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Auditory-Sequential or Visual-Spatial?
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December 19, 2010

Sonia Dabboussi



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Gifted adults process information in different ways.  Some people learn through words while others prefer pictures, and recognizing the difference may totally change how you understand your giftedness.

Auditory-sequential learners, those who prefer language and text, have a totally different method of arranging and using their world than do ** You don't have permission to see this link. **,…

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December 20, 2010




Well, I am most definitely the second, "Visual-Spatial".

I noticed that "Auditory-Sequential" is a way of thinking that really gives an advantage in school. What you described in the first column seems like the ideal person to succeed in this realm, and the "Visual-Spatial" personality seems to have many disadvantages concerning teachers and success, like being unable to identify their train of thinking. It also seems like gifted people with this personality are less likely to be identified. 🙁

December 20, 2010

Sonia Dabboussi



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You are absolutely right, Marfusha. For those people who are balanced between the two or who fall more heavily on the auditory-spatial side, school is an easier thing with good grades coming more easily. For those who are visual-spatial on the other hand, even though they are just as smart and capable as their auditory counterparts, they as often don't get the recognition they deserve, especially if they're very much on this side.

At school you have to show your work, explain your thinking, and be able to tell how you reached your conclusions. But visual people have a harder time explaining how they know what they know because it kind of comes to them all at once. They get the big picture instead of the details leading up to it. And how do you even begin to explain intuition?!

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May 11, 2012


Haarlem, Netherlands


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I'm a visual-spatial learner too. When I look back, a lot of my unhappiness stems from being misunderstood by a world that seems to be more geared towards auditory-sequential processing. I was called lazy because I made mistakes in long division (she can do it, if she only applies herself). The truth is that I have a mild form of dyscalculia. I just don't 'see' it. 

I'd be interested in discussing with other visual-spatial learners how to deal with problems we run into in a way that makes sense to us, rather than trying (in my case in vain) to do things in a sequential way and end up being frustrated. 

The two problems I struggle with the most at this moment are my 'unique way of organizing' (somewhere else I read 'organizationally disabled, lol!) and explaining a complex matter that I 'see' in a flash, but can't for the life of me put into words. I feel that a large part of the problem is the discrepancy between the speed of thinking, or rather 'seeing' and the unwieldy reality. For instance, I'd love to have an organized house, but live in a perpetual mess. I've already figured out that I'm most succesful in organizing my stuff when I vizualize clearly how the end result looks like. This is the part I enjoy the most, but when it comes to actually doing the work, I lose interest, get distracted or think of another cool way to organize. I've often wished for a magic wand. Or an army of personnel that could do it for me. Alas, I have neither. Sometimes I do manage to get everything organized the way I want it, but this doesn't last more than a few weeks. I don't seem to be able to train myself to keep it the way it is. Does anyone else have this problem and perhaps found a solution that doesn't cost buckets of energy? 



May 14, 2012



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I am a visual spatial learner with a kinetic twist.
I concur that school is geared towards auditory sequential teaching. School for
me was hell. My abilities hid profound dyslexia and dyscalculia. I spent a lot
of time being frustrated and bored in equal measure.

There is organisation in my seeming chaos. I'm
under no illusions that my preferred way of working will quickly have anyone
who is sequential climbing up the walls. If constructing a visual
representation of how you wish your home to be helped you to achieve it-go for
it girl. I carry a visual record of my head of where everything is in my home
but if I had to  described how to get to
the location for another person to find an object something just goes awry.

I find visual thinking is incredibly fast where is
constructing sentences to communicate with others is tedious and slow. It
matters that I try to use this as this had the majority of people interact.


I find colour coding immensely helpful with
paperwork. I use colours to provide myself with an anchor point to work
sequentially or I get bored and find something else I am more interested in to do.
I have lost count of the amount of time I lose in chasing threads that catch my
interest. Once I have a system devised I cannot quite leave it alone as I am
always looking to improve it and refine it and it's not unknown for me to pull
the whole thing to pieces and start again. This tendency has caused endless
trouble at work.


I mind map a lot. One of the most helpful things
recommended to me by an educational psychologist was inspiration software. I
would prefer it to be able to move in three-dimensional rather than
two-dimensional ways but it has a huge advantage that it converts my rippling out
of many ideas from single theme into a sequential list that most people find
easier to follow.


If I ever do find a solution to the organisational
problems faced by visual spatial learners then perhaps that will be the time I finally
write a book.

May 19, 2012



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I am not sure which type of learner I am exactly. I seem to have a bit of both at the same time.

I love languages and love words. I can listen to oral directions and have maps pop up in my head. I read books and have a movie playing in my mind, complete with sounds and sometimes a soundtrack. I can do math but I don't like "working out the sums". I like chemistry and geometry but not algebra and physics. I see both the big picture and small details. I love analyzing problems and I am perfectly fine with ambiguous or no results at all. I love writing and that's why I keep a handwritten diary but my hand isn't always able to keep up with my thoughts and so I have resorted to typing. Ten fingers moving is way faster than one pen on paper.


I think I am just one big confused nut.

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