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Multipotentiality

Multipotentiality was defined by Ronald Fredrickson as “any individual who when provided with appropriate environments, can select and develop any number of competencies at a high level” (p. 268). Multipotentiality is readily seen among gifted individuals, as many have the ability to develop the necessary, specific skills to perform well in a variety of situations and possess a large number of interests. Multipotential individuals are more prevalent among the gifted population than “early-emergers,” who possess intense and early interest and talent in a particular area. Multipotential students often show a pattern of high achievement in schoolwork and regular involvement in a variety of social, athletic, community, and solitary activities.

Multipotentiality has been a major concern for gifted individuals, especially when attempting to make a career decision. ...

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