Low Latent Inhibition

Low Latent Inhibition

Nov 11

I’ve just watched episode 9 of the new tv series called ‘Prison Break’. Near the end of this episode we find out that the main character suffers from a condition known as ‘Low latent Inhibition’. I wanted to see if such an interesting condition actually existed so I googled it and here is what I found:

Low Latent Inhibition Plus High Intelligence Leads To High Creativity?

Jordan Peterson of the University of Toronto and colleages at Harvard University have found that decreased latent inhibition of environmental stimuli appears to correlate with greater creativity among people with high IQ.

The study in the September issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology says the brains of creative people appear to be more open to incoming stimuli from the surrounding environment. Other people’s brains might shut out this same information through a process called “latent inhibition” – defined as an animal’s unconscious capacity to ignore stimuli that experience has shown are irrelevant to its needs. Through psychological testing, the researchers showed that creative individuals are much more likely to have low levels of latent inhibition.

“This means that creative individuals remain in contact with the extra information constantly streaming in from the environment,” says co-author and U of T psychology professor Jordan Peterson. “The normal person classifies an object, and then forgets about it, even though that object is much more complex and interesting than he or she thinks. The creative person, by contrast, is always open to new possibilities.”

Previously, scientists have associated failure to screen out stimuli with psychosis. However, Peterson and his co-researchers – lead author and psychology lecturer Shelley Carson of Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Harvard PhD candidate Daniel Higgins – hypothesized that it might also contribute to original thinking, especially when combined with high IQ. They administered tests of latent inhibition to Harvard undergraduates. Those classified as eminent creative achievers – participants under age 21 who reported unusually high scores in a single area of creative achievement – were seven times more likely to have low latent inhibition scores.

The authors hypothesize that latent inhibition may be positive when combined with high intelligence and good working memory – the capacity to think about many things at once – but negative otherwise. Peterson states: “If you are open to new information, new ideas, you better be able to intelligently and carefully edit and choose. If you have 50 ideas, only two or three are likely to be good. You have to be able to discriminate or you’ll get swamped.”

“Scientists have wondered for a long time why madness and creativity seem linked,” says Carson. “It appears likely that low levels of latent inhibition and exceptional flexibility in thought might predispose to mental illness under some conditions and to creative accomplishment under others.”

A less able mind has a greater need to be able to filter out and ignore stimuli. A less intelligent person with a low level of latent inhibition for filtering out familiar stimuli may well sink into mental illness as a result. But a smarter mind can handle the effects of taking note of a larger number of stimuli and even find interesting and useful patterns by continually processing a larger quantity of familiar information.

The central idea underlying our research program is therefore that individuals characterized by increased plasticity (extraversion and openness)retain higher post-exposure access to the range of complex possibilities laying dormant in so-called ‘‘familiar ’’environments.This heightened access is the subjective concomitant of decreased latent inhibition,which allows the plastic person increased incentive-reward-tagged appreciation for hidden or latent information (Peterson,1999). Such decreases in LI may have pathological consequences,as in the case of schizophrenia or its associated conditions (perhaps in individuals whose higher-order cognitive processes are also impaired,and who thus become involuntarily ‘flooded ’’by an excess of effectively tagged information),or may constitute a precondition for creative thinking (in individuals who have the cognitive resources to ‘‘edit ’’or otherwise constrain (Stokes,2001)their broader range of meaningful experience)

Note from the text of the full paper that stress causes the release of the hormone corticosterone which lowers latent inhibition. In a nutshell, when an organism runs into problems that cause stress the resulting release of stress hormones causes the mind to shift into a state where it will examine factors in the environment that it normally ignores. This allows the organism to look for solutions to the stress-causing problem that would be ignored in normal and less stressed circumstances.

