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Yarlan Zey
    • Thinking outside the box


    • coming up creative solutions to problems


    • thinking of new ideas


    • questioning things rather than just accepting them if they come from some “authority” (although this can also get us into trouble. It’s both good and bad)


    • empathy, not being judgemental (don’t mess with us though)


    “outsider” insights into things, open-mindedness

Okay, but you probably want more “concrete” examples. Well, although I generally didn’t achieve much in “formal” academia, especially as time went on, people are often impressed by how I’ve learned so many things on my own. To use a fancy word, I’m an “autodidact”.

Example of a learning strategy of mine (running out of time a little so I’ll resort to copying and pasting something I wrote elsewhere!):

“Some say people with ADHD are interest-based, rather than importance-based. This means that you should focus on how to make things more interesting for you, rather than focusing on how important those things are.

I’ve learned a lot of things in the following way. First perhaps I’ll get hold of a book about a subject. I’ll start reading it. Soon enough I’ll probably get bored. Then maybe I’ll download a few podcasts of people talking about the subject. Then that gets boring. Perhaps I’ll find another book. Then that gets boring, or even annoying lol. Maybe I can find a documentary about the subject. After that, the first book I got hold of has become interesting to me again, and so on.”

I’m just not a very consistent person. On the other hand I have a wide range of interests. A “normal” person is probably much more consistent but also has much narrower interests, and relies on external “importance” rather than internal “interest”.

  • This reply was modified 8 months, 3 weeks ago by Yarlan Zey.
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