When you ask someone to tell you about themselves, what sort of things do they choose to say? In all likelihood they will tell you about their work, their family, their hobbies and interests. The things that define them. The things they are positive about. The things they are good at.
What would we think if, on being asked about themselves, a person listed off all the things they were negative about and couldn't do well?
"You want to know about me? I've never been a good runner, that's a start. Was lousy at it in school. I'm not good at parties, either - introducing myself to people. Hate it. I'm a poor gardener too. Plants always die on me. And I can't stand coffee. Horrible stuff."
We'd think it was time for them to see a psychiatrist.
With that in mind, think of the tyranny of the word 'dyslexia'. 'Dys', as in dysfunctional. Lexia as in lexicon. Language. Vocabulary. Dyslexia - a problem with words.
The reality is that dyslexia, a difference in the hardwiring of the brain, conveys some advantages and some disadvantages. Successful dyslexics are people who manage to apply their natural strengths to the things they do. But we are still burdened by the negative term 'dyslexia'.
I'd like to hear more said about dyslexic strengths. In searching for 'dyslexic strengths' on google, I came across the website of artist Mike Juggins. Very inspiring. I particularly enjoyed the video on this page. Well worth a look.