So perhaps we could hypothesize something like this: under stressful conditions, or in personality configurations characterized by increased novelty-sensitivity, approach behavior, and DA activity, decreased LI is associated with increased permeability and flexibility of functional cognitive and perceptual category [see Barsalou (1983)for a discussion of such categories ]. Imagine a situation where current plans are not producing desired outcomes —a situation where current categories of perception and cognition are in error, from the pragmatic perspective. Something anomalous or novel emerges as a consequence (Peterson,1999), and drives exploratory behavior. Stress or trait-dependent decreased LI, under such circumstances, could produce increased signal (as well as noise), with regards to the erroneous pattern of behavior and the anomaly that it produced. This might o?er the organism, currently enmeshed in the consequences of mistaken presuppositions, the possibility of gathering new information, where nothing but categorical certainty once existed. Decreased LI might therefore be regarded as advantageous, in that it allows for the perception of more unlikely, radical and numerous options for reconsideration, but disadvantageous in that the stressed or approach-oriented person risks ‘‘drowning in possibility,’’ to use Kierkegaard ’s phrase.

One can easily see how this response could have been selected for evolutionarily. At the same time, one can also see how chronic stress could lead a person to fall into a state of confusion as a sustained large flood of stimuli could overwhelm the brain by giving it too much to think about and make a person unable to clearly see solutions that will relieve the feeling of stress.


  1. Jamie O

    Well I personally got so much out of that site you’re talking about and it helped me to be honest and realistic abouyt my own personal situation. When I saw Prison Break, I thought ‘Hey – that’s me!’ How cool!!! Then I read up a bit online and this convinced me even further, and I read this site and it was a bit messed up.

    Then I read the T’ai Chi Master site and my eyes were opened for the first time. I don’t have LLI and I don’t think many of the contributors here do either. In truth, we probably don’t have the first idea about LLI.

    Its hard to be honest with yourself, and to recognise the need to be different, to be special. Claiming to have some (what do we call it?) condition (???) is pretty lame if we don’t have it. What’s the point?

    The T’ai Chi Master is out-there! It hurt my brain to read his site, and its so big and most of its been there since the World Wide Web first came about.

    That man is not responding to Prison Break. But we are. And its maybe important to admit that we are getting on the bandwagon. The T’ai Chi Master isn’t asking for nothing from us. He doesn’t post here does he? We’re the needy ones, the ones wanting attention.

  2. Mitch

    I found that link, too. It appears to be the same page, but renamed. The old link doesn’t work.

  3. Emma

    I started reading this today and cannot believe that the last post was only in April of this year, when the first post was way back in 2006! I’m sorry if I’m about to ramble but please bear with me….

    I was led here by research for LLI…..and yes the research was prompted by Prison Break but I’ve never seen a full episode. Hubster was watching the last ever episode this afternoon and I was on here trying to work but finding it difficult to concentrate because of the noise of the telly, him tapping his leg, the little sod up the road whizzing past on his moped for the 100th time today.

    During my distraction I noticed that the lead actor ‘Scofield’, as I’ve since been told, was identified as having LLI a few seasons back. Now this shouldn’t have rang any alarms with me but what did it was the fact that he was about to shoot someone (who in terms of the programme, probably had it coming to them) yet he was talked out of it by one of his friends. I questioned why they did this and hubster told me it was because of a ‘condition’ (unnamed at this point). He said that he wouldn’t be able to ‘cope with the consequences of his actions – it would kill him’. This, as stupid as it sounds, made me intrigued to know more….so I looked it up and what do I find, but a load of personality traits which are pretty much compatible with my own.

    Where do I start!? Well I’ve suffered with OCD since I was a child, which has had varying levels throughout my teens and now in adult hood. It’s only since meeting and marrying my husband that I realise that I am NOT what you would call ‘normal’ – if you know what normal means? Maybe you’re like me and this is your normal.

    I never went to University. My parents didn’t believe a woman should go to Uni and discouraged it. I was told most of my childhood that I was ‘average’ so I believed it. I never stretched myself – was useless at Maths. Every time I was given Maths to do I would look at the page and my mind would go blank. All I would see in my mind was a mass of numbers. I would get so frustrated, cry and have a tantrum about it…generally looking like a twat to all around.

