Are You a Scanner?

You could be a scanner like me!

What is a scanner?

A scanner is the contrary of a specialist. Scanners are unable to choose one single passion or career, and if they force themselves to do so, they suffer (and their productivity suffers, too). Scanners don’t have only one field of interest, they have many of them. They seem to be interested in just everything. They usually have many projects running at the same time, and permanently come up with some great new idea. They also tend not to implement their ideas or not to finish the projects they start.

A scanner is the kind of guy who works with disabled children, studies physics at the distance learning university, learns japanese, draws comics and reads everything he can find about archeology. But it’s not like having a job and then a few additional hobbies. The difference between a true scanner and a specialist with hobbies is that for the scanner, nothing is a “hobby”. For a scanner, all those things he’s interested in are equally important and he just cannot focus mainly or spend most of his time on only one of them, which would be required to do it as his career.

The word “scanner” comes from the book Refuse to Choose! by Barbara Sher. It’s a book about scanners and for scanners, to help them cope with life & career without denying the scanner in them. I totally love this book, it has changed my life.

Cyclical scanners vs. serial scanners

Barbara Sher describes different kinds of scanners she identified. The main distinction she makes is between cyclical scanners and serial scanners.

Cyclical scanners have many but stable interests and passions (from 2 to 20+), and they oscillate periodically between all of those. For example a cyclical scanner is someone who starts a painting, then suddenly abandons it to program a computer game. Halfway through the programming work, he goes back to his painting, or starts a new painting. He finishes it, or not, and goes back to program his game. This way he spends his time alternating between programming and painting. In parallel to all this, he may regularly take classes to become a massage therapist.

Serial scanners on the other hand don’t go back to a project once they have moved on. They do everything once and never look back. A serial scanner could for example work in a wholefood shop for six months, then quit and take classes in creative writing. After writing a screenplay, or only half of it, she loses interest and volunteers at an orphanage in India for a few months. When she comes back, she starts a business as a self-employed graphic designer. And so on.

Of course most of us are a mix of cyclical and serial scanner to some extent. There are many kinds of scanners out there. What we all have in common is that we hate to pick just one interest and concentrate on it for a long period of time.

What’s a “long” period of time is relative. The other criterium Sher uses to classify scanners is their attention span. Among both cyclical and serial scanners, some are able to focus on the same field for a long time, like the serial specialists, who can stick with one career for years till they master it, and then go look for a new challenge. Others switch interests very rapidly. The high-speed indecisives for example always find something more interesting to do after, say, two minutes.

How a scanner ticks

Being a scanner is socially unacceptable nowadays. We are all being drilled to be specialists. As you can imagine, a behavior like the above examples makes it difficult to get a job, to earn a living, or to study. We’re often said to be lazy, unstable or weird. In any case we’re highly suspect.

That’s because most people don’t understand how a scanner ticks. When scanners quit, they ARE done. They have gotten what they were looking for, the point is just that what satisfies them is not necessarily what other people would call being done. Scanners all have a good reason to do what they do and to quit when they quit. This reason varies from individual to individual, so each one of us has to find out what keeps him/her going (in both senses).

  • Some scanners are extremely curious and just want to understand how something works. Once they’ve figured out how it works, they get bored and quit.
  • Others get bored and quit when completing the project is only a matter of time and regular effort, but not a matter of developing artful strategies and overcoming challenging difficulties anymore. That’s the case for me, for example. When the road to success looks like a highway, damn is that boring. Bye bye!
  • Some want to discover new things in order to compare, classify and store them in their head like in a big database. I tried out half a dozen martial arts because I enjoyed comparing their tenets and techniques, with no intention of learning any of them in depth.
  • For some scanners, working somewhere is a way of experiencing other people’s lives. They want to know how it feels to be a baker/teacher/accountant/actor, so that’s what they do for a little while, but only till they know how it is. That’s the reason why I accumulate foreign languages. You don’t think in English like you think in German. Learning a new language for me is a way to experience being someone else.

These are some reasons I can identify with, but there are many many more of them. Each scanner has his/her own motivation to do what they do.

