Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Attention to Detail

At my job I have the 'unofficial proof-reader/editor' title b/c I have a really superb talent of noticing fine details and/or errors in print or art (e.g. spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, etc). I never went to school for that sort of thing and have never taken special classes. It is one of those hidden talents I suppose I have always had and have just had a great opportunity to develop it at work. Sometimes, my ability to notice simple details is uncanny.

However, I don't believe my 'keen attention to detail' skill has happened by accident. I believe many of us who struggle w/ SSA all have those special abilities but perhaps just haven't noticed it. We (SSA guys) use it everyday in the form of 'gaydar', our special sixth sense. Some of us have better gaydar than others, or are more tuned into our sixth sense. And this gaydar spills over into other areas in our lives; hence, the ability I have to notice things or details that others might not.

Here's an interesting article I came across that supports this belief:

May 27, 2010
Mail Online

Gaydar really exists: Scientists prove gay people are more able to pick out fellow homosexuals.

Gay people really do have an inbuilt radar that helps them seek out like-minded souls, scientists have shown. This sixth sense, or 'gaydar', ensures they pay more attention to detail, allowing them to pluck potential partners out of a crowd.

The Dutch researchers looked at whether straight and gay people focus their attention differently when faced with a problem.

A total of 42 men and women were shown pictures of outlines of large squares and rectangles, each of which was packed with smaller shapes. Our brains are wired to take in the bigger picture, meaning that if we are shown a square filled with rectangles and asked what is inside, we can easily be fooled into saying 'squares'.

When the men and women were asked similar questions, the heterosexuals replied more quickly but were less accurate, the journal Frontiers in Cognition reports.

The homosexuals took longer but got more answers right, particularly when asked about the smaller shapes, suggesting they were able to see the small details as well as the bigger picture. Or they were able to see the trees as well as the wood.

In everyday life, this attention to detail could help them work out people's sexuality.

Researcher Dr Lorenza Colzato, of Leiden University in the Netherlands, said: 'This is the first time that scientific proof has been found for the existence of a gaydar mechanism amongst homosexuals. This perceptual skill allows homosexuals to recognise other gay people faster and we think it's because they are much more analytic than heterosexuals.'

Adopting such a perceptual style presumably increases the likelihood of detecting perceptual clues indicative of homosexual orientation, which facilitates finding like-minded social peers and potential friends and sex mates.

Most definitely food for thought, wouldn't you say?

Anyhow, even though this SSA/lust problem of mine has led to many, many problems, consequences, and addictions in my life, on the flip side it has also blessed my life in numerous ways.

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