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idamarie craig

Hello
I can't begin to tell you what your words have meant to me. I am 59 years old and I always thought I was abnormal. Why couldn't I remember how to get to places that I've been to a million times. Why can't I remember where I parked my car?I thought I was crazy. But somehow deep inside I knew there was a reason. All my derams are about getting lost all of them. Thank You for putting a real name to my malady. Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone. Email me [lease ida

Dell Walston

Interesting! I am 72 years old and terrified of driving in the city, not because of the traffic but because of the fear of getting lost. I too can enter a building and not remember which door to exit or where I parked the vehicle.

Valorie Peterson

Wow! Finally a name for it! Now, my theory is this. When we are "upstairs" getting our parts, while standing in line to get my love of chocolate, they called to move to the Directional line, but I decided to stay in the chocolate line to get more love of chocolate and comletely skipped the directional line. Hence, I believe all of us perpetually lost souls are chocolaholics - see if that is the link to being perpetually lost. I also can't understand why people on the South pole don't fall off. I have "solved" my lost problem by just thinking that North is wherever I face, otherwise, my head hurts just thinking about directions. And, try to turn a map around to make it go in the right direction! Impossible. Mapquest is a godsend, not the map part, but the written instructions. I have learned, though, to print 2 sets of directions, one for getting there, and then a second set for getting back because it is hard to reverse directions. I staple the 2 sets of directions together and keep them in my glovebox. And to think I have a Masters and Law Degree and can't find my way out of my own subdivision sometimes! Now I know why!

annamanila

The adjective is actually "ligawin" (not ligawan, which is the term for courting (a noun).

Was I the reader you alluded to?

Sorry it took me time to correct this. It was only now I thought of Dr. Metablogagain, having just written a blog piece on my royal dysgeographical, for which I liberally used your blog as a resource.

You're blogs are superb. I should subscribe to them.

Pat Erskine

I am a 66 year old female living in Florida. Several years ago I asked a policeman for directions to a doctor's office and repeated exactly what he said, but immediately went out of the parking lot and turned the wrong way. He actually came after me, told me to follow him and took me to the doctor's office. Where was he when I had to get back home? It is a nightmare never knowing where I am, but I became very brave (along with my GPS) and recently drove 850 miles through 6 states to visit a sick friend. Even with the GPS, I made wrong turns but got back on the right highway.

Someone asked me what route I drove from Florida to Maryland - when I told them I didn't know, I just followed the GPS directions, they thought I was kidding.

If a support group is ever formed it would be nice to meet others who understand this is very real (that is if we can find the meeting place - lol).

Tricia Hoffman

Thank you for all the information about what I have called "directional dyslexia." I am 63 years old and relate to all the stories about the anxiety and coping skills for staying "on track" in life. I have no sense of direction and am one of those people who couldn't find my way out of a paper bag. I recently purchased a GPS and I always use the printed out Mapquest for my comings AND goings and keep maps in my car (thank goodness for AAA and their free maps!) And even if I've been someplace many times in the past, I ALWAYS carry printed out directions with me.
I was always a lost soul... literally. As a child I would get lost walking home from school. I never hike alone as I know I wouldn't find my way back to my car. I've gotten lost in buildings. I've lost my car. I've had trouble dancing as left and right have always been challenging. The only thing I can tell you about North, South, East and West is that from where I live, I know that Canada is North of me, Mexico is South, New York is East and the Pacific Ocean is West. So, if I'm somewhere where I'm unfamiliar with streets, forget it! Someone once told me that the sun is towards the south, rises in the east and sets in the west (this was supposed to help me orient myself). However, to me, the sun is just UP! A friend told me that I have the worst sense of direction of anyone she's ever met in her life. I do think of this as a condition that's hereditary as my father had the same affliction.
Glad to know that I'm not alone. Wishing you all happy wanderings. We should be the wondering wanderers as we're always wondering where the heck we're wandering!
Tricia Hoffman

Iris Kay

I feel as though I've finally met "my People"

Finally, someone understands the frustrations of being chronically lost and knows that this sad state is not caused through being too lazy to pay attention!

HaHa...I marvel at people who can anchor themselves through the positioning of the sun. My mother-in-law once gave me a compass to guide me through life...if only it were that simple!

Thanks for all of your posts.

Bill Doyle

Hi
I am 62 and have been lost for ever. I frequently get lost going to the same destination every day. once got lost in Tokyo Railway station when I stupidly put my case in a locker while I went shopping. 10 hour later and a missing plane connection was the result. My wife tells me that when I die and go heaven i am not going to find it and will be a lost soul for ever. Nice to know that my afflication is with others

ELEANOR NELSON

I am 57 years old and went t a secondary school that was a pure rectange. I had to follow people from class to class. I had to sit in on English and look around to find out who was in my next class and follow them, literally. I had my best friend take me to classes right up until I was 15! I loose my car all the time. To the lady that thinks that no sense of movement or dance has something to do with this, I am afraid she is quite wrong. In fact, I always have excelled at dance for some reason and also my hearing is too sensitive as well. Weird!
Great to know there are others and thank God for GPS!

Julie

I agree with the above comment and I also feel like I have found my people. I am always lost when i go to new places and even places that I have been to several times. I was lost yesterday coming home from new jersey and I cried because I couldn't understand why I get lost so easily and why other's don't. I feel like I need a support system for this problem because I thought I was going to have a break down because of the stress of being lost and feeling like an idiot. please help.

