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TMA.

Too many aptitudes...

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Most are likely to be happiest with work that provides a lot of variety, challenge and opportunity for use of diverse talents… usually multi-disciplinary areas. Even then, many feel they're underachieving, that they could do great things. And they're usually right.

  • Usually hypercritical, a consequence of high reasoning aptitudes, they notice flaws and loopholes, errors and inconsistencies. They notice that 90% of almost anything is bullshit.
  • They're usually good arguers and can tear just about anything to shreds—including themselves.
  • They'll sometimes set goals, prove to themselves these goals are worthless, and then repeat the cycle. Each decision can be challenged, each goal can be laughed at—and thus nothing is worth doing. This destroys personal motivation and energy.

Money, power and self-aggrandizement don't really motivate TMAs. Only finding something worth doing, by their own high standards, can motivate them to focus enough for sustained very high achievement.

They often have to stay very busy to feel satisfied, and may feel it essential to create their own job or start their own business… with a tendency to over-extend themselves

In often processing high levels of internal and external data, TMAs may become overstimulated… thus requiring solitude to regenerate.

Much of what's in the previous pages is an edited extract from Hank Pfeffer's 'Danger: High Voltage'.


Of twenty-or-so commonly accepted aptitudes, I have perhaps double-the-norm. And I'm not claiming TMA as something to boast about… probably the reverse.

Other than briefly I've never really thought about what I'm good at, and have often drifted naturally from one thing to another… and in so doing either acquiring appropriate knowledge and skills—or (example: guitar playing), realising 'it ain't for me' moved on again.

Although having been aware of TMA for perhaps ten-or-more years, it's only now (Feb 2018) that I'm beginning to grasp the significance of it in helping me better-understand much of my life.

  • I've often enjoyed helping and connecting people.
  • In personal interactions, I can get excited and energized by consideration and debate of potential and various options.
  • I also can get frustrated when people ignore practical considerations.

Accepting 'multi-aptitude personality' as 'how my brain works' is very useful, and should enable me to forgive some of the 'not normal' things for which I've hitherto blamed myself and felt inferior (with consequent lowering of self-esteem and confidence).

And, also relevant and helpful, are:

So, with better understanding I've less self-doubt and am more 'this is me' accepting of myself. Helmet-off, I'm riding (and striding) down life's highway.