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[–]grelb32BS in Psychology, RBT[S,M] 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Another thing I would like to know is why certain things become special interests to people. Is it based on attachment, fixation, obsession, sustained attention, self-stimulation, self-soothing, or some other psychological or biological process? Further, is it something that's learned or is it innate? For example, I've seen children at work who come in on their first day and instantly attach to a book or stuffed animal, even to the point of naming it and making the stuffed animal take it's own turn while playing a board game. However, my special interests have started out as broad topics that I was interested in and became increasingly more narrow and specific the more I learned about them. So, I would be very interested to know what processes lead to one's special interests and what function they perform for the individual engaging in them.

[–]Kehra 4 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 0 fun5 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

You say I don't have a special interest but I used to devour books by the dozens, sometimes reading two or three at a time (not just in a day). I'd have one I'd take to school and one I'd read at home and then if I found another book to read I'd start on that too. I don't read multiple books at a time anymore but these days if I'm not playing a game I'm reading. Plus I read whole series' at a time and will sometimes read a book twice in a row.

I want to say this is how I know things I haven't been taught. Reading something and putting it toward another thing that seems like it would work similarly.

I just don't talk about anything because after a while having your mom tell you to shut up and nobody cares and I just talk to talk makes me feel like nothing I want to say is important. So I don't.