Undiagnosed scanners

Undiagnosed scanners are poor devils. I know because I was one of them for many years. When you’re a scanner and you don’t know that you’re a scanner, it’s really difficult. You try to pick one thing and stick with it, but you fail. And try again. And fail again. You beat yourself up for being that inconsistent. You think you’re lazy. You might even mistrust your own sanity. It can’t be that difficult to pick one interest and stick with it, you think, everybody else is doing it too! So why can’t you help but switch your major, get interested in things you should not get interested in, and go off-track all the time? Why do you lack concentration like this? How can it happen that you get deadly fed up with your deepest passion at times? You feel weak and completely out of control. When you try to learn discipline and to prevent yourself from going off on a tangent, you get unbearably bored, you suffer, and your productivity drops because you procrastinate like hell.

I switched majors five or six times when I was a student, and left university after many years without any diploma. I studied literature, physics, maths, computer science, law and business, and attended additional classes in psychology, theater, cinema, history, russian, chinese… It was great! I loved it, and learned a lot of very interesting things. And most of the time I wasn’t allowed to take the exams because I had failed to submit my work regularly.

I couldn’t stand engaging in the same activity all day long, or even every day. This alone would not have been that much of a problem, after all I was talented enough to study only half of the time and still succeed. But I also had the coercive need to ignore my studies for several weeks in a row from time to time, in order to implement other completely unrelated ideas, or to explore some fascinating questions related to my studies that popped into my mind but unfortunately weren’t part of the program. This need definitely wasn’t compatible with studying.

Before discovering that I’m a scanner, these repeated failures broke my heart. Especially in the case of maths and computer science that I really loved very much. I used to beat myself up a lot for what I thought was a flaw. Now that I know myself better, I can see how being a scanner is a strength and a blessing, not a flaw.

In case what I’m saying resonates with you in some way, don’t beat yourself up. Maybe you’re just a scanner! Welcome to the Club. :-)

How to get things done as a scanner?

First of all, it IS possible to be productive if you’re a scanner. I bet most problems with not completing projects, procrastinating, and so on, stem from a lack of knowledge and/or acceptance of your scanner nature. You lose motivation when you try to force yourself into a specialist’s role, when you try by all means to do only one thing at the time and to finish this thing once you begin with it. It’s normal that you procrastinate and lose interest then, because this is just not who you are. Working like a specialist is for a scanner a highly ineffective way to work. But if you respect the way you function and organize yourself accordingly, then my bet is that you can very well be productive!

Conventional time management systems aren’t really appropriate for scanners. We usually don’t implement a project from A to Z in a linear way. We need to do many things at the same time. Working on several projects simultaneously doesn’t prevent us from being productive. On the contrary, I’ve found it to be much more effective. I work more and also more efficiently when I allow myself to freely switch between my projects as often as I feel like switching and to neglect some of them for a while. I usually don’t work on the same project on two consecutive days, and I never work on a project for longer than two hours at a single blow.

Barbara Sher developed or gathered from fellow scanners who invented them many awesome organizational tools for scanners that she shares in her book. For each type of scanner there are even particular time management techniques, life plans and job suggestions. I love some of her ideas. Generally, her more right-brained approach inspired me when I planned my new system. If you recognize yourself as a scanner, working with her tools can change your life and boost your productivity like crazy. I highly recommend to read the book. (Edit: a kitchen timer might help, too!)

The scanner’s daybook

One tool that she recommends to all scanners is the scanner’s daybook. It’s some kind of journal to keep track of all your ideas, all your finished and unfinished projects, and of your development as a scanner. My scanner’s daybook changed my life!

First, writing in it brought me an incredible relief. At last all those ideas crowding my head got out of there! The anxiety disappeared because I wasn’t afraid of forgetting something anymore. The ideas were safe, they were written black on white on the page, I knew they couldn’t escape anymore. I got more peaceful. It also was a big relief not to feel the need to implement all of those ideas anymore. I learned to appreciate them for what they are: ideas. I could look at them and think “oh wow, I’m creative, I have so many great ideas!” without getting nervous or thinking that an idea is worthless if no implementation follows. In that sense, writing in my scanner’s daybook was a boost for my self-esteem, too.