    I loved English and Drama and would thrive on it, enjoying reading and writing. I wanted so much to excel in Drama but my own hang-ups held me back. I was always terrified of things putting me off, forgetting lines. I never felt I was any good.

    As I went into my teens I continued to be emotional. I was known for crying at things, people laughed at me for it. I always wanted to help people and when I saw them in distress I would cry some more and feel their pain for them.

    This has carried on into adulthood. I cannot stand seeing people in pain or trauma – to the point where I sob my heart out. I feel distress for them and want to help as much as I can. My husband says I am not only the biggest cow he knows but also the most caring person he has ever and will ever meet and I know that is true. The biggest cow he knows is also true…

    I over analyse EVERYTHING – to the point where I’ve had an argument in my head with someone and have relived every possible scenario by the time I’ve even attempted to speak to that very person.

    I have this way about me where I feel I can sense how someone is feeling and once I’ve sensed it – I know for a fact that is their feeling…this can also lead to a type of paranoia I feel unable to control. Maybe this links to my OCD and boy, do I obsess about things. I once could get out of bed for the intense paranoia and fear I felt about a situation. When these are at their most intense, I feel I cannot cope. My mind can dart from thought to thought or it can go off into intense thought, similar to that when I used to smoke da weed…yes, I admit it but only a few occasions in my late teens.

    I am also a cow because of the way I sometimes react to things. I am SO impatient. I get angry if someone hasn’t caught onto something as quickly as me. I get irritated like hell at noises. The slightest tap, the boy up the road on his moped, children playing when I’m trying to give my 2 year old a nap. I hear music and that’s it, forget an earworm – it’s like the song is IN my head. It’s as loud and perfect as if I was listening to a CD….and then it doesn’t stop. I hear it when I’m trying to sleep or rest. I’ve stopped listening to music and now only listen to discussion radio.

    I have noticed, as an adult, my ability with logic has changed. I try to work things out constantly. I look at an object and sit there imagining the process to get there – what was involved etc. I’ve taken to doing Suduko and always start at the hardest puzzle I can find because I don’t feel the easy ones challenge me enough. I did an IQ test and it came back above average – which shocked me as I always thought I was ‘average’.

    In my day-to-day life now I am in a good job – in fairness I’ve got bloody fair without a degree. I struggle with public speaking. I stumble words due to the sheer volume running through my head at any one time. I can sense what my colleagues are thinking. If their mood is off, I usually think it’s something to do with me and I try to make sure they’re ok and to double-check it isn’t anything to do with me.

    My attention to detail in every day life is spot on. I rarely miss a spelling mistake or grammatical error. It’s something that has grown with me and almost like a form of my OCD. Another form of OCD is having my house perfect. I cannot bare stray pieces of cotton, hairs or dust when the sun shines on it. I can’t rest until it’s removed.

    I find confrontation very hard to deal with. Initially I’m fine but then I get angry and my words muddle up. I normally cry out of frustration and that leads to thoughts that I am weak. Then later I worry that I have hurt the person and want to rectify things. I worry constantly that I am the one in the wrong, even when I don’t think I am but I get muddled with the thoughts, replay again and again and make myself feel sick. This pattern is always the same and leads me to be a bit of a doormat. I know what I am so I avoid direct confrontation these days.

    I read online that people with LLI struggle to wear glasses. They are constantly ‘aware’. This has always been the case for me.

    As I type this, I am very aware of the girl next-door singing. I can hear her through the wall and it is irritating the hell out of me!

    That’s it from me. If you’ve stayed with me throughout my ramblings, well done. If you haven’t – sod ya! You haven’t a clue what I’ve just said.

    There are many more instances but I’m looking more and more like a maniac now so will go. Writing this has been help for me. It isn’t attention seeking – I don’t know you and you don’t know me. I haven’t told a soul what I think could be part of my make-up and I never will. If it’s true then so be it – at least I know now that what is inside my head isn’t quite so weird after all.

    Take care


  4. Emma

    PS I’ve noticed *fair should be ‘far’. That will bug me all night now.

