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02 April 2010 @ 04:40 am
valuable insight of the year  
one of the problems i find i face is that far too often, in my eagerness to share a sudden thought or revelation that just occurred to me, i start communicating it to the intended party immediately, only to lose my train of thought or line of argument midway... (and thus rendering said idea much less persuasive and in fact very much of a joke whenever it happens.)

in randomly discussing the issue with my sister, she pointed out that when i try to convey these ideas that suddenly strike me, i am often speaking very fast; and that i was speaking so fast because my tongue was desperately trying to catch up with the train of thought going on in my head, which has moving on too quickly ahead.

the solution i'm now trying to do when i remember, is to speak slower, so that i (hopefully) have more time to formulate what i want to convey verbally. and that perhaps this will also help with the problem of having my mind racing too quickly ahead such that i end up forgetting what i wanted to say in the first place.

i guess having pinpointed this problem may also have helped to partially explain why i write so much better and in a much more organised and logical fashion than i speak - i buy myself the time to sort through the various ideas, trains of thought, and to organise them into much easier digestible bits.

my sister is a genius. it was truly a revelation to me when she identified the likely root of the problem - that i was playing verbal catch up with my mind.

while written out like this, it may seem like total common sense to anyone. but i think it requires (i) good observation skills to first become conscious that such a phenomenon is even occurring, (ii) some insight to come to the realisation that it is likely due to a mind-tongue disjunct, and that she is (iii) articulate enough to bring verbal form to that mere consciousness / realisation that could just have occurred at the back of anyone else's mind.

i don't wanna go all economics-sounding or what, but that almost throw-away comment is such value-add to me! gimme more!
Mood: impressed
Music: 蘇打綠 - 無眠
the doobfemdog on April 2nd, 2010 05:16 am (UTC)
Oh oh you know, I face a similar problem! I also prefer to write, not speak. I can take my time to draft good emails, but when my boss/prof asked me something and I tried to respond, I usually sounded like I don't know anything even though I knew what I want to say. I conclude that words don't come out of my mouth as fast as thoughts form in my brain (is that slightly different from your case?). I realised this problem back in university days. Nowadays I think I try to form thoughts properly in my head first, then form my verbal presentation before articulating (unfort, I still get distracted and forget to organise my thoughts, hehheh). Though it doesn't matter much now cos there are rarely occasions for me to do that.

Anyway, you should have asked me lah, I'd have given you the same genius explanation. Haahahahha.
a little less than the girl next doorin_transit on April 6th, 2010 06:18 am (UTC)
Anyway, you should have asked me lah, I'd have given you the same genius explanation.

ptooei. last time you said so many things about xhl and then when in front of her, don't dare to say a word. hiak hiak.
the doobfemdog on April 6th, 2010 06:32 am (UTC)
Weyyy... what has that got to do with this post?