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  •  Me too--late bloomer (6+ / 0-)

    Thom Hartmann's book The Edison Gene has been so helpful to me.

    His way of seeing ADD is that it is the ADD/ADHD type of person who did well in the hunter role of ancient times. While an ADD person in ancient times would have gone mad with the early farmer job--watching the corn grow, planning for the next crop--he or she was better able to take on the job that involved constant scanning of the environment, watching where one's potential prey--and potential predators--might be, hyper-focusing when required, leaping into action.

    I don't actually work as an ancient hunter, especially since I'm a vegan.

    However, it really helped me to make sense of why we have so many people with different talents.

    It is that positive view of ADD/ADHD that was helpful to me, to see what strengths it brought.

    Like most of us, I live in a farmer-mentality-friendly environment--but I can be a friend to me, the vegan with the ancient hunter brain.

    •  Oh, I forgot Thom Hartmann wrote a lot on this. (2+ / 0-)
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      ladybug53, True North

      I'm going to have to read this. Thanks!

      Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature.

      by ZenTrainer on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 07:46:41 PM PDT

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      •  Genes (4+ / 0-)

        Hartmann also pointed out--probably in the same book--that there is a gene associated with risk-taking. People with ADD are more likely to have it.

        He noted that the people who emigrate to other countries in search of better opportunities are more likely to have that gene than the ones who stayed behind.

        Now from what I hear, everybody who works in Hollywood is ADD--so that must mean there are a lot of people with that gene in Tinseltown.

        •  Ha! Risk-taking behavior is in my blood. (2+ / 0-)
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          JamieG from Md, FishOutofWater

          Was a floor trader on Wall Street. Have sold trucks, cars, timeshares, condos, homes, securities, insurance and anything that doesn't require me to be tied up in an office.

          Was also admitted to MIT but was told I was probably not a good fit because I was so social. Bang! There went my drive to become a nuclear physicist.

          Kindness is the language the blind can see and the deaf can hear. Mark Twain

          by 4Freedom on Wed May 01, 2013 at 08:29:15 AM PDT

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