  5. I think there might be a tiny possibility that i have it, because i always have trouble shutting things out, and because of that i have trouble sleeping. I also have trouble focusing on people when they talk to me and I notice things all the time.

  6. Timothy

    Club penguin – you don’t sound like you have LLI. You sound like you drink too much caffeine, play videogames and like sugar. You have the attention span of a fly don’t you? That’s intelligence mate, or rather a total lack of. No insult, I’m just saying it as it is…

    Emma – are you claiming to have LLI? Given the website Jeff Wu recommended, you just don’t tally-up. You sure sound to have something wrong with you, but you need to look a bit further I think. If it isn’t LLI, what is it? Although it flies in the face of all good sense, self diagnosis is hip right now, so give it your best shot.

  7. Wave

    For the longest time i did not know what was wrong with me. I had always felt diffrent from others and didn’t know why. This has shed light on t. A week ago i was watching Prison break and heard about this LLI. It fit. I was diagnosed as depressed about 9 months ago and begin attending a therapist. I was cutting myself also. Im so happy that im not alone. Having this made me feel so isolated. No one would ever understand me. Im 14 years old and kno i can breath easy for the first time in a long time.

  8. Jeff

    Hi Wave,

    I am pleased that you feel to fit-in with LLI, but please don’t rely on self-diagnosis. Unless you’re qualified in psychiatry there’s a major chance that you’ll get it wrong.

    I don’t have LLI but I noticed all of your spelling mistakes. Surely an LLI person would see these errors?

    Identifying yourself with a TV program is dangerous. If you have a real problem, get professional help.

    Go easy on yourself,


  9. Where to start? I have probably looked at this conversation 10 million times. And I have never known what to reply with. What to say? That I’m positive I have LLI? That I feel the same as all of you? … No.

    I’m noty here to convince anyone of what I have. I have so many questions. Can you put a label on what I feel?
    I feel crazy… really.
    I feel…detatched.

    Ok, if I look at a tree. I don’t see a tree…and maybe the parts of the tree are the bark and the leaves, I see every groove between peices of bark. I see veins in leaves, I see defferences in color…of greens. My eyes dance all over the seperate parts of the peice until I feel like I’m going to pass out and then collect myself to come back to what the person next to me was saying right before I started to let my eyes wander all over her face, separating the pupilfrom the white from the eyelid, from the colors, from the eyebrow, and making it all “even” and balanced in my mind.
    Parts of. Peoples faces light up a piece at a time.
    I used to count light posts in 4’s. Sidewalk squares and cracks in 4’s making the 4’s even in my mind.

    I cvant sleep at night. Ideas flowing through my mind…colors, signs, images, peoples faces, memories from when I was 3 in germany. A million other things…and then I think I’m going to fall asleep, and then my eyes start to dance along an alphabet poster of my daughters.
    The spaces between letters, the solid parts of the letters, the gaps in the circles of R’s P’s O’s. Count at 2. Where a , I, or a J or a L would be one. It all has to be equal before I fall asleep. Or ill just go crazy with the letters jumbling until I passout.

    Does anyone know what the hell I’m talking about?
    What’s really going on here?

  10. Wave

    I did notice them but to correct them would mean deleting my entire reply which I did not have time to do. Im at home now and am free to correct any mistakes that I may make. I used information that I obtained from Wikipedia to compare myself and it makes sense. I have a serotonin imbalance which is one of the triggers for LLI. It’s often misdiagnosed as depression. All of the information, other than the intial info, can be found at Wikipedia. I do not have promblems blocking things out like Candice Eden. I can understand and use the flow of information to my advantage. For me, it is my writing. People just have no idea all the information they are exposed to on the daily bases. I know you dind’t ask for advice Candice but try finding something that consists of patterns. Maybe knitting. Or drawing. Something with counting and patterns. This seems that this might be what your mind finds intriguing.

  11. Timothy

    Wave – is it wise to use Wikipedia as a medical resource? Remember, its not fact. It is user-produced. That means its highly speculative….

