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    I used to have anxiety in these areas and so couldn't think very well because of that; but when I could do math well I enjoyed it. The same thing happened with chemistry in college; I liked learning about it but was insecure and stressed about my ability to do it and so couldn't really think clearly. When I studied it over the summer in preparation to retake it in the fall though, and the pressure was off, I really enjoyed it and did pretty well in the class. And I find that I can do math if I take a "top down" approach, learning the theory and application first and then the details. So in high school I would either excel at math or have trouble with it depending on whether I could see it (geometry and trig) or whether it was just algebra, and I found college calculus to be really easy. If I know how to do it I love it and it's beautiful. I like applying concepts I've learned about chemistry to all areas of life and use them in philosophy.

    That said my major is philosophy with a Japanese minor, and I love art and music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffywolf View Post
    I find math is boring, although Ive never been bad at it, I was also never top of the class. I prefered chemistry and physics over math.
    But physics has tons of math!

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    There's interest and then there's ability. They don't always meet, though they're conflated often.

    Quote Originally Posted by greenfairy View Post
    When I studied it over the summer in preparation to retake it in the fall though, and the pressure was off, I really enjoyed it and did pretty well in the class.
    I always did much better at it when I taught myself than when I sat in a classroom. I often skipped class to learn on my own and loved it.
    So in high school I would either excel at math or have trouble with it depending on whether I could see it (geometry and trig) or whether it was just algebra
    Funny, that worked in reverse for me.

    I wasn't that into math, though. In college, symbolic logic was much more appealing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pseudo View Post
    But physics has tons of math!
    Yes but the interesting kind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by INA View Post
    There's interest and then there's ability. They don't always meet, though they're conflated often.


    I always did much better at it when I taught myself than when I sat in a class room. I often skipped class to learn on my own and loved it.


    Funny, that worked in reverse for me.

    I wasn't that into math, though. In college, symbolic logic was much more appealing.
    You mean you found the things you couldn't visualize to be easier?

    I love symbolic logic! I took 2 classes of it and got A's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenfairy View Post
    You mean you found the things you couldn't visualize to be easier?
    Yes. Weird, innit?
    I had no love for geometry and trig, which seemed like chores.
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    Quote Originally Posted by INA View Post
    Yes. Weird, innit?
    I had no love for geometry and trig, which seemed like chores.
    Interesting. How does one figure things out without visualizing them, I wonder? I think about absolutely everything visually.

    I wonder what CF's these processes are.

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    The ability to do mathematics has nothing to do with Jung's cognitive functions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenfairy View Post
    Interesting. How does one figure things out without visualizing them, I wonder? I think about absolutely everything visually.
    Perhaps it's not so much visual, but spatial conceptualizing that was the issue. If the math was just numbers, or using formulae ... i.e. more to do with pure logic, fine. If it involves measurement or visualizing space, distance, length, mass, applying to real physical spaces --> annoyed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Savage Idealist View Post
    The ability to do mathematics has nothing to do with Jung's cognitive functions.
    I think all types have the ability to do mathematics and it's silly to think otherwise but when it comes to interest in mathematics, I would think there would be some correlation.
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