I once was asked, "when you hear the word 'Church Steeple', what do you see in your mind"? I thought this an odd question, i see a church steeple. Doesn't everyone? Apparently not. This was, and to a large part still is, perplexing to me. I cannot think of concepts, or ideas, in words. My communication comes to a complete stop. In many ways this has been extremely helpful to me in my line of work.
I work in IT, but not 'on computers'. I work on the part of the IT industry that helps a computer in Springfield, anywhere USA, to servers or webpages, anywhere else that is not in the next room. As i try and prepare myself to pass some industry certifications and recall the information later when working on various tasks - if i were to try and regurgitate the info i read on a page, i would get hopelessly lost. But, when i get the chance, i can usually pull the processes up in my mind, like a movie image. I see the packets enter an interface, get handled by the card buffers, get moved to the system backplane, get dealt with by the system's internal systems, moved on to the exiting interface and dealt with the outgoing queues and buffers, etc. and on through the path from receipt to delivery. I even have the ideas of the upper protocols and how they are encapsulated within the packets the systems are handling. This presents problems for me in studying and taking tests. Why? Because a large part of the information is contained in book form. Any time i read large quantities of information, it only takes a few minutes until the words on the page and the ideas in my brain are blurring and the concepts. This happens when taking the test as well. I will read the information for the question, and then get flustered as i read the potential answers. I actually do better (i think) with essay like questions.
Today, i am thankful for how i am 'hardwired'. It is very much a part of who i am, quirks and all.