    Candice – I noticed the looking at the tree business you were talking about is a paraphrasing of the T’ai Chi Master’s website:


    In fact, its the very first thing you encounter on his page…

    “When facing a single tree, if you look at a single one of its red leaves, you will not see all the others. When the eye is not set on one leaf, and you face the tree with nothing at all in mind, any number of leaves are visible to the eye without limit. But if a single leaf holds the eye, it will be as if the remaining leaves were not there.”

    (Takahiro Kitamura)

    This is unlikely to convince anyone of your condition. You’re just quoted a well-known LLI person.

  12. JayMeister

    hi i’m Ijay im 17 and i have OCD dunno if i have LLI but sometimes i feel very creative i wright jokes poems solve problems and i understand things better then other ppl and sometimes i can read ppl and i have a wild imagenation

  13. Timothy

    Jay, you sound like a normal, healthy person. There’s no need to claim LLI and add it to your list. Don’t identify with it. Just be you.

    Being switched-on, creative etc doesn’t mean that someone has LLI. LLI seems to be an extreme level of awareness and insight. I don’t see this on the postings I read. I see it on the T’ai Chi Master’s site. He’s mad. I imagine its quite lonely for him to be so different to everyone else.

    To quote the site:

    “If you can harness LLI, you may well find yourself alone in a crowd. The rest of the world is buzzing with facile, superficial interests, fashions, trends, politics and manipulations. You move through all this, indifferent and aware.

    Possessing an altered state of consciousness is no gift. Yes, your mind is silent all the time, and you generally feel quite calm, but your being is constantly swept along with some new insight or revelation. You are compelled to change ceaselessly. Your world is a flurry of evolution, of adaptation, of innovation.

    And you cannot share these realisations. No one will understand you, or embrace what you have seen. Instead of wonderment and awe, you encounter confusion, suspicion, distrust and rejection.

    People do not want their world turning on its head. They like the secure, the everyday, the familiar. Fixity and sameness offer stability and comfort.You are threatening this.

    You are an outsider. Part of the world, of the world, but having no place in modern society.”

    Don’t wish this on yourself. It’s OK to be normal.

  14. i’ve read that if you have LLI you don’t know it and you won’t confirm you have it.
    You don’t “oh i have LLI”
    haha 😀

  15. Stephen

    Tests presently exist but are simply not widely used inside the United states.
    It can not be confirmed without question but it can be established to within a reasonable degree of certainty if one is willing to travel outside the U.S.A, for testing.

  16. Jeff, What do you think about brain health and it’s effects on LI? This doctor certainly believes that brain health & blood flow to the brain is key. http://www.amenclinics.com/

  17. I think that much of what is said about Low Latent Inhibition is essentially speculative.

  18. ie

    Interesting…. Now I know that I’m not alone. There seems to be some kind of pattern in some of the above post and what I have. Seems to be a kind of LLI + OCD + ADHD + ESP. I find myself staring into the most distant view out of any window I can find – while I’m watching TV, in a meeting or waiting. I’m probably doing this to avoid the information overload.

    In periods of stress everything all stimuli seems to be compounded, making it very difficult for me to focus.

    I don’t have a photographic memory but more of a video memory – for example I can recall excact scenes from movies that I have watched years before. I can replay entire movies in my head that I recently watched. My colleagues think I keep watching the same movie multiple times since I can quote the dialogue or explain exactly what happened during a particular scene in a movie.

    This in addition with some kind of ESP, where a particular movie scene plays in my head suddenly and shortly within the next couple of days I’m flipping channels and I see the same scene, At time it really spooks me at times it excites me.

    I think of someone and suddenly within the next couple of minutes they call, it could be someone who I have not interacted with for some time. When I tell them that I was thinking about them, they think I’m being funny.

    Half the time I’m on auto pilot doing my work without even being aware of what I’m doing. I work in a field that requires my full concentration, some time when work gets tough I focus real hard and then end up with headaches. I’ve gone thru with flying colors in my graduation exams without knowing having any memory of what I put down on my answer sheets.

    Oh yes and going for long hours without any sugar makes me cranky !