Second, a scanner’s daybook brings many insights. I learned a lot about myself! I thought I was a serial scanner (a sampler), but after journaling for a few weeks, I realized that I’m more of a cyclical scanner (a sybil). Of course I enjoy discovering new things, and I do things that I’ll never do anymore. But when I look at all those ideas that I found worthy of writing down, it’s quite obvious that many of them are, for example, about doing something creative, be it singing, dancing, writing, designing my own clothes or making sculptures. And many of them are related to personal development: creating PD related websites and eBooks, learning new languages, joining Toastmasters or starting a local PD club. Those I emotionally most resonate with are all about animals in some way: adopting a dog, teaching children how to communicate with animals, having a farm where old or sick animals could live in peace instead of getting killed, and so on. So even though all these projects are very different, it all boils down to only three major areas of interest. Oh wow, this was a big revelation!

Third, the scanner’s daybook will help you create your reality and implement your ideas. Since I write in it, I experience many synchronicities related to my projects, even those I don’t really think about. Before using the daybook, I had to remember everything and concretely take action on every single project. It was quite tiring. Now everything gets implemented simultaneously and I don’t need to remember anything because the opportunities just show up. It doesn’t feel like I’m the one implementing my ideas and making it happen. It rather feels like the Universe orchestrates what I write about in my scanner’s daybook. I take action not because I decidedly want to but because the opportunity arises and I’m by chance there to catch it. Things just seem to happen and I witness how they happen. It’s awesome. The scanner’s daybook has a huge creative power!

Goals setting for scanners

If you have many goals, don’t tackle them sequentially. Pursue them all at the same time. They will empower each other. Open your scanner’s daybook, let your imagination soar and have fun writing everything down. Draw sketches if needed. Then close your book and take the right next inspired action. It doesn’t matter to which goal this action belongs. It will all unfold magically :-)

It doesn’t matter how many goals you have. You can do it all. Refuse to choose! ;-)

I realize this post is something like a book review of Refuse to Choose!. I’m going to create a new category called Book Reviews and post it in there too. Oh, this gives me the idea of reviewing other great books as well! I already know which ones I’d review. There is this one, and that one… where’s my scanner’s daybook??

;-)

 
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53 Responses to Are You a Scanner?

  • Sandra Scholman says:

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!

    I found your blog thru Steve Pavlina´s website, just stumbled on this blog entry, and you have made me so happy that I could cry!!

    I am a “scanner” and always had trouble sticking to a project or job or finding myself worthless and lazy because i could not just do one thing and stick to it.

    I will read the book, it sounds interesting, but even just knowing that there is a name, and that it is not a flaw, already is a great thing.

    Again: THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! I would have never found out about this without you!

  • Rose says:

    Hi Sandra,

    You’re welcome. You know, I’m sure the Universe would have found another way to bring this to your awareness, even if you hadn’t found my blog. :-)

    No, it’s not a flaw, and there are many, many of us out there!

    I know exactly what you’re talking about when you talk about finding ourselves worthless or lazy for not being able to stick with one project to the end. I have found that the more we accept ourselves as what we are, the more productive we get!

    Good luck and Love to you,

    Rose.

  • Lauren says:

    Wow, this is fantastic! I was just introduced to the concept of a Scanner, and wrote a blog entry about it myself. I found you through searching for more information about it. I have yet to read any books, but I’m hoping to soon, since I’m definitely one!

  • Staci says:

    I was completely blown away by your article. The idea of a scanner just nailed me to a T. I was so captivated reading your article because I was learning so much about myself that I never knew. There are other people like me! I had never heard of scanners before. Within the first paragraph of reading I completely opened myself up to the idea that this is who I am. I was diagnosed with ADD and I thought that my scanner symptoms were just ADD but now I don’t. I am discovering something very significant and I want to learn everything about scanners that I can! I am going to get the book, although I feel like I’ve read it already just from your article . I’m also going to start a scanner daybook, but I’m not sure if I’ll finish it . Just kidding. I’m too excited not too. Thanks again!

  • Eduardo says:

    Wow, I think I am a case of undiagnosed scannerism… err, I mean… WAS a case :) Not anymore… Le choix est mort! Vive le choix!

    Thank you very much, chère Rose :-D

    Eduardo *searching for a daybook*

  • Joy says:

    Hi Rose,
    What a great article! I have not read the book “Refuse to Choose”, but I certainly will now. I am also a scanner, though I never knew it by that name.
    There is another word, which I’ve used to describe myself (instead of “loser”, “Scatterbrain”, “unable to finish anything”, etc. That word is “Polymath”, and Wikipedia features a list of polymaths through history that includes da Vinci, Goethe and Gallileo to name just few.

