Zoning out when engrossed with something

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29 Nov 2016, 6:29 am

I wonder whether this has happened to anyone else. When my wife was alive and well she would sometimes say I'd ignored her . The truth was I had genuinely not heard her. This invariably happened if I was really into something online. It was as though everything else got blotted out.

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29 Nov 2016, 9:10 am

I think that's pretty typical for most of us. And not only that, I'm often annoyed when someone finally breaks through. It's like everything I had built up in my mind shatters.

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29 Nov 2016, 10:29 am

I too fail to hear people talking to me when I'm engrossed in something, and I also easily get annoyed by being brought out of the pleasant reverie. I'd rather keep thinking about it, and it's not like I can just easily pick it right up again once I'm out.

Occasionally I also experience that someone talks to me when I'm engrossed and I don't register it until way later and then reply and the person tells me that was long ago now.

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29 Nov 2016, 10:33 am

I've had to be physically rocked before.

Lately I've even drifted of in class. Three times in this semester, in three 2 different classes, I tangeted off in my mind in mid sentence. Students then got my attention and had to ask me to finish my sentences. And it was always a spur from the topic at hand into research I am doing for 3D Printed Prosthesis.

So, yeah, I zone and the world is replaced completely by whatever is on my mind. A lot of times it happens at home during my looping sessions.

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