Law in Hyperspeed

The ADDventures of a practicing attorney in a southern state. I hope those in the law and those with ADD can find some comfort and help in these postings. The only real person in this blog is the author. The people described in this blog mostly represent sterotypes of some of the characters I see in my travels.

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Thursday, February 24, 2005

ADD and Intuition

A recent post on the Adult-ADD-issues Yahoo group talked about ADDer's who are able to read people. The interesting thing about ADD in their relations with people is that it can manifest itself in very different ways.

I have a friend, also an attorney, who is should be an ADD poster child. One of the ways her ADD manifests itself is with her non-stop talking. She is so distracted and hyperfocused on what she is saying that she totally misses the signs others are giving to her. Signs that would tell her that the other person really wants to end the conversation and get something done. She is unfortunately viewed as annoying by many people.

As an inattentive ADDer, I'm the quiet sort you saw in school. I'm quiet on the outside, but inside my brain is going in hyperspeed. One of the things I do with the overly active brain is study the people around me.

Psychologists say that our faces will show many of our deeply hidden emotions. The unfortunate part is that those glimpses into someone's hidden side only occur in flashes of 5-10 second facial expressions. Since I'm easily distracted, I will often notice those flashes in other people. I think this is why I can often get somewhat of an "intuitive" feel for people.

It's one of the blessings of being ADD.

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