Leonardo Da Vinci appeared to suffer from ADHD – how much more could he have achieved in his lifetime?
Leonardo Da Vinci appears to display all the traits of having had ADHD. For me having this condition is an effect of so much happening below the surface and Da Vinci demonstrates this better for me than many of the modern people who are rolled out as examples to others.
It is long thought that Da Vinci was dyslexic, especially with the examples of his mirrored writing. His note books have proven a challenging task in fact for any historian trying to document his work - in one sense he seems highly visual and creative - there is no other inventor that left as much of a paper trail behind but on the other hand they prove very difficult to read because of there presentation. Something many a teacher will sympathize with correcting a dyslexics paper!
But what I feel is much more interesting is the diversity of Leonardo Da Vinci's interests. I have long seen and proven the correlation between what I call multiplicity and ADHD. Multiplicity is the ability to take in information in a multiple of ways - Visual, Practical, Auditory and Kinesthetic - no wonder people with ADHD seem to have overload - jump around and get distracted easily. Da Vinci was very obviously Visual, Practical and Auditory - the Kinesthetic is hard to see as you need to know more about someone on an emotional level. He was drawn to representing characters and dwelled on the faces of the characters in his paintings - his portraits were very emotional which gives us a clue that he was kinesthetic. Mona Lisa's smile has captured the hearts of so many millions of people over the decades and even spent time in Napoleon's bedroom!
But the above would explain why he jumped around for project to project - did have prolonged periods of concentration and focus on topics he was interested in - can be described as a painter, sculptert, engineer, strategist, philosopher, writer, inventor and on and on... Many of my ADHD students show such diverse talents and interests. In fact I'm working with one 15 year old at present that I see as a Da Vinci type!
The Flip side of this of course is that Da Vinci became distraced easily - jumped from project to project. Didn't complete many commissions - created a great bigger picture but didn't focus on the details, like for example the long term lasting effects of the painting durability of the new technique he developed to paint the Sistine Chapel so he could paint slower and obsess over the faces for certain characters in the painting.
Leonardo Da Vinci only completed 25 paintings in his lifetime as a result of the random nature of his life. Many of his ideas where not built or created until hundreds of years after his death - such as his bridges or his famous bronze horse. Some of this can be put down to being far ahead of his time but in other cases I see great similarities between the students and adult clients we work with in Confidence Club and The Forever Method. Many of our clients seem to have the same "self-destruct button" that prevented Da Vinci from developing more of his ideas into reality. I meet many students who either focus too much on small details of interests or jump randomly to the next fad or interest. Their work will often be presented in as erratic a nature as the hundreds of notebooks Da Vinci left behind - interestingly he always wanted his notebooks to be published. We so enjoy taking people with these extreme levels of information overload and creativity to their true potential. Da Vinci is someone I would have loved to have had the opportunity to have worked with!
Dr. Naoisé O'Reilly Expression Developist™
So welcome back after the summer. I have been taking the time to read some fiction over the summer. One of the ways it is really easy to get dyslexic teenagers reading more difficult books is to introduce books that they have already seen the films of. This is also the best way to get through that brick that you have been set for school exams! And yes the teacher will tell you not to watch the film as it will be different from the book but it is a great way to get over the initial hurdle of reading it and you can learn how to do the comparison study by knowing what it different from the book and the film!
One Day by David Nicholls is a clever book that will appeal to students who like dates and diaries as it is set very much around time and the passing of the years! A single day every year and the changes to each others lives.
Hunting and Gathering by Anna Gavalda is a great way to get students into international fiction as it is originally translated from French - A very French style story with lots of character development and ways to really develop your understanding of people and their relationships. I think this is the first translated book I read which got me on to many after! It would be great to combine with a french lesson class too...
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg is one of the earliest books I remember reading and I have read it many times since - I don't think you can get a better recommendation of a book if you can re-read it again and again over 15 years... A very easy book to read and again one that fixes itself around dates.
Until next issue happy reading for all but especially all those Dyslexic Teenagers out there who have out grown baby books!
Dr. Naoisé Expression Developist™
Oxford & Cambridge revisited, along with the Charles Dickens Museum London as I talk about my new book. It's been an amazing journey so far in the writing.
I was delighted that the kindle version of the ADHD book I'm part of was launched last week in the US - according to them I'm one of the experts with proven results they searched the planet for!
So I guess I'm no different than other dyslexics as in I read slowly! Hence the realistic gaps between BookClub posts! But I do read loads of books at the same time - I'm also continually meeting dyslexic teenagers who haven't found something they would like to read. This was my first main purpose in starting this blog, to help dyslexic teenagers to keep reading! It can be very difficult when you reach 15 to find a genre that appeals and especially as a dyslexic because many adult books are too dense - I know only too well the challenges of going into a book shop and finding a book amongst the vast shelves of them! Many dyslexics because of the hereditary nature of the condition don't come from families of readers either which means there often isn't anyone to say try this... and the books picked on many school curriculum's don't help either as there shear size is terrifying and language is often outdated!
So this BookClub selections are:
Animal farm by George Orwell believe it or not! It is a very easy read and I have found that it really appeals to introverts, boys equally like it and many students I work with who are diagnosed with Aspergers. It is a very simple book but I guess it has some deep meaning questions that appeal to deep thinkers ... It really questions how systems in society work. It can often be hard to find books that appeal to boys as well as girls and this one fits the bill. It also has the added bonus for a dyslexic reader - it's short!
Next up in the same generation is Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote. Again surprisingly Capote is very easy to read - much easier than F. Scott Fitzgerald which is on many school courses.
Capote has a much simpler style! This is a girls book but I have found for the boys, again particularly students with Aspergers they really enjoy a slightly more morbid read such as In Cold Blood.
Brooklyn by Colm Tóibín is a really enjoyable read - I read it very quickly and it is one of the easier reads I have had set in 1950's Ireland and America. This is more a teenage girls book and really gives a sense of what it was like to travel to work in America as such a vast place coming from Ireland - but it also shows just how small the communities were for the people who moved. It seemed like everyone back home still had a connection to your life despite being across the Atlantic! You can take the Irish out of the country but do you take the Irish out of the person and the gossiping nature? This book should be on a school course as there are many themes and it is still an easy read!
To finish up this BookClub I'm going to include another book that I often recommend to the students I meet - it is a coming of age book set Swansea, Submarine by Joe Dunyhorne.
I think it is a book that can appeal to both genders and I often recommend it to boys. It has the most fantastic one liners and I found it had great humour around somevery embarrassing topics for teenagers. The film is fantastic too and the soundtrack was recorded by Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys - you can't get trendier than that!
For me success is all held in the key to being able to be the best of yourself and express the person you truly wish to be!
Recently someone told me that,
"When I speak with you I feel that you are looking into my soul and it is so liberating."
The important point for me here is not just that I can see people's true potential inside but that it is ok for me to do this. People feel safe and trust that there will be no judgement of their crazy ideas and dreams. I have been told repeatedly by clients that "you give me permission to be myself" and recently in the pub when I was asked what I do and groaned... a friend stepped in and described what I do for me .. I hate the question "what do you do?" I was described as having "an aerial view brian" that can see where everyone is, the best thing they should be doing and how to go about doing it.
This is why we can together to blow it out of the water with The Forever Method. We combine our expertise, mine being how people tick to have them excel in as short a time as possible! For me this is why I can combine my work in Purple Profiling with the genius of The Forever Method because both are results driven and get those amazing results in the shortest timescale humanly manageable! For me it doesn't matter if I am working with an 18 month old small person or a 72 year old big person. The end result is the same - for them to truly Express themselves to Success!
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Across My 4 different educational and business identities I work with Clients or Students from the ages 5 to well into their 70's. Recently I have been giving some thoughts to both the patterns of behaviour and pivotal moments in everyone's lives. You might find it starange that I can predict the pivatol moments in advance for many studnets or even know when their personalities will have truely developed so they will decide what they really want from life and what people they will choose to have in their lives, sometimes 10 or 20 years in advance of when I'm meeting them - it is joked that I am an oracle!
