. :).