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February 04, 2008

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Dianne

Haha-this is both hilarious and consoling. I was just trying to describe my condition to a friend (I am now in venice and lost like a mofo trying to find east-west, north-south; where the Grand Canal runs through,what's on either side of it, etc, etc. "Get a compass" was my traveling companion's advice. He has no idea how much this doesn't really help. Last year in London, I spent an entire night trying to get myself oriented with maps and in my head (even going into deep relaxtion)to get over my total 180 degree turn-around every time I went anywhere. I was amazed at how much physical anxiety "trying to get on top of the problem" brought up--actual sensation of nausea. I've been in many cities, with maps, where I would swear the map was printed erroneously with the directions opposite(south going north, etc) So, now off to google more and see if someone has a solution.

thomas

thanks! so i have "directional dyslexia" .. yay! at last .. a name.. im 25. hmm im wondering does this have to do with twisting/screwing leftwards instead of rightwards? like sometimes i turn the tap the wrong direction..

knwd

I'm not alone!!!

I have very good spatial skills in general, but a horrible sense of direction, and I've always had trouble with left & right and east & west. (I'm much better with north & south, for some reason.)

Elizabeth

Completely on target! I moved to a suburb of London 4 years ago and my husband is a native of this town. When we walk the mile from our house to his parent's house I regularly get lost, especially if we take any route other than the one single path that I have memorised. I am usually pretty good at faking it except if the turning is on my side of the road and I forget to slow down...then he starts turning and I don't, resulting in a small collision. I often blame it on being deep in conversation, rather than having no clue where on earth I am.

Jon Brazelton

Christ, all the monuments, all the buildings, and you were lost? I've been in D.C. four or five times in my life and never felt lost. What a moron.

commenter

note than DC is on a grid with lettered and numbered streets, and quadrants

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