    If you are studying Soul Realignment, you will also find that the description of scanners fits with the Mintakan Soul Group. When you learn about that in the SR course you will be blown away, because it totally aligns with this info.

    I will surely be back to read more of your blog!

  • Skannie says:

    Hi Rose and friends.
    I was Googling Scanner personalities & it led me here. I discovered I was a Scanner a couple of years ago when I clicked on a link and landed at Barbara Sher’s bulletin boards. It was such a relief to find someone who understood me and didn’t think I was weird. Then I got her book for Scanners which is just brilliant! It has two different titles: Refuse to Choose in America and What Do I Do When I Want To Do Everything? in The UK and Australia. It will change your life like Rose says. Yes I think polymaths are probably the same as Scanners, and some people call us renaissance souls. You can read more about it on my new blog.

  • Andrew Gubb says:

    Hey Rose :)

    I’m a scanner too :) I identified with this the first time I heard you talk about it ages ago but right now I found myself reading this and it just “clicked” with me… it was part of a block I’m working through. So thankyou!

    I’ve been thinking about you recently… you’re so, so lovely :) I love you so much. When am I gonna get my kiss! >: (

    :p

  • Kay Brown says:

    I typed in the words “I’m an adult who can’t pay attention” and found information on ‘scanners’. I’m amazed that it’s not just ADD. I was tested for it months ago, and the doc said my ADD was ‘questionable’, meaning he wasn’t 100% sure I had it. I have felt like an outsider all my life because I wanted to do too many things at once. I could never commit to anything, any jobs, relationships, etc because I as too busy thinking of other things to do or doing other things until I became bored and moved on. It drives my teenage daughter nuts when I spend about half an hour on my art project, then switch to reading for 15 minutes for my English class, then drift over to the computer for an hour or so, then do the dishes quickly, get bored and start a sewing project, get bored and go back to drawing for a few minutes, get bored and read or write for 15 minutes, get bored and go back to the computer for about 2 hours. And while I’m doing all that, I’m thinking of other things I’d like to be doing instead. And this is why I’ve been through about 50 jobs, both temp and supposedly permanent jobs. Nothing is ever permanent with me. I need to learn new things, and when I have, I move on to something else. I’m constantly on the move, both physically and mentally, or I feel like I’ve missed out on something. Thank you for this website. I was actually able to sit down and read through it and focus! LOL

  • I’m so glad I read this! I’ve always felt inadequate because I didn’t undertand why I was so fickle or wishy washy or just plain ole loved to explore everything! I’ve always kept journals but I’m sure the book will offer more details and ways to help.
    Both my lover and I are scanners. Unfortunately he has not accepted this and feels there is something seriously off about this concept. I know that’s simply because of the lack of evidence/newness of this concept… But it resonates with me! (and him too; that’s why he’s squirming in the background at the very thought of this).
    I can’t wait to read the book for more organization tips :)
    Thank you for posting!
    Jessica Eleven

  • Rose says:

    Holy cow! What are all those comments secretly doing here?!

    @Eduardo: I am not surprised!

    @Andrew: I am not surprised either. ;-)

    @Catalin: I’ll take it as a compliment. Thank you. :) Back then at university, you witnessed the downside of being a scanner: how I was unable to stick to my studies. It’s a pity really. But we scanners have other advantages. ;-)

    @Staci: I am very happy that I could help you to maybe see yourself a bit differently and less “sick”. :-) This was quite some time ago. I wonder how things have evolved for you.

    @Joy: I am now training as a Soul Realignment practitioner! I can see the link with Mintakans. :-) I am no Mintakan myself, though. I’m a BP Del.

    @Skannie: thanks for the precisions about Barbara Sher’s book! :-)

    @Kay: I bet you are a plate spinner! :D Or maybe a high-speed indecisive. Thank you for sharing your story, it sounds so scannerish! :D I highly encourage you to get the book. It can really help you gain some self-acceptance and peace. Oh, and that you read through my entire way too long monster post is a huge compliment. Thank you!

