Feeling the Emotional Impact: Dyslexic Adults

To Learn More about a particular Struggle and for some Suggestions and Help along the way, click on any of the following Links to Read about a topic, or Listen to a topic by going to the audio at the Top of Each Page, or by just clicking the corresponding link in the accompanying Player on This Page. 

Please note, the exercises you will find here are not meant to replace professional help. If you find that they are activating to you, please seek the guidance of a professional. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area and would like a free consult to see how I might accompany you on your journey, please reach out and call me at 415/668-5130. 


The Dark Woods—Common Issues for Dyslexics  

Schooling and peer perceptions can leave heavy wounds and distorted thinking. Even if you have found your stride as an adult, you may often still struggle, especially at stressful times, with difficulties that have a particular nuance of your dyslexic experiences.

The Hero and Heroine’s Journey  

The journey of dyslexia often involves profound suffering. It is an heroic journey, with perils and tests, and also with mentors and supporters for you to find along the way to help you in your quest to let your brilliance shine. In this section you can read about the particular difficulties that dyslexics struggle with. There are also some suggestions for support and further exploration in the sections entitled Help On The Quest. The suggestions for any one section can also be used for the others.   

Let’s begin looking at your epic journey with a poem that Brock and Fernette Eide quote from The Lord of the Rings in their great book The Dyslexic Advantage. It sums up Aragorn’s journey from seeming to be a wandering vagrant to his at last claiming his rightful place as king:  

All that is gold does not glitter,  
Not all those who wander are lost;  
The old that is strong does not wither,  
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.  
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,  
A light from the shadows shall spring;  
Renewed shall be blade that was broken  
The crownless again shall be king.   

            —J.R.R. Tolkien  

Some Frequently Mentioned Fears  

  • You don’t believe you can do things, even though you continue to have creative solutions.  
  • You worry you’ll get it wrong.  
  • You fear you don’t have enough information.  
  • You think you must have misunderstood something. 
  • You second guess or doubt yourself because you think that you might have missed something that others learned in school. 

Self Esteem and Believing in Yourself 

Dyslexics may not believe they can do what they’re doing even while they’re doing it, and doing it well and creatively! 

What happens when you can do something better than others without formal education? Can you claim your power? 

Dyslexics are intelligent, often exceptionally so, and can do well in many fields, but may not believe in themselves enough to take the time to find out what they really want to do. 

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