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Posted by Robert Garfinkle on September 19, 2001 04:46:18 UTC

Life. Anything in life falls across many varying degrees of differences. I mean everything. Humans, trees, animals, snowflakes, etc.

We cannot escape it, so why not accept it. Yeah, there are those radical people out there, or there is the occasional whopper of a hurricane, and then there are the subtle things. They don't seem to affect us too much. And this includes chemical reactions in the brain. The thinking pattern, whether conditioned or not, just happens; with varying degrees of differences. I can see why a Dr. or scientist wishes to investigate the chemical activity in the brain of let's say "Jeffery Dahmer", or "Timothy McVeigh".

Patterns and systems. Is that what we are touching on? Repeated patterns, sometimes acting like broken records. You know, "Circular thought", or is that just obsession? Deep seeded!

Some people's coping systems are, in our eyes, messed up. Anywhere from crossdressing to murder or both. Then again, someone might not act that way, and have enough sense to seek help.

A small story (but true). This might travel off the beaten path of the main topic. Let's try and view this from a whole picture perspective. Let's try.

My friend's sister was classified with a learning disability. She could not concentrate, for the life of her, when it came to reading, she could not comprehend what she was reading. Now, I when I was younger was not classified with a disability, but was sent to special education classes. I got bad grades. Nothing higher than a 'C'. I did have a self confidence problem when I was younger, and attribute that to a majority of my problems in school, but none the less, I was teased for being in such a program, and that did not help either. Eventually, I turned that around. I think it was more of a gaining of self interest. Self worth, and self love. I'm gettin' there. Sorry to get so personal, and so far away from my story, but I thought that I would throw that in there.

Anyway, This girl was tutored, she was put in special classes, she also did not feel good about herself. Especially when she went to those special classes, away from her friends. It hurt her. Could you imagine what it feels like to be told that you have a problem. What goes on chemically there? Emotionally?

So for the most part, I kind of viewed it as a catch 22 situation. She had a very difficult time handling herself socially, educationally, and now professionally.

But I tried something with her one day. Yes, that's all it took was one day. Here she is being told that she has a learning disability. She feels bad about that, and she does not seem to be getting anywhere fast. Remember, she cannot concentrate on reading, and her comprehension of what little she can consume, is difficult at best to retain.

Well, she has a pet bird. It's a nice bird, it does not bite, though it gets loud when you leave the room. She loves that bird. She talks to it, she feeds it. She even takes it out and lets it hop around on her bed, and so on.

She had to buy a book/manual on how to take care of the bird, properly feed it, put it to sleep, and learn what the signs are when the bird might be sick etc...

Do you know that she knows that book backwards and forwards. She can tell you verbatim what the book says on everything about that type of bird. She can even correct the person at the pet store when misinformation has been given to her.

What gives? She was classified as having a learning disability, and yet she learned all about that type of bird from the book(s) she has read.

So, I do not believe that she has a learning disability, or the learning disability that her school and social worker has classified her with.

So, how can we apply this to social bahavior and chemical reactions in the brain? You tell me. Maybe nothing.

But I'm sure it applies some how.

Have I opened up a can of worms here?

If I have, all pun intended, maybe the bird can eat them.



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