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Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

Unfortunately, I Really Am That Nerdy

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Somehow I am amused, but not surprised in the least, when my psychology book first poses two puzzles on one page, and then on the next page, explains the typical thought pattern that "everybody" uses to solve it, and it bears no resemblance to my solution method.

Nor am I surprised when it goest on to describe how "everybody" thinks and "everybody" is limited by language and I find it to utterly fail to describe me in the slightest, missing the mark on every single "do it on yourself" experiment within the chapter.

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I don't know about your childhood experiences, but after having been inundated with the "This is how everyone thinks/reacts/figures/cross-stitches" statements since elementary school, I've pretty much come to disregard them.

Advice: Never generalize.


As you go along, try writing down specifically what you do differently and how you do them. Form some kind of profile for yourself. That could be interesting.

What sorts of puzzles? Word puzzles, logic puzzles, a story with holes, mathmatical (magic squares and the like), visual? Or some of each? I'd be extremely curious to see the original puzzle, then a compare/contrast between what the book says and what you think. (Suitably separated, so we have a chance to take a crack at them ourselves - outside a cut, maybe, with the text inside?)


Amusing, and welcome to Psychology 101. Finding out how other people work and think has always been a passion of mine--hence, majoring in psychology--but running across such broad statements definately happens. Particularly when professors pose very clever questions about internal conceptualization, like "Do deaf people think in words? Everyone thinks in words. What do they think in, signs?" that sort of fail to make much sense for the low percentile of the class who do not mostly think in words either, and aren't deaf. I think waywind mentioned it, but it might be an interesting exercise to compare and contrast for your own notes. For me I've found it immeasureably useful for learning to read "normal" people and it can be a very good predictive tool that way, realizing if you're reacting X way to a situation, they're reacting Y way, and proceeding from there. Nifty, and it freaks people out when you tell them what they're thinking ;)

I know that I think in networks, which are best described by diagrams, not words. Often, my flattening of the network causes confusion in people... and I realize I didn't express the network clearly.

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