where am i?
July 17, 2011 7:34 AM Subscribe
i have really significant problems with spacial orientation. my sense of direction has gotten so bad that i often start walking in the direction opposite to the one think is correct; i can't read a map or gps unless i'm heading north - even if i turn the map or gps (when i can even figure out which way to turn it).
posted by crankyrogalsky to travel & transportation (28 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
being relatively new in my current city has just made things so much worse. i get off the train and have no idea where to go - unless i've been there a dozen times in a short period of time, otherwise everytime is like the first time. knowing where the water is doesn't help unless i'm looking at the water and being on a diagonal street is a joke.
i can't use a compass, i can't use gps, i can't use a map.
going north is mostly ok, but too many turns will lose me. that's when i can find north. if i'm going south and turn the map upside down, no dice. my brain just can't adjust, can't reorient. i've spent a lot of time standing at corners studying my gps. i usually just give up and ask.
i have other problems with spacial ability, but none are really that big a deal - unless i'm playing video games or trying to park. i still have to look down at my hands to see which one does the L to figure out which way is left.
this is just a part of my brain that doesn't work. really really doesn't work. and it's getting worse.
is there something i can do to develop enough spacial ability to read a gps or map? logic puzzles? exercises? i've read similar askmes, but all of the advice was about finding landmarks or using a compass. not much help in my case.