how you name people who can not read literally?

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how you name people who can not read literally?

15 Mar 2018, 03:50

Psychology: People who do not understand sentences literally. To shake off the communication with it so that one must explain or repeat his own sentence again. What do you call these? I believe we would need a stigma for a definition of a disease. How is this effect called in psychology?

Example from a Chat:
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S: By the way: If you work a lot with Windows this can be very helpful: github.com/....
Have I developed much in the last few days.

J: That with Windows I did not understand. how far it can help me for the development of the XYApp.
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Re: how you name people who can not read literally?

15 Mar 2018, 05:56

how you name people who can not read literally?
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Re: how you name people who can not read literally?

15 Mar 2018, 10:15

BoBo wrote:
how you name people who can not read literally?
POTUS (2016-2020)
;) not bad :D

and what you think about "social aphasia"?
May i use the world wrong (germany native speaker).
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Re: how you name people who can not read literally?

23 Mar 2018, 14:51

The first example sounds like a mild form of Semantic Pragmatic Disorder, where there is a problem with the part of the brain which works out the meaning of words and how they are used. The second one, where aphasia depends on context, would usually be described as Selective Mutism (the element of choice which this name implies is misleading!)

Either of them can occur on their own, but they are often a part of some wider condition; for example, they are both common for autistic people (I have Asperger's syndrome, hence my knowledge of them.) Your first example is interesting because there are two possibilities for the word "Windows":
  • 1) The person just does not understand the word "Windows".
    2) The context is misunderstood, so the person thinks of the windows of a house, or "the Windows OS in general" rather than what is really implied; "coding for the Windows platform".
Note how in the second one, all three phrases are sometimes a correct meaning of the word "Windows", but your brain has to choose the right one! Getting it wrong happens to me quite a lot, and it is a fairly typical example of a semantic/pragmatic problem. Of course, a single example could simply be a "brain fart" like anyone could have if they were very tired or stressed out; it would have to be a regular problem for it to be a psychological condition. Very often, only one small part of the brain is affected, so that the person has normal intelligence in every other way (it can happen after a person has a stroke or bad concussion, for example.)

As for POTUS - I think there are probably better words to describe him, but it's my first day on the forum and I don't want to get banned already! ;)

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