Dyslexia is a condition that affects approximately 1 in every 10 people. People with dyslexia have difficulties translating the signals that the eyes send to the brain, causing things seen to get mixed up. It usually manifests itself in reading, going from the written word to the sound of that word, or vice versa.
So dyslexics have problems with reading, or remembering things in sequence or in transcribing things. Full dyslexia testing is the only way to know for sure if you have any one or more of the many different types of dyslexia. Once diagnosed, there is special training to get around almost all types and function normally.
Dyslexia has only been studied and understood well in the last 25 years or so. For maybe the last 15 years the students in most elementary schools have been regularly screened for dyslexia. For this group, any problems they might have had were detected and have been deal with.
But if you graduated from elementary school before that, you did not go through dyslexia testing and any problems that might have been there there would not have been detected. You could be one of the 95% of adult dyslexics that do not know that they are dyslexic.
Dyslexics were on their own to deal with it the best way they could. Most were tagged as “slow learners”, a bit dull, or “does not apply him / herself”. They were looked down on, often ridiculed, just because they learned differently and were not as fast or as fluid with the standard ways of reading and writing.
Most came out of that with low self-esteem, ashamed of their apparent limitations which they learned to hide, usually by avoiding tasks that would require them to read quickly or transcribe numbers or spell correctly. They never got past the limiting parts of dyslexia to the empowering parts …
Yes, there is a good side to dyslexia, related to how the learned to think. Differently and seeing the big picture. There are many famous and successful dyslexics, men like entrepreneur Sir Charles Branson, actors Tom Cruise and Anthony Hopkins, scientist Albert Einstein. Women like actresses Cher and Whoopi Goldberg.
Some people even refer to, “The gift of dyslexia” and treat being dyslexic as a very positive thing. But to get the good effects you need to first go through dyslexia testing, identify any problems or negatives and overcome them. Then you can concentrate on fully developing yourself and using the positive gifts.
Fortunately, it's easy to access dyslexia testing. You can get a full test online from the privacy of your home or anywhere you have Internet access. The cost is less than that of dinner out for two, and it only takes a little over half an hour.
If you have problems with reading, spelling, transcribing letters and numbers, or any other possible dyslexia symptoms, think about it. You could be just minutes or hours away from identifying a negative that you can overcome, and enjoying a positive you did not even know you had! … and enjoying a fuller life!
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