Thinking, Thinking in Pictures …

When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.

Plato

According to the Wikipedia online ”Picture thinking, visual thinking or visual/spatial learning is the common phenomenon of thinking through visual processing. Thinking in pictures, is one of a number of other recognized forms of non-verbal thought such as kinesthetic, musical and mathematical thinking. Multiple thinking and learning styles, including visual, kinesthetic, musical, mathematical and verbal thinking styles are a common part of many current teacher training courses.

Research by Child Development Theorist Linda Kreger Silverman suggests that less than 30% of the population strongly uses visual/spatial thinking, another 45% uses both visual/spatial thinking and thinking in the form of words, and 25% thinks exclusively in words. According to Kreger Silverman, of the 30% of the general population who use visual/spatial thinking, only a small percentage would use this style over and above all other forms of thinking, and can be said to be ‘true’ “picture thinkers”.

While visual thinking and visual learners are not synonymous, those who think in pictures have generally claimed to be best at visual learning. Also, while preferred learning and thinking styles may differ from person to person, precluding perceptual or neurological damage or deficits diminishing the use of some types of thinking, most people (visual thinkers included) will usually employ some range of diverse thinking and learning styles whether they are conscious of the differences or not. Wikipedia

I found this site called Visuwords while surfing the net and it is a fun site indeed! Here is how they describe themselves:

”Visuwords™ online graphical dictionary — Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net.

Learn how words associate. Enter words into the search box to look them up or double-click a node to expand the tree. Click and drag the background to pan around and use the mouse wheel to zoom. Hover over nodes to see the definition and click and drag individual nodes to move them around to help clarify connections.

  • It’s a dictionary! It’s a thesaurus!
  • Great for writers, journalists, students, teachers, and artists.
  • The online dictionary is available wherever there’s an internet connection.
  • No membership required.


Visuwords™ uses Princeton University’s WordNet, an opensource database built by University students and language researchers. Combined with a visualization tool and user interface built from a combination of modern web technologies, Visuwords™ is available as a free resource to all patrons of the web.” (The Visuwords online site)

As I am rather fond of words — ye may have gathered that already, eh?! — I wanted to see the how the site works, so I put a couple of words just to see what comes up:

“Interactive”
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“Blog”
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Words and pictures can work together to communicate more powerfully than either alone.

William Albert Allard


I do fully agree with him! Keep so well and safe. Rii xx

Handy sites for further reading:

Visual-Spatial Resource
What’s YOUR Learning Style? ’Quizz

The lead picture is off the Shakespeare Organization online site

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2SPEAK or not 2SPEAK

2SPEAKORNOT

To speak or not to speak.
Hmm…
I think I shall continue speaking.

The skill in any language will increase as one courageously speaks, reads a wide range of topics and puts one’s impressions, one’s thoughts into writing. Not by thinking that ‘when my language is perfect then I will open ma treasure chest of words and expressions’. That day, most likely, will not arrive in a hurry, because the language keeps changing, sometimes at a faster rate, sometimes at a slower rate, but change it does.

My words are different to your words and that is why the mix-ups and misunderstandings often happen. The most commonly spoken language one would think is the Mandarin Chinese but it is not, would you believe, as this article where I read about this stated that ‘the most common language is badly spoken English’! Apparently, the total number of English speakers in the world is about 1,4 billion; and the native speakers of this figure are about three to four hundred million in all.

Here is a site to get interesting ideas and useful hints in blogging, the site is called, Reporters Without Borders. It is possible to get their great handbook as a PDF, too. I found their name on a site where there are a whole bunch of these ‘help lines’ for people looking for stuff to aid them in this wonderful world of cyber-writing and blogging. This site in the States is also a real treasure chest of helping materials and topics of all sorts and kinds one needs in blogging or just generally in writing whether in business or for pleasure, Online Resources for Writers. Google Resources has a great site for writers as well.

