The past few months have been a whirlwind of self discovery for me. I have been reading books and researching online different personality types and life themes and all kinds of stuff. Learning about myself has been one of the most productive and beneficial things I have ever done. Each time I pull out some new nugget of truth about myself, I see the world (my world) a little clearer.
But really, I’m not learning that much that I didn’t already about myself, I am just learning how to label and explain it. I’ve always known that I don’t do well in large groups. Now I know that is because I am an introvert and I know what being an introvert means for me. I have so much more clarity about my motivations and behaviors.
Being labeled isn’t always easy. Society gives us labels all the time that aren’t flattering or positive and are often mean. My introversion was often labeled as unsocial or unfriendly. Sometimes, even bitchy. And because I couldn’t define or understand why I acted that way, I couldn’t counter anyone’s claims. Knowing I am an introvert gives me a label to embrace.
The newest label I am embracing with passion is Scanner. Reading Barbara Sher’s book defining and explaining scanners gave me a whole new perspective on my life. It sounds cliche, but I really did identify with so much of what she wrote and found myself practically giddy with the excitement that there was a label for my behavior and personality.
As I read more about scanners, I have come across other labels for us like polymath and multipotentialite (one having the characteristic of multipotentiality). I love it. I love having these labels to throw around and say: “I am this!”
“Behold world, I am an introverted scanner, and I love me just the way I am!”
These things make me unique and fun and give me the potential for greatness. And we all have that potential. We all have personality traits and characteristics that can be labeled. For good, and not negatively.
It’s just a matter of figuring out what they are and how to embrace them in your own life.
So, what are your labels? What are you proud to embrace and shout out to the world?