  19. please stop self diagnosing. if you actually did possess an altered state of consciousness you wouldnt be talking about it like most of you are. its too easy now for people to read stuff online like “you dont follow trends” or “you’re creative and see things differently” and start to believe they have a rare condition. just stop it, its corny and dumb.

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  22. Emmett

    bistro seems to be one of the few on here who speaks with any sense.

    These comment streams/forums of a supposed alumni (so to speak) of LLI sufferers, seems to be nothing more than a back slapping, circle jerk jack off session. Yes…..note to many of you, self diagnosis is not only innacurate, it’s just plain stupid, and I can’t believe how many of you actually fall for the supposed validity of IQ tests, which are biased in oodles of ways and don’t cover all the fields of intelligence.

    I can tell that more than half of you are nothing more than lonely kids who are looking for something, out of desperation and/or despair, and you find it by means of a disorder which you probably don’t have. Most of you have sizable ego’s and have made the foolish mistake of thinking that you are more introspective/analytical/intelligent than everybody else, when I’ll bet over half of you are loners (no offense intended, because I’m one too) and wouldn’t know of other peoples true mental capacity because you’ve probably selectively only focused on certain superficial remarks that those people (everbody) made.

    This also has to be coupled with “high intelligence” to have any real significance, because other than that it’s just another form of depression. And besides that, if you don’t channel your creativity, you’re wasting a goldmine that will be all for not. For the 1% on here who are genuine. Don’t pride yourself on being special….do something special.

  23. chary

    we should respect the individuality of the person what they do wanna believe in,everybody lies all the time its up to them to tell the truth or not ? if they are in or not ,but the truth is in within themself.they wanna express thier feelings and thoughts let them be.but dont asy anything bad about them …LLI has something to do in those individuals because of watching that series of Pb or just because they notice it with in them self.the point here is your not alone and theres always an interpretation and answer in every question in your mind of what you have been through and experience in life those are the wonders of knowledge or wisdom in our human lives and anatomy that god has given to us. but we notice it in different ways and means. im a psychology teacher.an AB PSYCHOLOGY GRADUATE MAJOR IN CLINICAL 33 YRS OLD. A QUICK THINKER,CLEVER, SMART ,THATS HOW PEOPLE DISCRIBE ME LEVERAGE HAS IT IN MY PERSONALITY.But then again thats how god created me and i love how god made me,im very thankful for it…

  24. Alex

    i think most of you here do not have LLI. Prison break got you over excitied, i have “LLI” to break it down for you simple people, LLI is when you see things others don`t, also its when you see or visualize something you remember what you saw no matter how long you aint seen that thing for you still have a picture in your mind.

  25. Will

    Hi jeff, from Reading these posts I get the feeling that most have seen prison break, researched low latent inhibition, thought oh that sounds cool and intelligent and somehow self diagnosed? I think prison break has put the wrong spin on this form oh inhibition as many see only the creative side and not what problems that brings. Your mind is designed to work at a specific level, to then ask it to ‘overdrive’ for long periods of time can be extremly dangerous. My example would be the guy who had the mental collapse at work and when he came round couldn’t see or hear. This ‘illness’ if you like isn’t something to proudly claim as many people live with it and it destroys their minds a lives. Ido however agree we may all have excercised LLI in areas of our lives, I fly professionally and find latent inhibition with small changes to enviroment and I am too interested if LLI can be excercised and developed to help concentration in certain areas rather than with all stimuli as this may help those with mental illness. However to all the early posters, you need to watch less TV and do a little more Reading, those who have it often hate it so don’t take the piss out of them thinking it’s cool to claim it as you’ve seen it on tv helping some guy escape from

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  27. kay

    hey is there a possible way of increasing or decreasing your laytent inhibition? without using medication?

  28. Charlotte

    I’m fifteen and I’ve recently been diagnosed with LLI. I do find it quite frustrating the way I analyse everything, but I think I cope well. I just wanted to say thank you for posting this as I didn’t fully undersatnd what it was. Everyone seems to think I’ll have some sort of breakdown if I know the full deatails. I disagree. I had to take an IQ test, and now I know why. I have an IQ of 147. I’m not too sure what that means? Again, thank you.

