You mention in your post that you are not a linear thinker. That jumped out at me because I’ve held for some time now that there are certain psychological conditions that may be hallmarks of people on the far left, among them, an inability to think in a linear fashion. I wonder if you could categorize your political stance?
This comment fascinates me. Last night, while it was snowing, I began to formulate a response. I posted it, went to sleep, and woke up about five times to edit and add to it.
Being sleep deprived, I accidentally deleted the post. Fortunately I hadn’t deleted my e-mail.
I can’t reconstruct the post exactly, but I will rewrite it.
If anybody can explain the logic behind the comment I will give you something.
A comment by me: I didn’t say I couldn’t think in a linear structure, I said that I’m a non-linear thinker.
I arrive at answers through inductive reasoning. This means that I see the answer that is the wanted one or the socially accepted answer, plus several more without going through the steps. This is called thinking outside the box, and is generally admired. In a discussion I can argue for the other answers I see and get people not only to agree to their validity but to act on them.
I can go through all the steps when I need to. As I mentioned in Fiction or Fact, I have been a legal, tax, factual and social science researcher. This assumes the ability to organize information, and to summarize and/or critique it concisely and clearly. I have to put on my linear cap when doing this. I’m especially good at, and love critiquing social science studies.
I’m a licensed social worker with post grad training in research. I did better in my research classes than 95% of the doctoral candidates. Obviously my naturally non-linear thinking has not impaired my ability to organize material or to function on a very advanced level.
I have two questions for the man who made the comment. I’m not putting his name in here; it’s in the comments in my prior post.
1) Define “far left.” This one makes me laugh because I imagine people who are now old lefties at a Paul Robeson concert before I was born.
Then I imagine the PBS video of the making of The Weavers Reunion. Yes, Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, the wonderful Lee Hays, and Fred Hellerman are/were red menaces. And probably non-linear thinkers.
So I have no idea what leftist groups the commenter meant. I never condone violence; I don’t sit around and plot the overthrow of the United States Government, or believe that any violent action against my country is acceptable. Remember, I live in Manhattan. I know what it’s like to live through a terrorist attack.
I don’t believe in violent action toward any country. I accept that war is sometimes necessary and would have accepted a war against Bin Laden soon after 9/11. But that didn’t happen.
The commenter while pretending to be nice was completely insulting. I might have respected the comment a bit had he specifically stated the “psychological conditions.”
As a therapist who is licensed by the state of New York, I would have been glad to answer. I will anyway.
I suffer from obsessive/ compulsive disorder, panic attacks, anxiety, ADD and some learning disabilities. I have frequently mentioned them in my blog. I don’t spend my time thinking about them, and am not an angry person, which is something the commenter might have meant in a larger context.
Somehow I don’t think that the commenter was looking for my answers. I believe that I know what he was referring to, but wanted to test me. There are three conditions that come readily to mind.
I believe that the writer is also talking about rational vs irrational thinking and behavior.
Truthfully all fringe groups might be said to have members that are angry, irrational or suffer from paranoia, schizoid thinking and/or borderline personality disorder. Personally I believe that most members of society feel borderline at times. I don’t find any shame in these conditions. I do find shame in comments meant to incite.
I really detest people who lack the chutzpah to say what they mean. While I believe that people in our country, and probably everywhere now, lack manners, I also believe that taunting a person with a comment like the above one is cruel, and the commenter should have stated his question so that I could have answered it.
Don’t ever underestimate a non-linear thinker. We tend to rule.