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Spatial Reasoning and Headspace
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Spatial Reasoning and Headspace
Hello everyone. So, I'm not 100% certain on whether I'm part of a system or not (granted, I'm not 100% certain on anything...), but I hope no one minds if I ask some questions. Or, in the case of this thread, a question on one particular subject/idea that's crossed my mind.

I suck at spatial reasoning. I'm absolutely atrocious with it. If you start asking me to think of shapes and remember certain sides and answer questions, chances are I'll get lost somewhere amidst trying to remember how many sides a cube has and keeping them in a cube-like state. I don't solve 3D puzzles in my head, I can't recreate/remember multi-dimensional items in "my mind's eye", and unless I'm so familiar with it that it's committed to my personal muscle memory, don't expect me to be able to navigate anywhere or give directions.

Now, if I am part of a system, it's something that I've effectively locked myself out of. Until something drastic happens, I don't have access to any part of my headspace/innerworld/whichever term you prefer. Part of me wonders if these two things are related. If, by chance I managed to get access to our innerworld, I'd be able to use that space to help me solve spatial reasoning problems. The way I feel blocked from entering our headspace is very reminiscent to the blocking feeling I get when I try to envision three dimensional objects or places.

So I suppose, as well as just sharing the above for mutual pondering, my questions here are: Do you think spatial reasoning functions and creating/housing an innerworld could somehow be connected? Do you think having access to or being cut off from your headspace would affect your ability to solve such problems in any way? And, if you don't use your headspace to help with such problems, how do you handle them? The last question is mostly there for curiosity's sake. I know that some people solve things differently; I'm apparently of the sort that feels the need to visualize something to make sense of it.
2014-05-04 20:30
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I suck at those types of problems and I can't truly enter our headspace. I know of what's going on and I can kind of feel something going on sometimes interaction, but for the most part I'm locked up front. It doesn't seem to be uncommon, though. I know several systems where a member is "locked out" of their headspace. Anyway, I don't think it has anything to do with my ability, or lack of ability, to deal with spatial reasoning. I like to visualize to solve problems at times, but I generally fail at that just because I lose track of everything very easily.

Maps are something I'm kind of bad at, too. Where I live I've been thinking I was on the south/south-east side of town and I still visually picture being on that side even though I'm on the west side so I can't give directions effectively.

I hope that made sense. :3

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2014-05-04 22:52
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That makes perfect sense; thanks for replying. Hyper cat

I mostly find it interesting to muse about whether, on a neurological/cognitive level, the same brain activity is used for spatial reasoning as is used for creating/maintaining headspace and how the act of someone (consciously or not) "locking" themselves out of that area might affect certain cognitive abilities. But I like to muse about strange things. XP
2014-05-04 23:32
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We had actually never heard of the term “spatial reasoning” before (or had not heard it in a long time) so had to look it up what it means to be fully sure what was being talked about.

We’re actually pretty good at 3D puzzles and we are very good at visualizing and imagining things either in our minds or around our body. We use visualization constantly for various things. Interestingly compared to both yours and Arawn’s response we’re very aware of our innerworld and such. So maybe there is indeed a connection between the innerworld and visualization. We’ve never used our innerworld to solve such puzzles though as our innerworld is rather static in its shape, laws, and such. So we're not sure about the exact connections. Interesting thoughts though.

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2014-05-05 3:14
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Just looking up what exactly 'spatial reasoning' is sent my mind into fuzzy confusion.

Example:
1. A is on the right of B
2. C is on the left of B
3. D is in front of C
4. E is in front of B.
What is the relationship between D and E?

My thoughts immediately go to 'who the hell cares and why is this important/relevant?'. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

Lindiel Wrote:And, if you don't use your headspace to help with such problems, how do you handle them? The last question is mostly there for curiosity's sake. I know that some people solve things differently; I'm apparently of the sort that feels the need to visualize something to make sense of it.

Trying to explain how I process information compared to most people is hard. Whereas it seems like everyone around me rationalizes and thinks things through to death in their mind, usually while doing or thinking of various other things at the same time, I don't and can't. I seem to only be able to focus on one thing at a time, usually what I'm physically doing. Math problems, in-depth cognitive discussions, spacial relations it seems, are what I'd consider heavy and higher brain functioning things that do not come easily to me if they even make sense at all. I start to read about those sorts of things and my mind tends to go blank and I simply don't understand.

I don't know if that helps or not, but you had asked about how other people experience headspace. I don't because I don't seem to have an internal headspace, which seems rare in my experiences, even as non-multiple people goes.

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2014-05-05 16:50
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