ADD May Carry the Gifts of Intuition
ADD/ADHD is a neurological disorder. According to the National
Institute of Health, between 3% and 5% of the population in this
country are affected by ADD/ADHD. The major symptoms of the
disorder are distractibility, forgetfulness, inability to
concentrate, poor attention span and impulsiveness.
Persons with ADD frequently are highly intuitive. What is
intuition? First of all, it's not ESP, and it's not instinct,
although the word intuition has historically been used that way.
It's an extremely important and powerful form of non-linear intelligence, useful for deciphering patterns from chaotic
Intuition is a form of subconscious intelligence, possibly used
by the right brain to discern complex patterns and relationships.
It is highly underrated. All small children learn primarily
through intuition, and at an extremely fast pace. They also have
short attention spans, are impulsive, and fidget a lot; sound
For example, small children learn to speak complex sentences
through "absorption," without having any understanding of
grammar. Imagine if you had to teach every child language by
explaining to them that each sentence must have a noun. You
don't, because their subconscious biological computer called
intuition has already figured that out, without the child's
Music is also learned intuitively. People cannot usually explain
that the pattern of first, third and fifth notes on the scale,
have a pleasing sound to their ears because of the mathematical
relationship of vibration wavelengths. However, our subconscious
intelligence knows these relationships. Multiple studies have
shown that young children given intense music lessons have sudden
increases in their mathematical abilities.
Intuitive people lose detail, but more often get the big picture.
They are also good at coming up with ideas, concepts, and
relationships that others miss. Hallowell says that ADDers are
highly intuitive and have "flashes of brilliance."
Left Brain vs. Right Brain
Both ADDers and highly creative individuals are thought to have
differences in the left brain vs. right brain relationship.
Right Brain Traits:
? Intuitive: Follows hunches, or feelings, takes leaps of logic.
? Nontemporal: having little or no awareness of time.
? Random: arranges events and actions haphazardly.
? Causal and Informal: deals with information on basis of need or
interest at the time.
? Concrete: relates to things as they are commonly known or
understood. Explicit, precise.
? Holistic: sees whole things all at one, overall patterns.
Leading to divergent ideas.
? Visual: uses imagery, responds to pictures, colors, shapes.
? Nonverbal: responds to tones, music, body language, touch.
? Visio-spatial: uses intuition to estimate, perceives shapes.
? Responsive: listens to music.
? Originative: interest in ideas and theories imaginatively.
? Emotional: suspicious judgment until it feels or seems right.
? Learning: through exploration
Left Brain Traits:
? Methodical: organizes information, classifies, and categorizes
? Temporal: keeps track of time, thinks in terms of past,
? Sequential: arranges events and actions in consecutive
? Linear: thinks in terms of sequence, one thought directly
following another. Leads to convergent conclusions.
? Factual: deals with details, items, the particulars, features
of a thing.
? Verbal: used words to name, describe, and define things.
? Systematic and Formal: processes information methodically, in a
? Learning: through systematic plans
I have not found anything in medical literature that says ADDers
are primarily right brained. What is written however, are
theories about lower than normal levels of hemispheric
I think that means the left brains aren't quite as dominant in
ADDers as they are with "normal" people, so the right brain has a
looser rein, so to speak. The right brain is therefore allowed to
go further, to do more. This intuitive capability in those with
ADD is really a gift, and should be encouraged as such.
© 2005 Christopher Stewart
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