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Find Your Way to This New Year’s Resolution

Posted by on Jan 4, 2013 in Directional Sense, Directionally challenged, Tips for the Directionally Challenged, Wayfinding | 0 comments

Find Your Way to This New Year’s Resolution


Are you someone who turns right when you are supposed to turn left? Do you frequently feel as if you don’t know where you are or how to get where you’re going?  Would you much rather have someone else lead you instead of finding your way yourself?  If these statements sound familiar, you may be directionally challenged.

There are many phrases to describe people who have trouble navigating – directionally challenged, turned around, spatially confused, disoriented, not knowing how to find your way out of a paper bag –  but they all refer to the same thing: you find it hard to get where you want to go!

Until recently, being frequently turned around wasn’t much talked about and people who often felt this way were embarrassed about their inability to navigate.  Now, with more articles, blog posts, videos, and other internet materials – as well as our new book, Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around and website – directional challenges are receiving more attention.

While there are no reliable statistics on the number of directionally challenged people worldwide, anecdotal evidence suggests that this is not an unusual problem, at least in the US. However, it would be helpful to know much more. For instance: Do more women than men consider themselves directionally challenged? Do directional challenges increase with age?  How do childhood wayfinding experiences influence directionally challenged adults?

If you’re directionally challenged, the start of 2013 is the perfect time to resolve to get better at navigating. It’s a tall order to be sure, but Directional Sense offers an easy-to-follow guide for learning wayfinding skills, including reading maps, following signs, recognizing landmarks, and asking directions. If you can approach finding your way around with a new, positive attitude, are willing to devote effort and practice, this can be your year to become better at getting from Point A to Point B without a trail of breadcrumbs.

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If you’re directionally challenged you need the book, Directional Sense: How to Find Your Way Around, by Janet R. Carpman and Myron A. Grant.


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