Pollyannaish Fallacy

Right now, I feel a need to point out a common Pollyannaish Fallacy often said to the young that, “you can be anything you want to be.” So untrue! What a cruel lie. Everyone is a unique person and not all of us are gifted to be a great scientist, musician, artist, mathematician, professional athlete, or professional model. What the statement should say is, “make sure you use the unique gifts you were born with by activating within and developing them to the max.” In my writing, I discuss Howard Gardner suggesting humans have six multiple intelligences:  i. e. linguistic, musical, logical-mathematical, visual-spatial, interpersonal, and intrapersonal.  I recommend that we discover and experience our intelligence  (intelligences), our daedal skills, talents, special abilities, and develop them to the greatest degree possible.


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