The Positive Aspects of Having Dyslexia
The Dyslexic has a nice collection of capabilities, which are in fact advantages when used in the right context.
"I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious" – Albert Einstein
It’s OK and even necessary to use imagination as a scientist, entertainer or inventor, but it’s not such a good idea in other, more repetitive occupations. These capabilities have the potential to be advantages, but are often underestimated or even unknown. Einstein used his ability to daydream to come up with relativity theory, whilst children are often discouraged to daydream, thus this capability risks not being fully developed. Where using one’s capabilities leads to happiness, not using them has a negative effect: it results in unhappiness.
"When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come close to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge" – Albert Einstein
When we pay more attention to those advantages and nurture them, we can use them to alleviate the disadvantages and boost the dyslexics’ self-confidence.
Not every dyslexic develops the same strengths. However, by knowing them we can nurture them, so they can fully develop and contribute to the development of the dyslexic child.
20 Talents Associated with Dyslexia:
Perception: the ability to alter and create perceptions;
Highly aware of the environment;
Great intuition and insightful;
Thinking and perceiving multi-dimensionally (using all the senses);
A lively imagination;
Can experience thought as reality;
Easy adoption of change;
Holistic, see the big picture, don’t get lost in details, get to the important aspects;
See patterns, connections, and similarities very easy;
Can be very driven, ambitious and persistent;
Capable of seeing things differently than others;
Love for complexity;
Simultaneous multiple thought processing;
Not following the crowd;
The ability of visual thinking
The ability of spatial and lateral thinking.
"I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity." – Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962), U.S. columnist, lecturer, First lady
All those abilities enable a dyslexic to be successful in a wide range of careers. A few examples:
20 Careers that Dyslexics Excell in: