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Being dyslexic I have been blessed with a third eye
that perceives information in an unusual way
and a brain that thinks outside the box.
In school I always had to function around the dyslexia. I was
rarely able to finish timed tests like SATs, for example. I became so
confused when confronted by multiple-choice questions that the palms
of my hands would begin to sweat. As the other students handed in
their tests and began to leave the room, I continued to sit paralyzed in
my seat until the time ran out. Obviously, I received low test scores as
a result and dreaded the whole process. But I was good at classwork
and essays so I managed to do well. And I was fascinated by history
and anything that had to do with strategy like political and military
maneuvers. I adore watching football games for the same reason.
When, at forty-seven, I returned to graduate school and focused
on becoming a family therapist, I received a 4.0 grade average. But
then I would. Being a specialist in family systems therapy is a perfect
career for a dyslexic. Strategy is the key word in pulling off successful
family therapy. And, I am sure the revolutionary concept of mapping
the human relationship would not have come to be if I hadn’t needed
a tool, like a picture, to help keep me on track with my clients.
Actually the idea for a map came in a serendipitous flash one
afternoon, early on in my practice. I was sitting in my studio with a
new client. As Joe was telling me his story I was afraid I might get lost.
It seemed like a complicated one. On impulse I thrust a pencil and pad
of paper in his hands and said, “Here, draw me a map.”