How do you think?
Apparently I'm quite strange in the way I think – I never thought it was until I mentioned it in a Revelation rehearsal and after it, getting asked lots of questions by the pyschologists in the room, so…
…does anyone see subtitles when people talk? (I can't really say whether the subtitles are a particular colour but they do include punctuation and sometimes have pictures above the words.)
In most of my life it comes in useful. For example, I tend to remember what people say word-for-word and freak people like Jill out when I remember conversations or blog entries from over a year ago, and usually the subtitles rubberstamp over the surroundings of the conversation.
However, and this is where it falls down:
- I find it really hard to understand play-on-word jokes and to understand foreign languages as my head automatically spells words as I hear them in English.
- It's also hard to understand maths lectures when lecturers talk about symbols by spoken words, divide, psi, alpha etc. as I have to 'translate' them in my head to the specific letters.
- I can't follow lecturers who ramble with never-ending sentences as my subtitles buffer until a full stop is 'heard'.
- I can't make sense of song lyrics unless they are written down
And yes, I do have to watch TV (esp. West Wing) with subtitles, and if I'm reading and someone else is talking, either one gets ignored or subtitles overlay!
So, does anyone think like me, or am I just an oddity?