Eight years later, this is still pretty much true. I tend to be hyperfocused on my immediate surroundings, and when people try to talk to me and don’t give me enough time to shift my attention, I “get lost” and have to work just a bit harder to sync up with what they are saying.
For people with no patience — or who expect me to read their minds — this is particularly bothersome.
For me, as well as them.
I call what happens to me “stovepiping”.
The blue lines represent my thinking process.
The pink lines represent the rest of the world.
The orange lines delineate what I call ‘the social layer’ of interaction — the place where people process information together.
This is not to say that I think the rest of the world is superficial or not as “deep” as me — it’s just an attempt to show how I tend to stray outside the social layer to think things through and process information, while the rest of the world goes on without me.
While people are talking and interacting, I can get overwhelmed, so I have to “step away” mentally and go off into my own space to make sense of what’s going on around me. I get very involved in a specific thing I’m thinking about… Sometimes it takes me a while to really get…
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