But another side of this for me is the fact that with Marie O'Riordan, The Forever Method, as we work together many times we work with business Clients across a whole spectrum of backgrounds, cultures, and ages we very regularly work with Clients much older than either of us. We are both in our 30's and yet here we are working with people who are traditionally seen at retirement age. How is this possible? There is that well know phrase you "can't teach an old dog new tricks". But it's not about new tricks, sometimes it is about reminding people about the tricks they can already do, the tricks they have forgotten or the tricks they always aspired to have and that maybe got lost in the day to day monotony of life. I have noticed a new wave of life and patterns in society in recent years and even recently a friend was talking about the older generation in their lives and how they have seen the same new wave. With divorce in western society has come a new generation of people who start their lives over again in their 40's and 50's and even 60's. It's like a second rebirth. One of the great benefits of working with two 30 year olds is that they still have that optimism for life. Everything is possible. You can be whatever you want to be and you become the people you hang out with. If you work with younger mentors they see you as fresh, not old. They ask you about all the dreams you had when you were 30 and why you didn't fulfil them. Now you have a second chance to do this. In short we can work with people older than us as we can make them remember what we have forgotten! In terms of what I believe, I feel everything in the world revolves around expression. What I am most interested in is making people express their dreams and desires for life. Interestingly I have attracted many older dyslexic business people in the same way as I attract them as students in my other projects.
Dr. Naoisé Expression Developist™
This short video I recorded at the Irish Times Higher Options Conference in RDS explains why profiling is so important for Students early in their education life - You can pursue the Career you were born to do!
The Purple View Book Extract:
“Everything we do at The Homework Club is designed to create a learning environment that students can enjoy.”
In the initial interview I look for patterns in Life through sports, home and school. What you are really seeing is peoples natural tendencies. In an ideal World we shouldn’t realise that we’re learning at all. One of the difficulties that I have with the conventional system is that we try to stamp these out. A great example of this is the 4-year-old Kid who doesn’t read well but uses the pictures in the book to give them a sense of what the story is about. When someone covers over the pictures they take away this visual way of taking in information which is that natural tendency of a visual learner. So the next 3 chapters are going to talk about these 3 natural ingredients that everybody has - which are potential, personality and aptitude.
Blue represents a Person’s true nature and potential within. It’s seen to be the colour of faith, truth, confidence and being exceptionally deep in nature.
We use Red as it’s seen to be the colour of energy, happiness, passion, determination, love, power and desire. We tend to have very negative associations with personality expression in the conventional school model - the negative associations with red are anger. We see this side of the personality apparently when people feel constrained in their behaviour and self-expression.
We have now successfully combined potential, personalities and aptitudes into 4 simple ways of working. The next 3 sections in this book are going to describe the outcomes and amazing results that happen when you use this approach.
We use Yellow - Yellow is seen to be the colour of joy and intellect - we classically find people clever because of their skills - classically I believe we see people as “normal” when they have one of two multiply intelligence, linguistic or mathematical - these are what I generally assess. But I believe truly clever people have a grasp of their multiplicity. Your aptitudes alone are not enough to make you smart. You have to realise them and approach tasks in the best way for you.
The box - everyone has this idea that they would like to all “fit-in” and be the same as everyone else - it’s like a giant box we all belong to. So I decided with this method to create one “box” but the difference is that everyone is different in the box and has their own place. They can still be themselves while fitting in. I think of it more like a house with all the doors and windows open where everyone can just come on in - a box still seems a little constraining. But the yellow box in the middle of this picture is one where everyone can be happy as how they really are.
This yellow "box" for me is now the Expression Developist™ Concept, the next instalment of The Purple View that I am currently writing and will be available very shortly! Why we need a new objective in education.
In the mean time enjoy The Purple View. Link to The Purple View
Dr Naoisé O'Reilly (Expression Developist™)