Autism Spectrum Disorder Update: Multipotentialites

This is a follow-up to my Autism Spectrum Disorder post from a couple of  months ago. I was going to do a post on the design process for my Half Circle Purse pattern, but I felt this was more important. (And, perhaps, more interesting.)

Do all the things!

I still haven’t gotten an appointment with a specialist to confirm that I have Autism Spectrum Disorder. There’s a long waiting list, apparently, but I’ve been looking into my most troublesome symptom. My tendency to switch interests causes me more problems than anything else in my life. I’m not the only person like that, however. In fact, there’s so many people (most of whom don’t have ASD) that there’s actually several names for it. I learned a new one this week: multipotentialite.

Being a Multipotentialite

A bit of a mouthful, but it does make sense. A multipotentialite is someone who has many interests and skills. They, we, tend to have some general overall interests, but jump around between various subtopics of each interest. For example, my general interests are: art, crafts, spirituality, science and tech, culture, storytelling and games. I counted 39 different subtopics within those groups (I won’t try to list them.) That’s not including interests I don’t think I’ll go back to, like collecting stuffed toys. The are a lot of advantages to being a multipotentialite. We learn quickly, we see the big picture and we can make connections began our interests that more specialized people can’t see.

Here’s a great video that explains all this much better than I can:

I found the video after finding Emilie Wopnick’s book How to be Everything. If you or someone you’re close to is a multipotentialite, I highly recommend reading it. I’ve read books on this topic before, notably Refuse to Choose by Barbara Sher, but this book had more constructive advice, in my opinion.

More Changes?

That advice may lead to more changes to this site. I don’t know what those changes will be, yet, but I’ve got some ideas. I don’t intend to rush into anything, but I’ve got a lot of options, now. It’s really pretty exciting. Being able to follow my interests wherever they take me, is a pretty heady idea. Especially if it let’s me make a living at the same time. We shall see!

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