Are You an Upside Down Processor?

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A funny thing that was brought to my attention this past winter.

I am an upside down processor. Meaning I instinctively grab information at the end first.

Crazy? Apparently there are many people who are like this. We have a better ability of understanding how things work by starting with the end, and going backwards through the process.

Someone pointed this out to me when they noticed that every time they would show me a joke, or article on his phone. My eyes would be looking at the bottom of the article first, and then, jump to the top. He said I would do this each and every time.

This lead me to think back on my life, and I laughed my butt off..
Elementary school
Junior high, and high school.
Work, and projects,,,, All of it!

I started to remember many times when I would for example.. put together a BBQ,, Take notes for an exam. I would always look at the end result, and work my way back..

Still to this day I laugh about it, but realize the benefits of this "Upside Down Processing".

Have anybody else taken notice to this different human behavior in themselves?
Or, do you know anybody like this?

Would love to hear your stories!
#human behavior #processor #upside #upside down
  • Profile picture of the author Dain Supero
    Sometimes that is indeed an effective way to solve a problem or to understand it better.

    That said, constantly over-doing the whole "backwards engineering" thing can lead to the following issue:

    You lose faith in yourself to solve the problem step by step, from scratch, without knowing where it will take you. This leads to horrific decision making skills, poor business performance, and an overall lack of self-confidence (note: this is NOT the same as being able to forward AND backward solve; this applies to those who backward-solve so much that they lose the ability to effectively forward solve). Remember, in real life you're often given a bunch of variables to work with and not the end result or solution.

    One of the best ways to build confidence is to forward-solve, to work from scratch and find a way. Why? Because that's how things go down in the real world.
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  • Profile picture of the author damiensuccess
    Good point well made.

    I am glad you noted that. It would be easy enough to lose ability to begin something from scratch. I will certainly keep myself aware of this. Realizing this has made me self aware of it, which I am noticing more that its a case where if I am presented with information I instinctively look at the end.

    No doubt, I am glad to have been forced in many situations where backwards processing was impossible.

    If anybody thinks this way then most definitely become more aware of it.. Insure it isn't effecting your ability to forward process as Dain has mentioned. Our life is formed by the habits that influence us most. A balance of the right habits is key to success.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dain Supero
      Originally Posted by damiensuccess View Post

      Good point well made.

      I am glad you noted that. It would be easy enough to lose ability to begin something from scratch. I will certainly keep myself aware of this. Realizing this has made me self aware of it, which I am noticing more that its a case where if I am presented with information I instinctively look at the end.

      No doubt, I am glad to have been forced in many situations where backwards processing was impossible.

      If anybody thinks this way then most definitely become more aware of it.. Insure it isn't effecting your ability to forward process as Dain has mentioned. Our life is formed by the habits that influence us most. A balance of the right habits is key to success.
      Knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel makes for an easier journey, of course, but he who masters darkness (the unknown) masters himself. Such a man finds his way, dark or light be the path, difficult or easy the journey.

      On a side note, when I'm reading a fiction novel, which rarely happens these days, I tend to skip the "So and so said," and rampage through the dialogue. I also tend to fast-forward UFC events to hit the main event ASAP.

      Gotta work on that. May the Force be with us.
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  • Profile picture of the author Maximus93
    Definitely not, I'm a very distracted reader. In that if a point is referenced (for example a court case is cited) to back up a point of say... drug law I'll want to read that court case rather than just move on from it with the rest of the article.

    I realise that this would take articles forever to do though. Bit of a difficult task when a Chemistry book references quantum physics or mathematical ideas.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dain Supero
      Originally Posted by Maximus93 View Post

      Definitely not, I'm a very distracted reader. In that if a point is referenced (for example a court case is cited) to back up a point of say... drug law I'll want to read that court case rather than just move on from it with the rest of the article.

      I realise that this would take articles forever to do though. Bit of a difficult task when a Chemistry book references quantum physics or mathematical ideas.
      Hm, I'd say that's a bit different and even a good habit to have. You're an inquisitive guy; you want to know how things work, why they happen the way they happen, rather than accept them at surface/face value. A good habit to have, when time allows, of course. I'm more or less the same in this regard since most of my work involves dissecting clinical research and studies.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
    I can remember times when I would work my way from the bottom up. I usually do this when I want to get straight to the point and figure something out quickly.
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    • Profile picture of the author damiensuccess
      Originally Posted by tvon View Post

      I can remember times when I would work my way from the bottom up. I usually do this when I want to get straight to the point and figure something out quickly.
      Well,, I can certainly say I feel an advantage of getting to the bottom of things quickly.. At a younger age, I felt no need for the nonsense. As I grew older, I have become much more aware of details. (Maybe characteristics of O.C.D played a part in this)


      In general, any noticeable attributes should be personally made aware of. The more we know of ourselves, the more we can develop what we have.

      Awesome everyone, thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author hardraysnight
    after giving the matter due consideration i have come to the conclusion, i am an Over, Under, Sideways, Down thinker

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  • Profile picture of the author Imfactsandsecrets
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    ABSOLUTELY NOT I like to look at things from the beginning to the end then I make a decision concerning whatever it was.
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