"Life is going to be complex and the only way we're able navigate our way through it at all is by living as best we can and absorbing those experiences and somehow making intuitive responses in future situations that resemble them in some way."
~ Daniel Tammet, author of Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant
Daniel Tammet is high-functioning British autistic savant with Asperger's syndrome. His life story is interesting from a solution-focused perspective because it illustrates how people can free themselves from the cages which are their diagnostic labels. Like I said in this post: "Often, just the way we look at realities determines whether we view them as problems or not. Surely, people diagnosed can have difficulties with social situations and change. At the same time, they can also be exceptional in their cognitive styles and achievements. So, what do we do? View AS a disorder and 'treat' them or focus on helping them develop a situational arrangement that works for them? ".
The quote above is also interesting from a solution-focused perspective. It has been said that one of the essences of the solution-focused approach is building a bridge between success in the past and success in the future (see this post). Tammet's quote also refers to this interplay between past experience and responses in future situations. Interestingly, he mentions 'somehow making intuitive responses'. This refers to the fact that we often lack conscious access to a large part of what we know and have learned.
In this post I have written about that: "It is normal to not be aware of the overwhelming amount of things that work well which surround us for second to second as we go through our lives. That our brains deal with these things automatically is an example of great efficiency. This efficiency has a downside, too. Sometimes, we are suddenly confronted with a problem and we don't have a clue about how to solve it. We may think we are not capable of solving it because we don't see what we can do. But we often underestimate ourselves. As solution-focused practice often shows, we have far more solutions than we consciously know. What solution-focused practice does is to focus your deliberate attention to find out what has been working well in relation to this specific problem (or goal). When we shine a light on what has worked well, we only begin to see what is there, which is often much more than we had hoped to find.In sum, we are often blind to what has worked well and this is a normal and a good thing. Because the number of things that work is so overwhelmingly great, dealing with them automatically is a highly efficient solution. Moreover, it helps to keep us modest. Sometimes, we need to bring a selection of all that works back to our conscious thinking. By deliberately focusing on what has worked before, we consistently rediscover patterns of effectiveness which then become available to our consciousness."