In this, the third article of the series, we explore how the ADD Decision Tree Pattern shapes people with ADD 's choices, in everything from what they eat to who they love.
ADD's Decision Tree Step #1: The "Failure Cycle"
So if I don't have ADD, how did I ever discover the ADD Decision Tree Pattern? The answer. My friend and fellow Emergence Practitioner, Ed, asked me one day if there was a Decision Tree pattern for people with ADD. Which then resulted in me filling most of a letter sized white pad, almost before our lunch ended.
Significant in this is the fact that this is the first time anyone else has contributed to the theory discovery part of Emergence. And great relief it is, too.
Then, too, it is also amazing to me how Ed and I now connect even more, simply from knowing these two patterns; the Asperger's pattern and the ADD pattern. You see, he very much is the ADD Decision Tree type.
So what is the ADD pattern like? For one thing, it starts out with the pain of digression. Thus, unlike the desire people with Asperger's have to learn, this pattern biases people against learning. Thus, the now well known response people with ADD have to learning.
So isn't ADD a condition mainly of distraction?Isn't this why they have trouble learning?
In an off beat way, I guess you could say this. But it's not really the truth. Why not? Because how they respond to requests to learn might better be described as an almost instantaneous reaction to requests to learn with the Digression to Bluntness to Digression process.
Can you see how this would be painful? It's amazing how painful it can be. Moreover, for people with ADD, this response is literally programmed into them. As are all people. We are all programmed with one of these four Decision Trees.
Note that the ADD Decision tree is literally the opposite of the one with which people with Asperger's are programmed. At least, as far as how they respond to things that interest them.
Interestingly enough, when people with Asperger's get requests to learn things they do not want to learn, they respond very similarly to how people with ADD normally respond. However, in this case, these folks have fallen into the second half of their decision tree and not their first. Thus, , which because it is not their usual first response, they
ADD's Decision Tree Step #2: The "Escape Cycle"
ADD's Decision Tree Step #3: The "Freedom Cycle"
ADD's Decision Tree Step #4: The "Feedback Cycle"