Another excerpt from “Attention Surplus” (which is “100 meditative propositions that reframe the concept of ADD from a strength- and empowerment-based perspective”):

[continued from Part 1]

27.  Congratulations to you if you have an unfocused mind!

28.  I repeat: your “attention deficit” is an attention surplus.

29.  Indeed, by not getting stuck on one thing, you manage to track many things.

30.  A distractible mind is an agile mind.

31.  A mind that cannot be distracted is a non-reactive mind.  That’s an evolutionary minus.

32.  A mind that is easily distracted is a reactive mind. That’s an evolutionary plus.

33.  Recognize: mind is hopelessly one-track: mind is zero-sum: mind is “either/or.”

34.  Recognize: distractibility is mind’s attempt to keep track of more than one thing at a time.

35.  Recognize: distractibility is an openness to stimuli, an openness to context.

36.  That’s why I keep saying: “attention deficit” is actually “attention surplus.”

 

“Attention Surplus: Rethinking ADD” (P.  Somov, 2012)

 


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    Last reviewed: 14 May 2012

APA Reference
Somov, P. (2012). Congrats on Your Unfocused Mind (Part 2). Psych Central. Retrieved on November 28, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindful-living/2012/05/congrats-on-your-unfocused-mind-part-2/

 

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