Edith Altman

The Gift of Confusion

Much of this information came from the researcher and author of “The Gift of Dyslexia” Ronald D. Davis.  As is the case with other dyslexics he was gifted with an unusual talent for creativity and imagination.


A large percentage of left-handed and cross dominant people are artists. That means that their right and left  orientation is goofy.  Some have “Cross Lateralization of the Brain” .  This means that the left side of the brain is doing what the right side normally is supposed to do, and the right is doing the work of the left side or  "Mixed Hemisphere Dominance".


All right handers usually have their speech control in the left hemisphere. Seventy percent of the left-handers have speech control in the right hemisphere. Half of the remaining 30% have speech control in the right hemisphere and the other has speech control divided between both hemispheres. Five to 12% of most cultures are left-handed, many of them are artists.  Early prehistoric humans were less predominantly right handed.


Analytical skills with words and numbers, speech and language are usually controlled by the left hemisphere.  The right brain likes to play with images and ideas bringing them together in new ways.  The right brain mode of processing is rapid, complex, whole patterned, spatial, perceptual, non-verbal.


Ronald Davis educator, says Dyslexia is a product of thought and a special way of reacting to the feeling of confusion.  In the dyslexic, the creative urge is profoundly stronger than in individuals who do not possess the dyslexic’s basic abilities.  Because of picture thinking (instead of language) intuitive thought, multi-dimensional thought, and curiosity, the dyslexic’s creativity is greatly enhanced.  Creativity allows us to conceive of things, which don't actually exist.  We think of creativity as invention or innovation only, but on a more basic level, creativity is the means by which real learning takes place.  The dyslexic’s learning style is actually a talent.


These are the basic abilities that the dyslexic’s share:

1- The primary ability is that they can utilize the brain’s ability to alter and create perceptions.

2- They are highly aware of the environment .

3- They are more curious than the average.

4- They think mainly in pictures instead of words.

5- They are highly intuitive and insightful.

6- They think and perceive multi-dimensionally.

7- They can experience thought as reality.

8- They have vivid imaginations.


Jim Dine, Chuck Close, Leonardo da Vinchi, Walt Disney, Whoopi Goldberg, Bruce Jenner, Hans Christian Anderson, William Lear, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein, Alexander  Graham Bell, Henry Ford, Nelson Rockefeller, Woodrow Wilson, Winston Churchill, and General George Patton all have this ability in common.


Individuals who experience dyslexia (many of whom are cross dominant and left handed) are highly intelligent.  The talents which create the vulnerability for confusing symbolic information are assets in other ways.  The individuals who "see" the dimensional attributes in our world understand intuitively how things work.  They have an innate ability for fixing things, electronics, constructions, visual arts and other related fields.  Tasks which require the ability to visualize something in a creative or different way are often simple for the individual with these talents.  This is most likely why so many inventors, scientists, athletes and creative individuals find they also have dyslexic symptoms of this unique learning style. Dyslexic’s have their own logical system.  They have problems with the logic of their cultural group.