He's obviously a Scanner, like myself, and you. However, from my research on scanners (Rennaisance Men), only a small percentage of the population is wired like us. Ultimately, most of us end up in a counseling, consulting, advising, coaching, personal development field of some sort because we can very easily adapt and learn new things compared to many others. We have the ability to walk into an organization and absorb 80% of how things works in a few days, and then offer advice on how to become more productive. However, I know that not a lot of people are wired this way.
I know of people who's dream in life is to do one thing, and on thing only, never changing anything, just doing that one single thing and just getting better at it every day. I have employees that I've offered advancement opportunities to, but they have absolutely no desire to learn anything to, just want to keep doing the single thing that they already do and if I change any aspect of their job they get really uncomfortable and even pissed off.
It's kind of like the polar opposite of a scanner, namely a total specialist. Most people fit in somewhere in between I think.
I find this addition to the discussion really interesting.
I just now tried to google scanner, but since you threw the topic out there I thought perhaps you may have more insight since you obviously picked up this term from somewhere. I did find a few quotes from pop psych books in the google links, but I didn't go through the all the links.
How did the concept of a scanner vs specialist (as a personality type? Wiriing?) start? Does a scanner imply personality type; actual mastery of several subjects; other criteria? Is there validation in other areas? (I don't mean this in a disrespectful way, but the academic literature? Peer reviewed science, psychology, etc.).
If holding many jobs is the criteria, how would one make a discrepancy between personality disorder (can't get along with others; come to work on time) vs. actual mastery of different subjects?
How would the whole idea of career differ between these two types of people? (working for oneself, ultimately).
Is there any relationship between a scanner and high novelty seekers?
Thanks for any insight, and thanks for adding an interesting topic to this thread.
Look up the book "Refuse to Choose" by Barbara Sher. Also you can check out this article from my old blog: Leonardo Da Vinci was a Scanner and an Amateur, Are You? | Self Help Wisdom . com
Barbara's books were the first to introduce me to the "scanner" mentality and make me feel "normal" for being a scanner, instead of looking at it as a bad thing, such as most modern society believes. She describes how specialization came to be and why our current society values it so much, and how things are changing.