Dottie Doe

I thought directional dyslexia was a secret word I had made up for my lonely, confusing, embarrasing condition. I googled it never expecting to find out it is a real condition! I have had this all my life and it is so embarrasing to get lost in a mall! I can only go in stores where the exit and entrance doors are in one place. I can only drive places if someone drives me there the first few times! I am 60 now. The GPS has been a Godsend! Wish I could overcome my fears of getting lost! Once I got called for Jury Duty and almost had a heart attack! How would I find the place! OMG! Luckily they did not call me at the last moment! Is there help for this? I also need a support system!

Anne

Too funny, apparently I'm in good company...if only we could find each other. I still have nightmares about finding my way through my (small) primary school. Sadly, you all know I'm telling the truth.

Keith Miller

I too have always had this problem...but mine has a cruel twist....if I try very hard to work out if I should go left or right I usually end up going the exact wrong way and this works nearly every time.
My earliest memories of this condition was in my courting days and I had to follow the relevant bus on my motorbike to ensure I got to the right place. 2 of my sons have also got this condition and we all have problems putting up pictures straight and especially shelves.

maxine

We all have horror stories of getting lost. I just wish I didn't have such a wonderlust. I am 67 and love to travel to 3rd world countries and am alone a lot of the time. I am always always lost and when you can't speak the language it's very hard. This condition makes you feel very very stupid because no one really understands the panic you feel unless you have it.

Wyn Kelly

I have this condition, yet my dad was a navigator/pilot in the navy and NEVER got lost. No one else in the family has this condition, just me. I am like the family joke. ...but, I am also the most lovable one, and the happiest one in the family. weird!

Sirisha

I have found my people! I can never remember roads ever by directions, my coping mechanism is I remember them by the most prominent or striking buildings/stores/hoardings etc and find my way around :( I am a family joke and am constantly poked fun at! I got so depressed I was actually looking online for tools to develop my spatial skills and stumbled on this website...so does this mean there is no hope for people like us?? I am 28 :( I am willing to do anything within my means to improve this condition!

Bryony's Space

I wrote much of my blog post on wanderlust and my dysgeographica! Include a humiliating story of one particular time I got lost (I feel much better for sharing it). I'm so glad I am not alone in this! http://bryonysspace.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/wanderlust/

Quinoa

I am one of them too. I am 43 and I have been like this since I can remember. Funny, that my daughter's friend took her 30 minutes to get to our house that normally takes about a 5 minute walk. I knew then, that I was not alone and today I decided to search for this problem and found this Website.

Brenda Van Scoy

What a relief!! I'm not the only stranger in a strange land. I'm 72 and have been chronically lost for as long as I can remember; I've been lost in parking lots, hospitals, doctors' offices, parks, my neighborhood, stores, schools...Mapquest has been wonderful, but until I found this website I thought I was definitely the ONLY PERSON IN THE WORLD who had to print both the going and returning directions. It truly is a relief to know I'm not alone.

Candace Manger

My husband laughed when I had to align the map with the direction we were going. I always felt it was hard being me. I don't know why I get so confused and can't remember which door to exit in the mall or where my car is parked. Now I use points of reference. I always park my car in about the same place so that it in line with a fast food restaurant and when I go in the door of the department store I remember that I am going in by scarves and purses. When I bought a new car, my son asked"does it do good U turns?". Everytime I took him to a soccer game, I would have trouble finding the park, thus the U-turn. I have a master's degree in education. I am now retired but still substituting, it is a nightmare trying to find things in an unfamiliar school. If I stop at the office to ask where the playground is, they usually hand me a school map, which confuses me even more. Yesterday, I couldn't figure out the seating chart in a third grade classroom until a student explained it to me. Good to know others are plagued by this very problem.

Helen

Although I am sorry to hear of other people's suffering and embarrassment, I am also relieved to have found a lot of other people who are just like me! I will hold on before going to the ladies in a strange pub/restaurant just to be able to follow another member of the group there and back! My 3-year-old goddaughter has exceptionally good spatial awareness for her age (her Dad's an engineer!) and, if I take her to the toilet, I follow her back to our table lol. Does every one else have other spatial awareness problems, e.g, inability to judge speed/distance, so making driving a nightmare??!!

Suzanne Clark

As the only one in my family who is directionally challenged, I have been the butt of many jokes. On my first date, I could not find my way home to the house I had lived in for over a decade. I've spent most of my 60 years in the same town, but I don't know my way around. I can sometimes get from my home to a specific location. But if I go from my son's home, all bets are off. I'll need directions. The directions can't have the words east, west, north or south as they are meaningless to me. "Going from X St towards the mall, turn right at the mall, turn right at the next light, look on the left for a big green sign" suits me better. Parking lots and buildings are also a challenge. Oddly, when I have lived in other cities, including a much larger metropolis, I was able to navigate much more easily. My theory is that in both cities I memorized the map.

Kay Utting

I am so happy to have discovered everyone!!
I especially like the comments re the sun just being "up" and the north being in front of me!!!

Kay Utting

I also can't understand how countries are on a map and where they are in relation to one another!

sandi

relieved to find that I am not lost....no pun intended...and alone in this.

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