Dyslexia is a condition where one’s brain cannot properly process certain words or symbols. It makes it difficult to read and interpret pictures. Dyslexia is a well-known learning disability that affects millions of individuals. For the people that are affected, dyslexia is a condition that hampers their ability to perform many different tasks that come easily to those who do not have dyslexia.
While dyslexia can make life difficult in some areas, it can also be a blessing in others. Dyslexics possess abilities that others do not have. This article will explore three positive traits that result from dyslexia.
One of the most powerful strengths dyslexics have is their creative ability. Unlike most of their peers, dyslexics find it easy to string abstract ideas together in a way that can provide a creative solution to a problem. Since people with dyslexia tend to think in pictures, they can attribute far more detail to a concept than those who don’t think in this way. This enables them to take a complex situation or question and arrive at a simple conclusion or interpretation much more quickly than their peers.
Another trait that adds to the creativity of dyslexics is their “global learning style.” Those who have a global learning style are able to see the whole picture along with its parts rather than logical-sequential thinkers who tend to see the small parts before seeing the whole. Dyslexics are able to piece together large groups of information and ideas, then fill in the smaller details of their ideas. When Albert Einstein, a famous dyslexic, came up with the concept of relativity, he did it by imagining himself travelling at the speed of light by riding a beam of light. After envisioning this, he was able to piece together the other parts of the puzzle and arrive at E = mc².
Another advantage that dyslexics enjoy is the ability to engage in narrative reasoning. Dyslexics usually remember facts as experiences, examples, or stories rather than as abstractions. While they may find it difficult to remember their time’s tables, they can easily remember a conversation two family members may have had or the details of an incident that took place years ago.
This strength enables dyslexics to excel in professions where comprehending and relating stories are very important. These professions could include counselling, trial law, teaching, or sales.
Spatial awareness is another strength that dyslexics possess. Spatial awareness is the ability to see and think about everything from multiple perspectives. It gives the dyslexic a problem-solving ability that is almost uncanny.
They can look at a problem from many different angles and come up with creative and inventive solutions. Their ability to “think outside the box” makes them a great fit for professions that require an inventive mind. These professions can include scientists, engineers, inventors, or electronics.
While dyslexia can cause hardships when it comes to learning, it also has strengths that can make the dyslexic more effective in some areas. Those who deal with dyslexia should find ways to harness these strengths in a way that will make them more successful.
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