I use the internet to check and find more about the things I have written so far and also, I am using The Oxford Dictionary-set very much for it is right besides me while working. The set of these books, that is the Oxford Concise Dictionary, the Oxford Thesaurus and the Oxford Spelling, are my trusted allies in this writing adventure. I have them as actual books which were bought for years ago. Twas a very good and wise investment, may I say. It is ‘yer only man’ as the Irish put it. Here is a link to Oxford Dictionary new additions of words.

I am interested in a whole gamut of topics, so I will be writing on these subjects as the days go by. Lately, I have been mostly reminiscing about me life so far. Yes, there’s been a lot of it. A life lived to the hilt. It is my opinion that the most interesting task to the writer herself in the writing and also for the readers in reading it, is to write about any topic that one is familiar with and has something to more to say about. It is the way how-to say that is hard many a time. This is what I am learning more and more to do as each day as I am taking up a topic and doing the research on it, and then putting my thoughts into a blog on the same.

The written word compared to the spoken words – how to spot which came first. This site is about teaching the language and it was in there that I found this article as well as a selection of great international jokes. The written word gets its nuances, tones, textures and colours firstly by the words, by the idioms, and by the expressions used, and secondly by the layout, by the font and by the style applied. The underlying ‘feel’ is sensed between the lines and the mood of the writer becomes apparent nearly immediately and as one takes in these facets and mulls over them for awhile then one really reaches into the heart of the matter. To me all that is most fascinating. This is the reason why I love reading books and also reading blogs, not forgetting articles in the newspapers.

There is an absolutely hilarious site: The Very Best of British which is about the differences between the British and the American English words in slang, in motoring, in people et cetera. This site has me in hysterics whenever I go over there to surf and for a very good laugh.

There are some interesting facts as regards to the words spoken; I am talking about things like the importance of the actual words as compared to the tone, the gestures and so on of the speaker. Apparently, only about 7 per cent is all that the actual words make of the total of 100 per cent when something is expressed in words. The rest is comprised of the tone, the gestures et cetera. Interesting, hey?

A great quiz on words with 23 questions for You to have a go at this SPELLING BEE!

How did You do?

Tis for now. Riihele xx.

PS.
The title text in the ‘picture’ is made by me in the Cool Text.com.

Dignity: Personality Test

Dignity

DIGNITY ~

Definition: excellence, nobility

Antonyms: lowliness.

iN BRIEF: n. – The quality of being worthy of esteem or respect; Formality in bearing and appearance; High office or rank or station. (Word Tutor)

I do not usually take ‘tests’ online, but I took a test on this site, called, Tickle.com. There is the sister company in the UK. One can do all sorts of tests like: Love, Relationships, Careers, and (Need!?) Therapy Test and so on. Emotions is the one, which I did, and this piece underneath was the result that I pasted here on the blog as it is:

“Riihele,

your emotions are triggered by your underlying belief in:
Dignity*

In other words, your commitment to leading a dignified life, and your belief in being respectful, directly affect how, and how often, you experience certain feelings.

For example, your test results indicate that you’re most fulfilled when you treat people with the decency all humans deserve. That factor is directly related to your fundamental belief in dignity and the range of emotions it triggers.

Based on your belief in dignity, where do you rank in the emotional landscape? Which of your emotions dominate your life? And how can you learn to control your emotions?”

All those questions left unanswered to tickle you to find them answers. I did not find but if one is so inclined, one can buy the full whack of this report for a bob or two! I was not. Twas fun, though. I did other ones as well on this site and in another one. Well, am gonna sit down and ponder with wondering could tis be me…

* dig·ni·ty (dĭgnĭ-tē) (Taken as defined in the Answers.com)

n., pl. -ties.

  1. The quality or state of being worthy of esteem or respect.
  2. Inherent nobility and worth: the dignity of honest labor.
    1. Poise and self-respect.
    2. Stateliness and formality in manner and appearance.
  3. The respect and honor associated with an important position.
  4. A high office or rank.
  5. dignities The ceremonial symbols and observances attached to high office.
  6. Archaic. A dignitary.

[Middle English dignite, from Old French, from Latin dignitās, from dignus, worthy.]

 Tis for now. Riihele xx.

PS. The TEST on EMOTIONS is in here.

Well, what did Ye get?