Six Positive Characteristics of Dyslexia

Six Positive Characteristics of Dyslexia


People with dyslexia struggle with reading, writing, and mental math because of the way their brains are wired. But that same wiring gives them benefits.

Research has shown that dyslexics shine in many ways. They tend to be exceptional at seeing the big picture, creative problem-solving, and managing people and resources.

Businesses can benefit from boosting their neuro-diversity by including dyslexics in their workforce. 

As mega-successful dyslexic entrepreneur Richard Branson put it in a tweet: 

"Dyslexic people hold a unique set of skills that will be really important to the future of business
– the ability to think flexibly, creatively, and solve really complex problems."

6 Dyslexia Strengths or "Supperpowers"

While I was working on the graphics for this post, I spelt "superpower" wrong. When I finally noticed it was wrong, I decided it was very appropriate to leave it that way since we're talking about people and brains that find spelling difficult. 

The dyslexics' 6 supperpowers:

  1. Imagining
  2. Visualizing
  3. Communicating
  4. Reasoning
  5. Connecting
  6. Exploring

Dyslexia Supperpower #1: Imagining

Dyslexics see things differently. They tend to be creatives. They don't have to be pushed to think outside the box. Thinking outside the box is their automatic setting. 

“I performed poorly at school – when I attended, that is – and was perceived as stupid because of my dyslexia. I still have trouble reading.”
Tommy Hilfiger, Men's Clothing Designer 


"If a child is dyslexic, can he be a good writer?
That’s a good question, because many people confuse difficulties in reading and the ability to write.
In fact, some of the most accomplished writers that we know happen to be dyslexic.
For example, John Irving, he won an Academy Award for the Cider House Rules, is dyslexic.
Stephen J. Cannell, who wrote the television series the A-Team and the Rockford Files, is also dyslexic.
He always likes to make people understand that dyslexia affects your ability to read and to spell, but not to have an imagination and be creative."
- Donna Ricks interview of Sally Shawitz for First Voice.
September 1, 2004

 The benefits of being dyslexic, Dyslexic Superpower #1


This supperpower put into action: 


The benefits of being dyslexic, Dyslexic Superpower #1



Dyslexia Supperpower #2: Visualizing

Dyslexics' tendency toward visualization strength is another of their superpowers that makes them creative not only in the arts and sports but in all endeavors that benefit from flexible thinking. 

The dyslexic brain tends to see the whole picture. 

“It’s as if people with dyslexia tend to use a wide-angle lens to take in the world,
while others tend to use a telephoto,
each is best at revealing different kinds of detail.”
--Matthew H. Schneps, Harvard University

Their power to visualize also makes dyslexic people exceptional at spatial reasoning, detecting patterns, and noticing when things are out of place. British mathematician Alan Turing, who broke Nazi Germany's secret code, was dyslexic.  

“I recognized that I had dyslexia and then I realized I had this gift for imaging. I live in a world of patterns and images, and I see things that no one else sees. Because of dyslexia, I can see these patterns.”

“You can’t overcome it (dyslexia); you can work around it and make it work for you, but it never goes away. That’s probably a good thing, because if dyslexia went away, then the other gifts would go away too.”

--Beryl Benacerraf, M.D.
World-renowned radiologist and expert in ultrasound

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This supperpower put into action:


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Dyslexia Supperpower #3: Communicating

While spelling and reading aren't in the dyslexics wheelhouse, they tend to excel at verbal communication and breaking ideas down to help others understand complex concepts. 

One of our greatest storytellers, Steven Spielberg, is dyslexic:

“I was unable to read for at least two years — I was two years behind the rest of my class. And, of course, I went through what everybody goes through — teasing… The teasing led to a lot of other problems I was having in school, but it all stemmed from the fact that I was embarrassed to stand up in front of the class and read.”


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 This supperpower put into action:


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 Dyslexia Supperpower #4: Reasoning

While dyslexics usually struggle to write an essay or pass a written test, they tend to be great at learning in non-written ways, understanding concepts, and solving problems.

Among famous dyslexic scientists are Stephen Hawking, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison, and Carol W. Greider (an American molecular biologist who received the Noble Prize in 2009 for discoveries about chromosomes.)


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 This supperpower put into action:

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Dyslexia Supperpower #5: Connecting

Dyslexics tend to have great people skills. This may in part be a result of the difficulties they endured trying to survive their school years when they lived in constant fear of being asked to read out loud and where self-worth is heavily tied to how well you can pass a written test. 

American presidents John Kennedy and George Washington were dyslexic, as is TV host Jay Leno. 


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  This supperpower put into action:


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Dyslexia Supperpower #6: Exploring

Dyslexic people tend to be curious passionate seekers of information and understanding of how things work. 

In many ways this supperpower drives the others and gives them a megaboost. 


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  This supperpower put into action: 

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  • Ann Silvers
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  • Ngum Denise Ambe
    Ngum Denise Ambe

    Not until I joined a Marine school in UK that I realized I may be having symptoms of dyslexia.
    I have difficult writing for instance I know the right answer which is "Sofa " but spelled it surfer.🙄
    Thanks so much for this Article!
    I am from west Africa Cameroon.
    I had the symptoms ever since I was 10 from what I can remember but never knew it was a disease of the brain until I’m I’m 32.

    Ever since that age I worked twice at hard as anyone and manage to be among the top 5s in class.
    Some of my teachers back in high school confused my hard work to being very smart..( well I often remind myself I still consider me being smart just the fact I had to do extra work and make it this far)
    I used strategies like staying late at night with my legs in cold water to study…(field in Electrical engineering)…I would have to cram answers,repeat several times,rewrite them so I can be confident to pass the test or school exams.
    I was always very anxious about test and would see or reason a question in different ways of which I know the answer but wouldn’t make a decision if I should write it down.

    After classes I would meet other classmates who were smart to help me…I found it difficult to do revision in groups cause I always toke the group behind, they knew I always drag them back and sometimes they would laugh and say there is no time…I only felt comfortable to ask questions in some of the revisions when I was with my close friends that loved me for who I was and still thought I was hardworking despite my limitations…
    I succeeded to make it at university (studying electrical engineering) it wasn’t easy, I spend 4 years in obtaining my degree instead of 3 years. It was a hard experience…I had low self esteem, you can imagine engineering classes were there is almost competition to who is the best, I always say behind desks …
    I found some courses very difficult,I wish I had a personal instructor to help me and I wish my professors at school knew about dyslexia but it’s not something popularly discuss in my country…
    My dad who single raised us didn’t know and did little or nothing with our school work cause he had to work and do evangelism…

    I remembered one day at university we had a test and I only scored 9.5/20 so the lecture told the class to go through their marked script if there was any mark he missed after he did the correction onboard…
    One of the best student in class that scored 18/20 approach the teacher for a mark he missed and later gave her 19/20, me seeing that I also wanted to try my chances, just when I was approaching the teacher he said from afar " don’t even bother showing me your paper cause you deserve the mark you already have unless you want me to subtract" my close friends laughed at me ( well I don’t have problems with my close friends cause they knew me, they just found it funny) but I was just embarrassed 🙈…

    Well I managed with so much hardddddd work to get my bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering 2014…was so happy…
    Wasn’t easy to get a job especially as a lady in my field….
    I learned many hand trades like sewing, domestic electrical installation,work with people at sites etc
    Then one day a ship called Mercyships arrived in my country….
    They were looking for daycrews for just 10 months during their stay in Cameroon, so I applied, first I wanted to applied as a galley staff cause I thought I would be rejected but my pastor advised me to choose my field of work…so I applied for ( an assistant electrician)…
    Well my hard work and keen to learn from the experience electricians onboard most of whom were from USA,UK, Netherlands,Canada, Switzerland, Germany…I asked lots of questions and had my note book, well I found it the 6months difficult to understand the different languages and accents, however because they have been observing how I was putting so much dedication with work,they asked if I wanted to become a crew, I agreed after giving it a thought…they were so patient and nice, they saw my hardwork and didn’t expect me to know everything at the instant but encouraged me to take one step a time …

    Many up to this day confused my hardwork to being so intelligent in maths,physic etc just because one is in the field of electricity doesn’t mean they all have an IQ like that of Einstein 😉!
    At some point because of the work Mercyships does in west Africa bringing hope and healing, I wanted to do something for humanity, I was moved by the thousands of free surgeries they did, so I thought I could switched into biomed, I had mentors that encouraged and thought biomed would be nice cause I could help my country and also I thought it’s a stable field as compared to being a seafarer,
    So i split my work days between electrical and biomed, just when the ship was about to send me for a biomed school in the USA for training,I declined, I didn’t feel that was the path I was called, I thought I had disappointed many, many were disappointed, my mentors weren’t sure about my new decision but we’re supportive to see I do what I love and be ready for what comes it doing that … well I have been hiding this from everyone about this challenge of dyslexia,I still didn’t know the name of this limitation talkless of people,…
    I forgot alot and most people onboard knew me for that…
    One of the receptionist who noticed I always come to ask for my lots but found keys or bottle onces made a joke that “if not that my neck was connected to my head, I would have dropped my head somewhere and come searching for it” we all laughed about it…

    I sometimes had issues and misunderstanding with my sister about this limitation not until she realized and understands how to work with me better and sometimes encourages me, I try not to make it worst for her lol…
    My three close friends in Cameroon knew about it but didn’t know what it was called and they would always laugh with me and not at me…
    There was one time because my best friend got married to one of our classmates, my brain completely erased that part and so one day I picked up the phone to asked her if she had Cedrick ‘s contact ( her husband) was a complete dumb question 😂 she paused a second and asked “Denise this is getting serious” then I realised and we both bursted into laughter…
    But what was so peculiar about all this was the level of cautiousness I had dealing with electricity, for my four years of working with electricity, I have been zapped just twice which was mild but for me that is not accepted, I always put on tags after isolating circuits and for three years now never had any careless zapp, I can’t strongly emphasize safety enough, I guess because of this I am even more cautious than anyone, I make sure I have a plan, I always read manuals before I start a job though some of my colleague though it was a waste of time but I didn’t care, I had systematic approach of trouble shooting and was always happy when I succeeded, I always thought nothing is impossible to fix, that was my motto.
    During pandemic,my department was short of staff and I was heading a department of just two instead of 6 ….I couldn’t believe the things I didn’t,it was incredible and that was when I knew there was so much in me than I could imagine… We sailed from Tenerife to las Palmas for dry dock ( I had to start the bow thruster when leaving and arriving ports,we did a temporal shut down of our emergency generator to take pictures of it’s control parts when it was not live) a new experience and other maintenance projects that pushed my technical know how, I did many researchs on my free times and wrote reports late after mid night….
    I finally decided I knew what I love doing, marine electrical, I decided I would add abit propulsion control systems and navigation systems to the degree in electrical engineering I already had … Was it an easy path? Not at all but is it impossible? Never!!!!

    Now the ship has sent me for at training at Southshield Marine College… I had many support from people, some thought I wasn’t ready ,other thought I could give it a try but I thought there is never a time that is ready as the present if you believe, have a strategic, accept criticism, seek for help from those you trust and believe God is with you)

    I had gone this far because of God’s help, I have seen the Holy spirit at work in this journey…

    Now at Southshield I have already done 7 courses and still 7 to go before my Orals…
    Well I am sometimes feeling frustrated with my speech ability but I don’t give up …

    I remembered for me to apply for a UK visa I had to take the English Proficiency IELTS exam, I study for 5 weeks in preparation for the exam and scored 6.5/9 I did alot of hard work, revision….
    My past victories gives me hope of my future victories or challenges…I believe nothing is impossible….
    Yes I put so much hard work, read the same thing 3 to 4 times before it sticks…
    But I find my job so interesting and fun …now that I’m even in school, everything makes more sense and clear on some of the work experience I had onboard….

    So far I have been passing all my courses I pray it stays so, I get often distracted and lost, and need to relax my brain while studying but I think of what is ahead and I come back to track ….

    One of my greatest fear of not sharing this is the fear of people judging and thinking that could limit me of what I have to give in in my field..
    Well I just have to deal with that but with faith I am doing my bit in making a change….
    I am so happy for me discovering my potential through the help of this organisation ( Mercyships).….
    No organisation is perfect but Mercyships indeed those brings home as per their mission statement….
    This is to encourage others like me and to bring awareness…
    I’m still struggling on how I share this to people…I only do now when I think I become comfortable with you …
    I have an NHS appointment on Tuesday with my home doctor ( it’s a privilege here in UK, back home I wouldn’t have one in my country)…I would discuss this for the first time with my doctor and hear his/ her advice…

    The Lord said to him " who makes a man able to talk? Who makes him able to hear or speak? Who makes him able to see or blind! It is I the Lord ! Now go! I would help you speak, I would teach you what to say" Exodus 4:11-12
    God has been helping me and using my weakness to make me strong…
    I can do all things through Christ that strengthen me …
    It is God who helps my self esteem when I feel down…He reminds and encourage me through people and through his word about my worth, about who I am in Christ Jesus!

    Pardon my grammatical errors ….

  • Ann M Silvers
    Ann M Silvers

    Hi Christopher. Thanks for sharing your story. I’m sure that it will resonate with others who have been traumatized by hits to their self-esteem and self-confidence because of their dyslexia.

  • Christopher Sims
    Christopher Sims

    WOW. As a dyslexic adult, I actually never knew what dyslexia was. I was just informed my reading and writing were terrible, and I was dyslexic… That was the end of the topic, and I was just thrown into remedial classes at school. I left school, struggled a lot, but soon made a very successful life in the creative arts sector. However all my life I have struggled with emotion issues, anxiety, depression and crisis mode. So much so I had a nervous break down 5 years ago, and I had to take therapy, and rebuild my life. This was an extremely positive if not very difficult period. But I rebuilt my life, retained the successes I had achieved, and built further on what has positive in my life, and let go of the negatives. However in recent months I have struggled with confusion, anxiety, self esteem, and could not understand why? I constantly kept saying to my self, “why am I still felling the things that I actually addressed and sorted out. My life is good?” My child hood and adolescence were fraught with emotion and mental health issues caused by a difficult child hood, abandonment issues, an alcoholic mother, and a total lack of security which carried on from birth untill my mid 40s and entering therapy. And yet these issues creeped up again in the last 4 months during a major and positive change of life. It was only at this point that it dawned on me that dyslexia possible was not just about reading and writing bad, but it could be more of an emotional issues. And after a 24 hour journey where I was in complete confusion, I googled dyslexia, and this statement below opened up a whole new world to me, and why I have suffered for all my life with emotional issues. I ask the question: why my therapist did not even mention my dyslexia is part of emotional issues, or why there was not one person in my life who opened up the potential to dyslexia and any reasoning to my emotional and mental health problems? Fortunately I have today arrived, at a new door that has opened, allowing me to accept and understand so many problems I just could not “get my head around” and was in complete confusion with where my life was???
    The statement that unlocked the barrier thats been a struggle all my life:

    “How can dyslexia affect emotions?
    Dyslexic children (and adults) respond to confusion by becoming disoriented. The feelings of uncertainty and the mistakes they make while disoriented cause emotional reactions such as anxiety, embarrassment, or frustration. These emotions in turn provoke continued or increasing levels of disorientation”

    I can now actual begin to build on a new and positive life I feel, with the understanding that dyslexia is not just about reading and writing, but it is about emotions you have had to deal with all your life. Blessed to be dyslexic – its a gift I wish I had been aware of a lot earlier in life.

  • Ann Silvers
    Ann Silvers

    Hi Dawnelle. Yes. I do mean superpower. As I said in the blog post: "While I was working on the graphics for this post, I spelt “superpower” wrong. When I finally noticed it was wrong, I decided it was very appropriate to leave it that way since we’re talking about people and brains that find spelling difficult."

  • Dawnelle Wynia
    Dawnelle Wynia

    Do you mean SUPERpower or SUPPERpower (supper is a synonym for dinner)?

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