When does your mind rebel?

Stephen Baker

I've been thinking a lot recently about why I was a near failure in math. A lot of it has to do with my inability in my teenage years to quash a mutiny in my head. Whenever I saw a page with formulas on in, I would immediately be overcome with impatience and frustration. Instead of thinking, "How do I do this?" I would think: "Why do I have to do this, I hate doing this, this is hard..." Then I would turn the page. I face the same paralyzing thought process when dealing with Ikea assembly instructions. Even surfing to this very interesting site of tying shoes, (ex Joho), I'm daunted by the challenge of bending my mind to enter this spacial world. (So instead of taking time to study the shoelace diagrams, I blog about it. Diagrams=hard, words=easy)

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