My brain on dyslexia


When I was little, I spent many happy hours inside my head.

I was the storyteller in my family of five, my daily exploits (real and imagined) dramatically told with hands moving in every direction.

But here’s what my family didn’t get to see: the technicolour movie running on constant loop in my brain. Every detail–every green tree, yellow sun, black cloud, blue jeans, pink lips, lover’s face, dog bark, angry word, babies cry, father’s shoes, grade 1 classroom, the girl who got bullied, the boy in the wheelchair–were alive and well inside my childhood head.

It was, and is, pretty busy in there. Part of the reason I write and blog is to get these things out of my head…it’s a way to control all the thoughts and images running around.

I often joke that I never needed to do drugs because I have a brain that takes me places without any help. (Unless you count coffee as a drug. Because that’s my only addiction.)

It’s like having a party in my head. I never get bored and I’ve always got somewhere to go when I’m feeling down or lonely.

The trade off, I guess, is that I had trouble learning to read. I am a good reader now (not perfect! but good), though I find it stressful and tiring.

Would I take a pill that “cured” my dyslexia?

No. Not in a million years.

My brain is the gift that keeps on giving. Today, I will feed it chocolate and coffee to say “thank you!”

What do you love about your neurodivergent brain?


“3D thinkers in a 2D world” a performance lecture by artist Benedict Phillips created for 2009 International Symposium on Electronic Art in Belfast. Developed in response to his 14 years of research within dyslexia, it aims to expose the inner workings of what he describes as the dyslexic ‘3D thinking’ experience. It also presents some of the unusual advantages available to those who think in a “dyslexic” way.

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