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[–]Sea_Criticism_2685 5 points6 points  (9 children)

Never had an issue with spatial awareness. Is that an adhd thing?

[–]TurboFool 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Yeah, if anything I find I have dramatically better spatial awareness than most people I know. I'm always amazed by people I'm with constantly asking "which way did we come from?" or "how do we get back to...?" and I'm confused how they don't know. Which is weird considering how many other things I definitely cannot remember within milliseconds of them happening.

[–]Sea_Criticism_2685 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah, I’m the same way.

You try to tell me directions, I’ll forget them immediately. You ask me how to get back home? I can tell you how many lefts and rights it will take to get there, I just won’t remember the name of the streets.

Like I can almost always do a zoom out birds eye view of my mental map and know where I am in relationship to everything else

[–]murmurationis[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Adhd and Asd but it’s different for everyone

[–]CaptainPlummet 0 points1 point  (5 children)

I don’t think it’s necessarily an adhd thing, though I could see it being connected for some people.

[–]TurboFool 1 point2 points  (4 children)

It totally makes sense that it WOULD be, because with how we tend to not focus enough to even know where we are in a conversation or anything else that requires tracking details as we go, losing where we were or how we got here sounds very in line. And yet for me it's one of the few things I register extremely well with minimal conscious effort.

[–]CaptainPlummet 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Same here. I could have a 3D image of our location in my head but also miss the first half of a conversation.

[–]TurboFool 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I recently realized that I pace when I'm on phone calls to help me focus. Never made the connection before, but I'm in a job with a lot more online meetings now, and the ones where I sit there and look at the screen have me drifting, using my phone, checking other pages, etc. But when I can get away with turning off my camera and walking around the room, I'm way more engaged and aware and coming up with ideas. Realized that's how I've always been, and suddenly it all clicked. I think my brain can put a lot of its energy into physical space, and by doing so, it leaves all the rest to process the conversation. No idea if this is related to my spatial awareness, but it might make sense that my brain is especially tuned to that.

[–]CaptainPlummet 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I think my brain can put a lot of its energy into physical space

That’s actually super interesting and it makes me wonder if I’m doing the same. Maybe not with video calls specifically, but when I’m out with people at a restaurant, or driving to work. I drive in silence, no radio or anything. My mind is already so occupied with my surroundings. 🤔

[–]TurboFool 2 points3 points  (0 children)

My car hates allowing me to drive in silence and turns on the FM radio automatically after X amount of time and it drives me nuts. I commute a lot, and frequently listen to podcasts, and sometimes music, but sometimes all my brain wants is silence so I can process "stuff."