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Memory. There are different kinds of memory: visual memory, memory for facts, memory for experiences, memory for feelings, memory for music, short-term memory, long-term memory, etc.. Memory is probably related to what a person is interested in, how interested he is in it, etc. (i.e. a person remembers what he is interested in, what attracts his attention, what he specifically notes). Reasoning Ability. Reasoning ability is a skill that probably improves with effort and mental discipline. It is something that is easily clouded and impeded by emotional slants and tendencies of the mind. Some people don't think --- they feel. Life is a panorama of feelings and sensations for them. They are very susceptible to impressions, atmosphere, etc.. These tendencies tend to impede and obstruct Reason. In general Reasoning Ability is very dependent on Personality Type, Experience and Knowledge. Also it can be very severely impeded by Fear, as in the confusion of Panic (Panic arising from time tests, someone watching over your shoulder, etc.). Being observant of physical surroundings. The minds of some people are naturally directed towards what is going on around them (the physical vicinity around them). They hear every sound and see everything that happens. Other people are almost totally oblivious to what is going on around them. Their mind is directed inward on abstract ideas, hopes, plans, dreams, etc.. The person whose mind is directed outward on his physical surroundings tends to be very observant and is generally an active, alert type of person. The person whose mind is directed inward tends to be a Thinker, Philosopher, or Dreamer. These represent two opposing mental tendencies. I suspect that the difference between them is simply one of mental habit. By habit, one person's mind works in the one way and another person's mind works in the other way. It is probably also very much a matter of where one's interest lies, what one finds interesting, what one enjoys. Some people are very fond of reflecting, pondering or dreaming; other people get more pleasure from observing what is going on around them. Ease in learning. Some people learn very easily and rapidly. They pick things up very quickly and with little effort. I think this trait is very much related to Personality and a person's general outlook on life. I think it is a direct consequence of certain personality traits. What traits? Self-confidence. Credulousness (i.e. tendency to accept and believe without question). A balanced outlook on life. Absence of inner fear and anger. Belief in people. A trusting disposition. A habit of looking at things as a whole and not being interested in details. A natural inclination to hurry. All these things I think. There is an opposing type of mind. What is it? It is the skeptical, cautious, careful, analytical type of mind. This type of mind questions everything, examines everything closely, trusts nothing, and plods along at its own slow pace. It has a certain stubbornness and perverseness associated with it that makes it balk at skimming over things too rapidly and easily. It accepts things slowly and passes judgment slowly. It won't be hurried. This type of mind probably arises out of several things: the trait of conscientiousness, carefulness, and scrupulousness in a personality; out of a natural inclination to go slowly (disinclination to hurry); and also other things such as an untrusting disposition, a tinge of stubbornness and rebellion, etc.. Oct 1977 More from SolitaryRoad.com:
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