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August 23, 2006 6:38 PM Subscribe
Why are there fast people and slow people? Why do different people have different paces?
posted by grumblebee to Science & Nature (34 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a fast person. I do everything fast. I talk fast; I walk fast; I think fast. I get easily impatient with anyone slow (moving or witted). Why?
I'm in fairly good shape, and I work out. But I didn't used to. I used to be a "couch potato" and my diet was horrible. I've never been athletic. I prefer reading to physical activity. Still, I'm fast and I've always been fast. Changes in my age (I'm 40) and lifestyle don't seem to matter.
When I learn a new idea, I don't need time to process it. I'm immediately using it and putting it through all sorts of permutations. I almost never need a break to rest my brain.
In case anyone thinks I'm feeding my ego here, I'm not. I don't think fast = better. I don't think it = worse, either. There are good and bad aspects to it. Yes, I think fast, and that can make me SEEM smart. But it also means I miss things and make mistakes because I'm zooming through life. I am horrible at just "being" (I'm un-Zen), and I get bored easily.
There seems to be a genetic component to this. My grandmother was fast like me. Way up into her 80s she was zooming ahead of everyone on the street and not suffering fools gladly. (Usually the "fools" were just people who couldn't come up with an immediate answer to her questions. If someone needed a fraction of a second to think, he was an "idiot.")
Why am I like this? Why are other people not like this? Why are there so many different people with so many different paces? It it "metabolism"? It it just upbringing? Is it ADD vs. non-ADD? Some combination of these things? Has anyone ever studied this? Books? Essays? Websites?