    @Jessica: same for you, I totally recommend this book. Yes, it contains more practical solutions, career ideas and organization tips. Sher describes different “life design models” for each kind of scanner.

    I can only repeat here that I totally recommend this book to you if you think you might be a scanner. I still work with it. It is practical and written with compassion and understanding. Which is something scanners need a lot of! Especially from themselves. :-)

    Love to you all,

    Rose.

  • Martin says:

    Great article! Opened up my eyes to this whole scanner aspect :)
    I just wanted to tell you that there’s a broken link on this page, which refers to the “kitchen alarm”. If you take a look at the start of the link, you’ll notice there’s a string of “http” that doesn’t belong :)

  • Amanda says:

    Holy snap. I had NO idea what a scanner was until today. I was reading Danielle LaPorte’s post on the ridiculous pursuit of being well-rounded, which led me to Steve Pavlina, which led me here. This is nothing short of a life-altering revelation. An epiphany. The find of the year.

    All thanks to you.

    I can’t tell you how much it means to me to finally have an answer to what I thought was an individual malady. I can finally, FINALLY, move on with my life. I no longer need to specialize. I can do everything and still be productive. Amazing.

    Thank you.

  • Victor says:

    Thanks for a fantastic blog post! It was a great read and taught me a lot about myself. Although I have been doing scanner daybook style things for a while on my own, I’ve never carried one with me and written it all down. In hindsight, I should be. I always knew something was different about me, but had never quite framed it the way the concept of a scanner frames it. I found out about your blog through Violet Minded (violetminded.com). I only relate this late bit because I saw other comments mentioning where they were sent from. Best wishes and thank-you again!

  • April says:

    Wow! I followed the link from Amanda’s blog and I can’t tell you how awesome this information is! I always knew that my interests followed cycles regular as clockwork, but I thought it was a personal idiosyncrasy that no-one else could really understand. This makes me feel lighter somehow. Thank you.

  • alexis says:

    I remember when I was in my 4th year of highschool, my best friend always went talking about how necessary it was to specialize yourself and I believed him… That was because he was better than me at everything, school, sport… We were kind of rivals, but competing with him was rather useles. Reading this article helped me know why…I was a scanner wanting to finish projects with the specialist perspective.
    Great article

  • Rose says:

    @Amanda: you are very welcome! I think I know what it means to you. I too once thought there was something wrong with me. Yes, you don’t need to specialize. :D You can do it all.

    It can be difficult and take some time to find out how exactly to organize your life in order to become productive while still honoring your scanner personality. It didn’t happy over night for me. BUT at least, you will organize your life based on your scannerism and respect it! :-)

    @Victor: thanks. :-) You just reminded me that I haven’t written in my scanner’s daybook in a while… Uh-oh. I should do that!

    @April: Heeheehee! You’re a cyclical scanner. There are many other people like you. :-)

    @Alexis: Yes, exactly. We are taught by social conditioning that we should specialize, but that is not true for everybody. A scanner just does not work like a specialist, neither internally nor externally. Trying to imitate specialists just leads to frustration. We have other strengths.

    Much love and big hugs to all of you! Let’s scan around happily in 2010! :-)

  • Holy crap! You probably already knew this about me, but I didn’t!!! Holy crap, of course, that’s one of the reasons my life seems to be such a huge mess of unfinished projects that I keep beating myself up over… :D
    But no more of that I say! Thanks for allowing me to give myself permission to be more of who I am and to love it and to not have to worry about and justify it so much! :D
    Love! <3
    - Denis

  • Katja says:

    I agree – Holy crap ))))) Thank you, Rosine! Now I’m super curious to see the changes which will follow the awereness and acceptance of being a scanner. And I’ve already got some ideas on how to adjust my full-time working day in the office to my scanner essence.
    But tell me, does Barbara Sher explain in her book introduction, how a scanner can accomplish 227 pages????? ;)

  • Haha, Katja and Denis! :D Welcome to the club. :-)
    I really recommend to the two of you to read the book. It’ll give you some interesting time management and career ideas. :)
    Denis, the older I get the more I think that giving ourselves permission to be more of who we are and to love it and to not worry about and justify it so much – is the whole point. :-)
    Much love and a big hug to both of you. <3

  • Riamh says:

