The Divergent Brain

Lisa Bianco

If you ever felt different you whole life and always wondered why. It could be because you have a different brain than most people.

Having a neurodivergent brain is not only having ADHD. It also can show up as:

  • Seeing things at multiple levels – including own thinking.
  • Escaping in thought/action to survive overwhelming emotions.
  • Continually analyzing existence, meaning of life, everything.
  • Getting lost in own thoughts/checking-out/blank stare.
  • Escaping, daydreaming/fantasy in relationships.
  • Difficult to understand negative human characteristics.
  • Escaping onto other rooms at parties.
  • Experiencing confusion and overwhelm.
  • Being unable to relax or rest without having many thoughts.
  • Experienced feeling of being misplaced.
  • Guilt for hibernating and not doing what everyone else is doing.
  • Relief when you don’t have to do anything.
  • Feeling isolated.
  • Perceive visitors as threat/anxious
  • Dread events and appointments.
  • Obsessing about relationships.
  • Confuse communication rules, eys, tone of voice.
  • Exhausted by conversations.
  • Preparing for outings is overwhelming.
  • Question actions and behaviors of self and others.
  • Question next steps and movements.
  • Training for social interactions and study others.
  • Feeling being watched.
  • Practice how to act around others.
  • Compassion for suffering.
  • Difficulty filtering out background noise.
  • Question purpose and how to be a better person.
  • Inner dialogue about what to say.
  • Seeking to understand personal abilities skills and gifts and how to act in social situations
  • Trapped being self and wanting to fit in.
  • Want large amount of down and alone time.
  • Reject and question social norms.
  • Feeling guilty spending a lot of time on intrests.
  • Not understand jokes.
  • Adjusting to find comfort at bedtime.
  • Longing to be see, heard, and understood.
  • Questioning whether you are normal.
  • Adapting a view of life on the basis of others’ opinions a words.
  • Difficult time making and keeping friends.
  • Tendency to overshare.
  • Lack impulse control when speaking.
  • Monopolizing conversations and speak exclusively about themselves.
  • All or nothing mentality.
  • Overeating.
  • Trys to communicate correctly.
  • Trouble identifying feelings unless they are extreme.
  • Noticing patterns frequently.
  • Remembering things visually.
  • Highly intelligent.
  • Highly sensitive.
  • Too much.
  • Like routines.

This list comes from the book The Divergent Mind by Jenera Nerenberg. I highly recommend reading to better accept and love your divergent mind.

All because you have a different brain then most people doesn’t mean you are broken. You can have a wonderful successful life as YOU are today. Once you accept this is who you are, and this is how your brain operates you are able to navigate life differently. You will start feeling peace and less overwhelmed and start going after goals that bring you close to the life you are meant to be living.

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