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How do you think?
NT/Words 0%  0%  [ 0 ]
NT/Images 1%  1%  [ 2 ]
NT/Concepts 1%  1%  [ 2 ]
NT/Other 1%  1%  [ 1 ]
ASD/Words 21%  21%  [ 36 ]
ASD/Images 29%  29%  [ 50 ]
ASD/Concepts 36%  36%  [ 63 ]
ASD/Other 7%  7%  [ 12 ]
Other/(Specify) 5%  5%  [ 8 ]
Total votes : 174

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01 Jan 2012, 6:09 am

Words: Thinking in words/thinking TO oneself
Images: Thinking in images
Concepts: Thinking in, "concepts."
Other: Anything else, e.g. numbers, non-word sounds, et cetera

Concepts: This is hard to explain verbally, but basically, it involves thinking of something abstract [How does one explain this in words?] and following that with something with some kind of, "connection," which pulls the, "frame of thought," toward the next concept. Eventually, the thoughts become words and are stated (in conversation, in writing, in other communication) or become images or other things. From a detached perspective, it seems to be something about my brain that remained relatively unchanged before and after learning language, and the concepts are very abstract and difficult to name. They, "translate," fairly well into sensations (especially visual and tactile) but not words and provide few means of naming emotions.

[You're welcome to explain your process by posting.]



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01 Jan 2012, 6:59 am

I think in a mixture of the three, and I have asd, Asperger's to be exact.

At times it is mostly image, at times words, and at times concepts.



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01 Jan 2012, 5:07 pm

jamieevren1210 wrote:
I think in a mixture of the three, and I have asd, Asperger's to be exact.

At times it is mostly image, at times words, and at times concepts.

They're about to combine the related spectrum conditions into ASD. I think it will help with the excessive cases of Münchausen's (which you'll recognize as Internet Asperger's as an excuse for having nothing more than Troll Disorder) and the mental ability bias, but it will be difficult for the community because of the loss of the distinctions made. It will require more effort on the part of the more socially adept members because all on the spectrum will be nothing more than autistic, which still seems to carry the negative stereotype of non-verbal or emotionally disturbed. However, I was mildly surprised to see that a lot of people on the spectrum share the concept-thought.

[As a distinction to further voters, it would be better if the dominant method of thought is selected. Most thoughts can be converted to other forms, but this poll requests the method generally used over a fairly long period.]



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15 Jan 2012, 4:09 pm

I tend to think in pictures.


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16 Jan 2012, 5:42 am

I think in words. I'm NOT a visual person at all & it may be related to me being born with an extremely rare genetic low vision disorder but my brain seems to have a problem processing stuff I do see visually too. I'm a very concrete thinker & s#ck with abstract stuff but some stuff I've read says it's an Aspie thing thou some here are quite good with that


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17 Jan 2012, 1:21 am

kevinjh wrote:
Concepts: This is hard to explain verbally, but basically, it involves thinking of something abstract [How does one explain this in words?] and following that with something with some kind of, "connection," which pulls the, "frame of thought," toward the next concept. Eventually, the thoughts become words and are stated (in conversation, in writing, in other communication) or become images or other things. From a detached perspective, it seems to be something about my brain that remained relatively unchanged before and after learning language, and the concepts are very abstract and difficult to name. They, "translate," fairly well into sensations (especially visual and tactile) but not words and provide few means of naming emotions.


I'd describe it as comparing the object in my thoughts to a scenario that could possibly happen in my life. Almost like a comparison, actually... I'm not sure how else to describe it.

I voted for concepts.


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17 Jan 2012, 4:08 am

Fascinating.. To think that I thought I thought in a unique way that turned out to be common among fellow autistics.

I wish the neurologically typical would also join in the voting.


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19 Jan 2012, 12:56 pm

I think too much for me to really pin it down as one. I sometimes think in concepts, sometimes I think in pictures or maybe a mixture of the two and I very rarely think in words. The only time I can think of thinking in words is when I'm typing things.



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20 Jan 2012, 5:28 pm

I do think in all three ways, but thinking in images is what I do most.



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09 Feb 2012, 10:49 am

I think in all three... And of course every time I need to explain anything important I think in concepts which is very hard to explain so the recipient understands it... The story of my life... xD But when I'm alone I think in words and/or pictures...


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30 Mar 2012, 3:22 pm

Concepts


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02 Apr 2012, 8:01 pm

My thoughts are mostly imagery and formless spatial-schematics, with a smattering of sensory-perceptual "other"...


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01 May 2012, 1:24 am

A combination of everything.


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01 May 2012, 4:00 pm

It's a mix of all three for AS.



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01 May 2012, 5:52 pm

Words and concepts for me. I can't think in pictures at all. Even most of my memories are words/feelings rather than pictures.


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