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The Dyslexic Advantage

Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain

Brock L. Eide, M.D., M.A. - Author

Fernette F. Eide, M.D. - Author

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ISBN 9781101543498 | 304 pages | 18 Aug 2011 | Plume | 18 - AND UP
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"A must-read for parents, educators, and people with dyslexia."
-Gordon F. Sherman, Ph.D., past president of the International Dyslexia Association

Did you know that many successful architects, lawyers, engineers- even bestselling novelists-had difficulties learning to read and write as children?

In this groundbreaking book, Brock and Fernette Eide explain how 20 percent of people-individuals with dyslexia-share a unique learning style that can create advantages in a classroom, at a job, or at home. Using their combined expertise in neurology and education, the authors show how these individuals not only perceive the written word differently but may also excel at spatial reasoning, see insightful connections that others simply miss, understand the world in stories, and display amazing creativity.

Blending personal stories with hard science, The Dyslexic Advantage provides invaluable advice on how parents, educators, and individuals with dyslexia can recognize and use the strengths of the dyslexic learning style in: material reasoning (used by architects and engineers); interconnected reasoning (scientists and designers), narrative reasoning (novelists and lawyers); and dynamic reasoning (economists and entrepreneurs.)

With prescriptive advice and inspiring testimonials, this paradigm- shifting book proves that dyslexia doesn't have to be a detriment, but can often become an asset for success.



"A compelling call to action."
-Scientific American Mind

"Probably the most helpful material ever published on dyslexia."
-Manuel Casanova, M.D., Gottfried and Gisela Kolb Professor of Psychiatry

Popular Careers for Individuals with Dyslexia

Below we've listed some of the occupations that are often good fits for individuals with dyslexia. We've grouped these occupations by dominant MIND (Material, Interconnected, Narrative, Dynamic) strengths but please remember that this is only meant to be a rough guide. Most individuals with dyslexia will possess more than one MIND strength, and most of these occupations benefit from the contributions of several MIND strengths.

For Individuals with Strong Material Reasoning Skills (the abilities that help us reason about the physical or material world—that is, about the shape, size, motion, position or orientation in space of physical objects, and the ways that those objects interact)


  • Engineer
  • Mechanic
  • Construction (Electrician, Carpenter, Plumber, Contractor)
  • Mathematician
  • Interior designer/Industrial designer
  • Illustrator/Graphic Artist/Graphic Designer/Architectural Drafting
  • Architect
  • Medicine (Surgery, Radiology, Pathology, Cardiology)
  • Painter
  • Sculptor
  • Photographer
  • Filmmaker/Director
  • Landscaper
  • Sailor
  • Airplane Pilot
  • Orthodontist/Dentist/Dental Hygienist

For Individuals with Strong Interconnected Reasoning Skills (the ability to spot connections between different objects, concepts, or points of view)


  • Computer/Software Designer (networking, program/system architecture)
  • Scientist (Biologist (zoology, biochemistry, genetics), Chemist, Environmental Scientist, Geologist, Paleontologist, Physicist, Astronomer/Astrophysicist, etc.)
  • Naturalist/Environmentalist
  • Inventor
  • Museum Director
  • Clothing/Fashion Designer/Tailor/Seamstress
  • Dancer/Choreographer
  • Musician
  • Actor
  • History/Political Science/Sociology/Anthropology/Philosophy
  • Comedian
  • Nurse
  • Therapist (Physical, Occupational, Sports)
  • Trainer

For Individuals with Strong Narrative Reasoning Skills (the ability to construct a connected series of "mental scenes" from fragments of past personal experience which can be used to recall the past, explain the present, simulate potential future or imaginary scenarios, and test and grasp important concepts)


  • Poet/Songwriters
  • Novelist/Literature
  • Journalism
  • Screenwriter
  • Counseling/Psychology/Ministry
  • Coaching
  • Teaching
  • Public Speaking
  • Politician
  • Game/Video Game Designer
  • Attorney (Especially Litigation, Tax Law, Criminal Law/Defense or Prosecution, Arbitration)
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Public Relations

For Individuals With Strong Dynamic Reasoning Skills (the ability to accurately predict past or future states using episodic simulation. D-strengths are especially valuable for thinking about past or future states whose components are variable, incompletely known, or ambiguous, and for making practical or "best fit" predictions or working hypotheses in settings where precise answers aren't possible)


  • Entrepreneur
  • Chief Executive
  • Finance (Traders, Investors, Venture Capital)
  • Small Business Owner
  • Business Consulting
  • Logistics/Planning
  • Accounting (Tax Planning, Consulting, CFO)
  • Economics (especially Macroeconomics)
  • Doctor (Immunology, Rheumatology, Endocrinology, Oncology)
  • Farmers/Ranchers


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