Successful author Barbara Sher says that it's because I'm a Scanner. That's basically a person who has lots of interests. Not only is this nothing to be ashamed of, but, she points out, it puts me in good company with people like Ben Franklin, the Renaissance men who were so appreciated here and abroad over two centuries ago.
Scanners are very happy, interesting, enthusiastic people, according to Sher, but often they have nothing to show for it.
Yes, that would be me.
Talked to my sometimes-close-friend, sometimes-mentor, sometimes-I don't-know-what-to-do-with-him friend Avi (a pseudonym, but in any case, he looks like an Isreali), he said said that no, I'm not a Scanner. When I asked him why not, he said that I go deeply into things.
That's also true, but it's may be that Avi misunderstands the concept.
This scanner/depth tendency perhaps makes me like those Survivor Personalities -- people with seemingly contradictory characteristics who cope well and are resilient under adverse conditions.
Perhaps so, but it often doesn't feel like I'm coping well. No wonder. Often I'm under rather adverse conditions.
* OK, so I'm a Sociologist and a Holistic Practitioner, but the first isn't paying me directly, and the second pays only in a very limited way.