    HI!
    I discovered not long ago that I am a scanner. I’m a mix of cyclical-serial scanner, but most of the time I’m cyclical. I do one stuff, drop it, do other stuff, drop them, go back to the first, and so on. And there’s also stuff, when I’m done with them I’m just getting bored. I’m interested in everything, and changed major twice, and minor three times. Medicine, history,nordic studies, philosophy, archaology… and so on. I’m struggling with my studies to finish my master, but the spark isn’t here anymore. I want to study math, astrophysics, write a book, learn Japanese, record an album with my band and loads of other stuff! I bought Barbara Sher’s book, and found it absolutely amazing! It’s a real relief to see that there’s a lot of scanners and that we’re not alone, we’re not lazy, we’re not dumb, we’re not crazy!

    \o/

  • Ohhh…. Nordic studies, archaology, maths, astrophysics, Japanese, band… *drools*

    You can do it all! It’s just a matter of correct organization.

    And yeah, we are not alone, not lazy, not dumb, and not crazy. :)

    Love to you, fellow scanner! <3

  • Faiza says:

    A million thanks for this article!! I just discovered your blog and I am delighted :-)

    Honestly, you just changed my life!! To know that I am part of a personnality scheme that actually has a name and is shared by many people, makes me feel so much better about myself. I used to think that I was just a lazy messy loser! And it frustrated me so much to think of all the ideas I could come up with every days and still not be able to bring them to life, just as if I was wasting a gift!

    And now everything just suddenly falls into place, which is a massive relief :-)

    I could keep going on and on about how much of a scanner I am through MANY examples, but that was not the goal of this comment, so back on initial track, I am thanking you again for this very insightful post which i am sure will bring peace into many hearts & minds!

    I’ll make sure to read the book and keep an eye on your blog! :-)

    Oh and sorry if there are some language mistakes, english isn’t my native language…

    • Hi Faiza,

      Sorry for the late reply. You are welcome. And you are NOT a lazy messy loser. :)

      Identifying with a label like “scanner” can be limiting at some point, but at first, when you are not at peace with yourself yet, it is such a huge relief to know what’s going on, isn’t it? :)

      I hope this insight has brought you a good step farther on your journey to stepping into who you really are!

      Love,

      Rosine.

  • Angel says:

    omg! Scanner is just perfect! Thank you for putting this article up. At least i know what i can “call” myself now. haha~ I am a cyclical scanner as well and i tend to start something with passion then abandon it and go start something else entirely. Sometimes i finish them sometimes i don’t but it’s true we want to experience everything life has to offer.

    For me it’s like after I’ve “reached the top” or experienced something i jump to the next thing. I tend to have the “once is enough” kind of thinking or “i’ll try anything once.” Most people do find it weird but hey it’s my life anyway and it’s not like i’m hurting anyone or stepping on anyone in the process. =)

  • Christi says:

    I also found your site through Steve Pavlina’s site — thank goodness for late night Googling :)

    I’m 28 and have always wondered, what the heck is wrong with me? why can’t I pick one specific career like everyone else and stick to it? Now I feel like I have some sort of understanding. If I could hug you right now I would haha

    Can’t wait for the book you recommended to arrive!

  • AJ says:

    Thankyou thankyou thankyou! I’m yet another grateful scanner who found you from steve pavlinas site. Now instead of criticizing myself for never finishing anything, having too many ideas on the go, procrastinating, etc, etc, now I feel “normal”. I’m truly truly thankful I found this info.

    • You are very welcome, AJ. :)

      Whether you keep behaving this way or not, the very first step is self-acceptance. Criticizing ourselves never brings up forward. When we make peace with what is, we can move on – or not. :)

      Love.

  • Rebecca says:

    Well now I have a name for it, I will be able to tell people that I know now. An explanation for my inability to hold down one job. I stopped telling people my ideas years ago for fear of not being taken seriously. Now I dont care what people think and I have found some answers here about my personality. I will now embrace having 2 art projects on the go (with another in my head at the ready), half written music, half studied Reiki and ready for Bach Flowers among many others. Thankyou Thankyou :-)

    • You are welcome, Rebecca. :)

      Sometimes what makes us behave like scanners is a block that we have at soul-level. I find that sometimes in my clients. But often, being a scanner simply is an expression of who we really are, and that’s wonderful!

