Also, I hyper-focus on the environment when I'm out. I'll notice all kinds of little things that others don't pick up on, but I won't notice big events or what's going on at public happenings. For some reason, the crow chasing the squirrel in that bush over there, or that SUV driver cursing at the cyclist are more interesting to me than the display or the speaker that everyone else is watching.
Yeah same. I plug into whatever appealing storyline I see as I go along, and sometimes get tripped up or get a feeling of vertigo for a second as I quickly re-assess my ignored surroundings.
Most of the time, I'm not even close. It bores me. I'd rather pay attention to my thoughts. I've almost been run over by automobiles on a few occasions, because I wasn't paying attention when jogging and the people were speeding.
I really struggle to notice details around me. Even if I'm concentrating hard and somebody's pointed something out to me, I can still be unable to see it. I'm capable of sometimes noticing that friends or colleagues have a new haircut, so I'm not a total lost cause. *hopeful*
If anything's been lying around for more than a day or two, it tends to become invisible to me. Used to drive my ex nuts at times.
Originally Posted by Costrin
Physical details? Not so much.
But people, if I don't have other things to do I occasionally just start observing and figuring them out. It's fascinating the things you can observe from both a psychological and sociological perspective.
If I don't have to run the actual meeting, I love doing that in meetings. Watching the undercurrents, working out what various games people are playing, who is playing at multiple levels, who is naive and being too open etc. Fascinating. I'm not good at reading body language or even noticing it (unless I'm concentrating hard), but I'm pretty good at picking up the unsaid politics.
I.....albeit at times I usually tend to sway into my dreamland whenever alone. In bus, in car, during the break, when nature calls, before sleep... Anything when alone. So I'm not a really good observant, albeit sometimes I can be one if needed.
But agreed on observing people. It's fun to notice something unusual and its implication and context. Or bringing imagination into play and creating my own context. I can't say I'm adept at it but noticing them was fun already. Not even counting understanding, exposing, and utilizing them!
I notice everything. Especially body language of people and anything out of the ordinary. It's entirely automatic, and it often scares people when they realize how observant I am. Basically, any change in the environment that could be of concern to me, or any behavior that is not normal/good from people, I pick up unconsciously without even knowing it, and react. It's saved me many times (for example, the one car that wasn't slowing down at the red light, while I was doing 70mph and I instinctively adjusted my speed/course to just miss them as they blew through the light across my path.)