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  30. Katharine

    LLI is not like it is portrayed in Prison Break my daughter’s father has it and it does more bad than good! He has panic attacks all the time and has a lot of trouble dealing with the conditon. I had to move out from living with him because of the negatives the condition was having on our family life. He constantly tortures himself for everything that goes good and bad and its too distressing to see. When things are perfect people with LLI don’t see it as that as they are always bombarded with thoughts and further possibilities and paranoias. I honesty don’t believe he could ever be truely satisfied with anything. He is always searching! I don’t think you can self-diagnose if you truely have LLI as people with it just see it as their normal way of thinking. My daughters father is a creative genius in engineering but has never been taught a thing. My father is one of the most experienced railway engineers in his company and even my daughters father has put him to shame. He was never in school yet still managed to win the 1st place award for the UK maths marathon out of everyone in the country. LLI makes him a genius in problem solving in the creative ways, but it also makes him constantly frustrated paranoid when things are out of his control and he often destroyed most the good he had because of his over thinking and frustration. If you are convinced you have it you probably don’t though I would say. Its not something to be proud of. How it affects each person varies depending on the persons personality and IQ so no one with it is exactly the same. Before going around saying you have it get a diagnosis and also don’t listen to all the stuff on the net a lot of it is rubbish. Its very hard to describe about even when you have experienced it in your life in some way. I dislike the condition though as a whole as as beautiful and understanding and selfless a person my daughters father can be and a true creative genius he is it destroys him too and he is never completely content or happy there is always something to contemplate. He is always so drained. I was too until I moved out. Imagine when you have been stressed at your most extreme and about how your thoughts were affected then. There is a chemical released that lowers your LLI which is why we think so differently when we are stressed and we get so drained from it. Imagine being in that state but to a heightened level 24/7. I know wouldn’t wish for that! I just hope my daughter doesn’t have the same she is already showing signs of it though. She’s 3 and we noticed things from 18 months. Everybody who meets her comments that she is a little “strange”. She could do 60 piece puzzles just as she turned 3 for example. She memorises what the result should look like and then just does it as quick as an adult but there is method to it she describes her methods as she goes it’s truly amazing to watch! She is an incredibly frustrated child and is never satisfied with any child’s toys except puzzles paints and things where she can express her creativity. She can also count to 69 at 3 years old we got stuck after that as the 70s are a bit of a mouthful. She prefers her own company or that of adults but is very caring to others and upset when she sees suffering. I don’t know if she has anything and would hate to get her diagnosed wrongly with anything I would hate her to be diagnosed with anything at all preferably. I am trying to stay in denial about my daughter because I would hate for her to follow in her dads footsteps because I know what he has is more negative than positive. I don’t know every in and out as LLI is extremely complicated but I do know what I experienced. At times it was inspiring astounding and melted your heart at other times it was impossible to deal with.

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  33. Caroline YU

    so happy to read this web page?I have been through LLI since I was a kid?of course at that time I did not know LLI and I always thought I was precocious and maybe a little weird.I have been knowing LLI after the university.I am a chinese?born and bred ?but I got open mind ?as the earth-country is becoming smaller?LLI people got much more information ?so I am not sure if it is better for the LLI guys to get much more information.Controlling and focusing is not easy?but I would like to use this in my language learning subjects.LLI really helps a lot in my language-learning abilities.and if get more research papers?please share with me~THX~

  34. Caroline YU

    so happy to read this web page?I have been through LLI since I was a kid?of course at that time I did not know LLI and I always thought I was precocious and maybe a little weird.I have been knowing LLI after the university. I got open mind ?as the earth-country is becoming smaller?LLI people got much more information ?so I am not sure if it is better for the LLI guys to get much more information.Controlling and focusing is not easy?but I would like to use this in my language learning subjects.LLI really helps a lot in my language-learning abilities.and if get more research papers?please share with me~THX~


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