How is your mind different from everyone else’s?

Par­tially to help re­duce the typ­i­cal mind fal­lacy and par­tially be­cause I’m cu­ri­ous, I’m think­ing about writ­ing ei­ther an es­say or a book with plenty of ex­am­ples about ways by which hu­man minds differ. From com­monly known and or­di­nary, like differ­ences in sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, to the rare and seem­ingly im­pos­si­ble, like mo­tion blind­ness.

To do this, I need to start col­lect­ing ex­am­ples. In what ways does your mind differ from what you think is the norm for most peo­ple?

I’m par­tic­u­larly in­ter­ested in differ­ences—small or large—that you didn’t re­al­ize for a long time, au­to­mat­i­cally as­sum­ing that ev­ery­one was like you in that re­gard. It can even be some­thing as triv­ial as always hav­ing con­cep­tu­al­ized the pass­ing of years as a vi­sual timeline, and then find­ing out that not ev­ery­one does so. I’m also in­ter­ested in links to blog posts where peo­ple talk about their own men­tal pe­cu­liar­i­ties, even if you didn’t write them your­self. Also books and aca­demic ar­ti­cles that you might think could be rele­vant.

Some of the con­tent that I’m think­ing about in­clud­ing are cul­tural differ­ences in var­i­ous things as re­counted in the WEIRD ar­ti­cle, differ­ences in sex­ual and ro­man­tic ori­en­ta­tion (such as mono/​poly), differ­ences in the abil­ity to re­cover from set­backs, ex­tro­ver­sion vs. in­tro­ver­sion in terms of gain­ing/​los­ing en­ergy from so­cial ac­tivity, differ­ences in vi­su­al­iza­tion abil­ity, var­i­ous cog­ni­tive differ­ences rang­ing from autism to synes­the­sia to an in­abil­ity to hear mu­sic in par­tic­u­lar, differ­ences in moral in­tu­itions, differ­ences in the way peo­ple think (vi­sual vs. ver­bal vs. con­cep­tual vs. some­thing that I’m not aware of yet), differ­ences in think­ing styles (so­cial/​ra­tio­nal, re­flec­tivity vs. im­pul­sive­ness) and var­i­ous odd brain dam­age cases.

If you find this pro­ject in­ter­est­ing, con­sider spread­ing the link to this post or re­shar­ing my Google Plus up­date about it. Also, if you don’t want to re­ply in pub­lic, feel free to send me a pri­vate mes­sage.