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    Default Do you think mostly in words or something else

    This is out of curiosity, I have heard about how people most easily think in different ways, and how it effects abilities and such, so am interested in seeing how different thought processes work for different people.


    I tend to think in words when thinking of what to say to people, but otherwise think in pictures, movies, charts/graphs, or some other "sort of visual but not exactly" ideas when making plans, and visualizing non word related things. It does seem to cause some issues where I have a set of ideas that makes beautifully simple sense in my head, but when translated into words turns into a big mess.

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    I know what you mean about thinking styles...my mom shared parts of a book with me written by a woman with autism who thinks in pictures instead of words. I can't imagine what that must be like. All my thoughts take the form of unvoiced words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OctaviaCaesar View Post
    I know what you mean about thinking styles...my mom shared parts of a book with me written by a woman with autism who thinks in pictures instead of words. I can't imagine what that must be like. All my thoughts take the form of unvoiced words.
    Same here.

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    I think in both. Usually the only way to "see" a mental model is to see it as a picture (instantaneous and multi-dimensional), but to describe it / articulate it means translating it into a linear stream of words... and something is always lost in translation.
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    It depends on what I'm thinking about.

    For example, during interpersonal conduct, (not chatting though) I spend some time thinking about the following things:
    • Mutual disposition of both parties toward each other
    • My current understanding of how the dialogue is moving - is it going 'well'?
    • The words I'm going to use
    • The potential effects my words will have/already had on the other party, reflected in response or facial expression.

    I am not sure if this makes sense. It isn't as calculated as it sounds, though. Sometimes it's all a flash - and it's not like it's chess. What I'm saying is that I can't really classify this kind of thinking as verbal or visual because I think it's probably the best to say that a combination of both is involved. Intuition also plays a part. It's also why that I really suck at responding to many people simultaneously or recovering from being caught offguard (I can be absent-minded - and classroom situations, anyone?)

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    I'm not sure if this has been relevant to the topic, but anyway.
    It becomes a little more different once you consider thinking in a non-social context. I'll post a follow-up (or update this post) later on!
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    I think in words.

    But oftentimes when I'm just spacing out or not concentrating on anything in particular, I'll be re-living past events or locations or images, which are visual as if I'm there in that moment. You know, like watching and listening to a movie.
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    I think in pictures.

    If I'm going through a "dialogue" in my head trying to sort things out, I am actually watching a scene unfolding over "hearing" a voice.

    When I learn new materials, it automatically forms pictures in my head.

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    I think mostly in words... I can use pictures in limited situations where that's the only way to deal with the situation and it can't be translated into words easily, but even then I usually do better with words. In fact, I tend to learn something better by reading it from a book or hearing someone tell me about it than by watching it done. I tend to miss something if I just watch it done.

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    I think mostly in words, sometimes I think in scenario's, playing situations out in my head. I wouldn't advise anyone else attempt to think in this style, as it has been a source of anxiety for me, sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OctaviaCaesar View Post
    I know what you mean about thinking styles...my mom shared parts of a book with me written by a woman with autism who thinks in pictures instead of words. I can't imagine what that must be like. All my thoughts take the form of unvoiced words.
    I think most thoughts are formless. They just need some form to represent them.

    I think in diagrams often usually when I am working. Pictures not as often (usually when I am remembering something or imagining something happening in the future)

    A lot of my thoughts have words now, and more of my thinking has words associated with them. I think in words when I am engaged in conversation or trying to write.

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