From a course on learning: Starting as babies, we develop two kinds of cognitive maps of our environment. One is directions – go north three blocks, turn left at the pornography store, and right at the next light –.
The other is a visual image of the landscape which we gradually build up as we explore it.
There’s two kinds, but I’m short one – geographically challenged
My brain never constructs the visual image. I can get lost in our house. In Santa Fe, 20 years now, I still have to look up how to get somewhere, or ask my wife, or follow a map. I can’t picture where the major intersections are, or anything else.
I also don’t know where different countries are located, in general. Fortunately, this isn’t so much of a handicap. I do have Mexico and Canada down pretty well by now.
Write it down
This is my strategy. Once I get the directions, I write them down, unless I’ve been there many times. I usually manage okay with the places I go to weekly, but that’s it.
Writing it down is an ADD ADHD strategy I use for many things; trying to hold something in my brain is asking for disaster.
My other strategy is the cell phone, which is a blessing. Sometimes I can get the GPS to work for me and can follow it; more often, I use the phone to call my wife when I’m lost. Which is often.
Question of the day
Is this part of ADD ADHD, or a separate dysfunction, dysgeographia, like dyslexia?
Does anyone else have dysgeographia?