Sunday, April 11, 2010

Brain wiring, and yes, I AM creating

Firstly, I've been doing lots of knitting, and yesterday I handpainted some wool. This red skein is for a scarf for my friend Bronwen's birthday, as she loves scarves.
And for me...something quite and subdued and neutral.......just kidding! This is a crappy photo, but it's a mixture of Hot Pink and National Blue, and I will make it into a scarf that I can wear with the 2 overtops I have in those colours.
I also found a pattern for making fingerless gloves on 2 needles - great for knitters like me who don't like using double pointeds. The colours are a bit washed out in the bright sun, but they are green, orange and purple, with some added black in the ribbing. Much nicer in real life than in the photo.

As for the brain wiring......I've come to understand that my brain is wired a bit differently from other people's in some respects. For example, while I read extensively and consider that I'm articulate and can use language well, I have realised that my brain simply can't process subtlety.

What do I mean by this? If someone says something to me in a roundabout way, perhaps because they're trying to not offend me, or maybe they are just hinting at some meaning but not actully stating what they mean, I become quite confused and uncomfortable. If there is more than one way their comment can be interpreted, I don't know which way to take it. I really need people to say exactly what they mean so I can understand them. Perhaps this is why politics holds no appeal for me - I couldn't handle it.

Another example - while I can multitask, in the sense that I will work on a number of different things at once, I find it very hard to have more than one major focus in my head at a time. At present, it's my forthcoming trip. This means that everything else becomes secondary and just doesn't get my attention.

Am I alone in this, or do other creative people have similar issues?


Leigh said...

About the Brain wiring - I am that way too. I've been diagnosed as Bordeline Personality Disorder. This was strangely comforting and nice to know that yes my brain was wired different but I wasn't the only one.

verobirdie said...

Hi Shirley, Your post made me laugh! And I was relieved to know that I'm not alone. Subtlety is completely lost on me. I feel exactly as you do when someone tries the roundabout stuff on me... Politics is out of my scope...
But I live quite well with that, I just make it clear to the people who are significant to me.

Barbara's Spot on the Blog said...

I think my problem is that I call it as I see it and I often say things too bluntly. It'll be true but it will offend people. That's when I have to practise the soft talking around the issue and trading curly words instead of straight words. It can be exhausting.

I love the coloured wool!

karen said...

Yes, I have three children like this and I think that my husband and I are also like this. Say what you mean and mean what you say are all important if you are going to hang out with us!

Nice blog!!