      I wish you lots of fun. :)

  • Leigha says:

    Wow! – I love this. Thank you so much! I’m 64 years young and always learning. Now understand why it was so difficult when owned my business, could have done things differently! So many interests and they just keep coming, whew, this is now something I appreciate rather than wonder about.
    Bless you, Rosine.

  • Divya Singh says:

    Just want to say thank-you. Honestly, I was so moved on reading your blog.Seriously, I wanted to stand on my window and yell to the world that I accept myself as I am and you better do so- no more comparisons or pep talk!

    • You go girl!!! :D I’m so, so happy to hear that! It’s so beautiful when someone accepts themselves as they are. And when you do, it does not even matter anymore whether others do too or not. :)

      I wish you all the best and send you lots of love and encouragement!

  • Ciel says:

    Hello Rosine,

    Your article was very helpful to me. I’ve been feeling pressured lately to finish the many books on my shelf, my many interests left abandoned, but I realize it isn’t necessarily a bad thing – I’ve found what I wanted in those things, so perhaps it is time to move on.

    Just a question regarding identifying oneself as a scanner – is it possible that someone shows the attributes characteristic to scanners, but isn’t in fact one? Is it possible to be actually flaky, lazy, etc., and behave like a scanner?

    • Hi Ciel,

      yes, absolutely, it is possible.

      I personally don’t believe that humans can really naturally be lazy, unreliable etc. I believe this only happens when there are blocks present at some level (mental, emotional, physical, soul-level…) and that in our true state we are naturally motivated, consistent, creative and happy to take action.

      But yes, it is absolutely possible that some people aren’t in fact scanners, but have blocks affecting them that cause them to behave this way even though it’s not their true nature. And then some others ARE scanners AND have on top of that blocks that make it even worse, too. I have seen this happen in myself and others.

  • Stefan says:

    Hi Rosine,

    thank you for the review/article.
    Just today I stumbled over scanners while doing the usual scanning stuff myself.
    This explains SO much of my behaviour and especially my disability to specialize in one thing and pursue a specialist career. I always wanted to study “general knowledge” but unfortunately there is no such thing…
    I immediately ordered the book and can’t tell you how much I look forward to read it.

    All the best

    Stefan

    • Hi Stefan,

      I think the book will help you a lot, alone to make peace with yourself. :) It helped me a lot. After a while, being a scanner became less important, but when I was really struggling with this aspect of myself, it helped a lot to know I’m okay the way I am. :)

      I wish you all the best. Love,

      Rosine

  • Tamara says:

    Oh my god thank you so so so much! I am going to a bit of a “what am I gonna do with my life” crisis right now because at 30 I’ve tried different jobs and I’ve moved so much and I always get uber excited about stuff and usually I immediately switch to something else the minute I get started, I have so many things I want to do but never start anything because I feel like everything is a commitment which freaks me out!… and now I know that I am not weird or unstable, I am just a scanner :)! And I can work my way around it!

    One of the things I have started a couple years ago (and haven’t really pushed through as I thought I’d never make it.. yet I started to get into it again about 6 months ago), is translation (English French Spanish), and I see that all the websites that talk about “scannerism” are all in English.
    I am sure that there are non-English speaking people like us too, therefore 2 things:
    1) do you know of any websites/blogs about it in French or Spanish (so I can also show them to my family and friends),
    2) if not, how can I apply on these websites/blogs (including this one), to offer my translation services and make sure more people around the world find the answer to their loneliness and insecurity and realize that they are not crazy and there are so many people like us :)?

    THANK YOU again: I feel like I can breathe again.
    All the best to all of you!! <3
    Tamara

  • Jewels says:

    Hello and thank you for this article. I think i’m a scanner and it’s good to know that there are other people who share this with me. I have a question though. To feel satisfied, one needs to exercise and develop skills and accomplish tasks. One needs to achieve. I think it’s important to accept our scanner personality type. But it’s also important to learn how to have satisfying lives in which we can build careers, families and a sense of purpose. So how can we as scanners build anything? Are we all to end up working as waitresses and have some permanently changing hobbies on the side? I’m not being negative; I’m just trying to point out the core issue here. How can a scanner accomplish anything? And if he doesn’t, how can he be satisfied in his life?

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