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how can a person be good at
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certain things yet so bad at other things?

Take me, for example. I'm perfectly capable of producing great written content (if I had the will power and ability to get shit done, I would've written a book already), I learn languages easily, I've always been better than most of my friends when it comes to reading shit, really grasping it, and turning it around so that it benefits me and my thoughts and views, plus I'm good at memorizing facts and theories and apply it to concrete things and situations. Hell, I spoke in long, complex sentences well before I turned two, I read before I turned four, and I could read, speak, and understand english before we even started having it in school. I was reading Harry Potter in english while my classmates learned to introduce themselves for fucks sake.

Then there's everything else. Math? I don't get it. First off, too many numbers and digits always have me in a state of extreme confusion. If there's a math problem, and one of the numbers is (-4,6) and the other number is simply 6,4 - it won't take more than a minute or two before I mix them up and they become the same thing. I also have a very hard time understanding math overall, you know, algebra and shit. 
Because I'm so bad at math, I also don't understand science, mostly due to that a lot of things need to be calculated in order for things to work out or for you to actually be able to get some information out of shit. 

And math's not the only thing I suck at. I've always been shit at sports, hell, I trip on my own feet when I try to run. I'm also really fucking bad at cooking and doing things with my hands, such as sewing. I can't draw, because I see things inside my head, but I can't for my life figure out how to draw it. And it's not complicated drawings that I have in my head, it can be a cartoon style pink siamese cat with a cigarette in its mouth, and I still don't even know how to draw the outlines.

How is this even possible? 

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...that's life? 
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Felicity wrote:
...that's life? 
But for some reason you need to be really, really good at math in order to be able to work as a curator? I don't really get that because you basically just sit around and listen to people and let them get their shit off their chest and maybe give them some advice, and none of that has anything to do with math. 
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The thing with math is that most of it, you'll never even need! Being able to calculate the percentage of shit is certainly beneficial, but I know that already, and that was, by the way, like 6th grade math. Really, nothing you learn doing math past 8th grade or so will ever be useful unless you choose to become a mathematician. 
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you can't be perfect ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ it takes a huge toll
the people who excel in academics usually sacrifice something else like athletics or their social life
and i guess you have your specialty which is writing, something to be proud of!
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Hashiyan wrote:
you can't be perfect ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ it takes a huge toll
the people who excel in academics usually sacrifice something else like athletics or their social life
and i guess you have your specialty which is writing, something to be proud of!
What good will it ever give me when I can't sit down and actually write, tho? It certainly helps when you have to write an essay on something, but since I'm just generally absolute shit when it comes to organizing my thoughts and making things look neat and proper instead of messy and scattered around every-fucking-where, I can't write a good essay either, at least not without five million papers with notes lying around everywhere, a bottle of wine, and days of desperate crying and begging for someone to please let me die. 
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Like, when I was moving, I found an old short story I'd written at ten years old, and the first two pages looked like something an actual author could have written, but past that everything went very much downhill, because I most likely got really, really bored with the whole thing.
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The thing with math, as ridiculous as it might seem, is that I probably could be good at math, but I've never been able to put the energy and dedication into learning it properly. See, I don't understand things when people explain them to me, because they don't explain it the way I would explain it. Especially when it comes to math, people seem to like using figures and pictures. That doesn't resonate with me at all, although I really wish it would. If there's a concept, I need to be told that concept in words. If someone tries to explain it with figures, it has me even more lost and confused. When I told my last math teacher that, he laughed and said math has to be explained in figures so that one could "see the logic". 
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Also I'm pretty sure I suffer from some kind of working memory dementia and that's why I lose numbers and never get the right answer. 
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im good at writing and reading comprehension and understanding as well, and i also learn languages quickly
my vocabulary is advanced in both norwegian and english
i wrote a short story at the age of 11 that my teacher told me was university-level good and i have not in 7 years written anything that good again

but i cannot for the life of me write factual texts
im on my third year of media and communications studies, which includes journalism, but i still dont know shit about how to build a factual text. my head is just swarming with descriptions of people and weather and sounds and that shit, which is exactly what should be avoided.
the only kind of factual texts i can write are features, because they require precise descriptions of the environment
this means i can turn facts into fiction in my head and write it like a story
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River wrote:
im good at writing and reading comprehension and understanding as well, and i also learn languages quickly
my vocabulary is advanced in both norwegian and english
i wrote a short story at the age of 11 that my teacher told me was university-level good and i have not in 7 years written anything that good again

but i cannot for the life of me write factual texts
im on my third year of media and communications studies, which includes journalism, but i still dont know shit about how to build a factual text. my head is just swarming with descriptions of people and weather and sounds and that shit, which is exactly what should be avoided.
the only kind of factual texts i can write are features, because they require precise descriptions of the environment
this means i can turn facts into fiction in my head and write it like a story
A factual text? Like, a text that only contains facts? 
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your brain have two parts and there's logical part and then creative part
when you're born you're "naturally" average or above average on one
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Troublemaker wrote:
your brain have two parts and there's logical part and then creative part
when you're born you're "naturally" average or above average on one
That doesn't make sense at all though, because I'm usually very good at logic. For example I could never grasp the piano well enough to even play one chord despite us being taught it in school until someone explained basic logic behind it - then I could, all of a sudden, play any chord. 
Also, doesn't language have at least some to do with logic, or at least patterns, as well? 
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According to psychological researches, it's all about your mentality of are you willing to believe you can learn anything without limits. Because that really has an effect. People who believe learning in any area has no limits have a lot more easier time learning stuff and brain scans show they have more activity going on in brains.

I have a terrible mental lock and I can't bring myself to think I have no limits. Like I can think that, but my brain is like "come on you know yourself you're bluffing".

Of course there are the natural factors like the little effect of what your genes have caused you, but the environment affects more than that. That assuming that you have "normal brains" (i don't like calling brains like that >_>;)

because for example things like ADHD makes it more difficult to learn in some areas because, well obvious reasons. 


IN CONCLUSION!!

The answer to your question is, because brains suck.
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And I'm not at all creative.

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Dottis wrote:
According to psychological researches, it's all about your mentality of are you willing to believe you can learn anything without limits. Because that really has an effect. People who believe learning in any area has no limits have a lot more easier time learning stuff and brain scans show they have more activity going on in brains.

I have a terrible mental lock and I can't bring myself to think I have no limits. Like I can think that, but my brain is like "come on you know yourself you're bluffing".

Of course there are the natural factors like the little effect of what your genes have caused you, but the environment affects more than that. That assuming that you have "normal brains" (i don't like calling brains like that >_>

because for example things like ADHD makes it more difficult to learn in some areas because, well obvious reasons. 


IN CONCLUSION!!

The answer to your question is, because brains suck.
The weird thing about that is that even back when I really believed I would excel at math and that I had no limits, I still couldn't grasp it. Concepts, sure, but actually managing to solve anything? Never, unless I could do it my way, which of course I couldn't, since that was a "too odd and weird way of doing it". My ninth grade teacher wanted to give me an F for it, but she couldn't because I actually, for once, got all the answers right, so she had to pass me.

My boyfriend and our neighbor are both dead beat sure I've ADHD but it's not like I'm ever gonna know because I'm not planning on getting tested. Also I'm pretty sure that would affect more areas in my life than math and science. 
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