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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 9781594630798 | 304 pages | 18 Aug 2011 | Hudson Street Press | 9.25 x 6.25in | 18 - AND UP
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Two neurolearning experts reveal the hidden benefits of having a dyslexic brain.

In this paradigm-shifting book, neurolearning experts Drs. Brock and Fernette Eide describe an exciting new brain science that reveals that dyslexic people have unique brain structure and organization. While the differences are responsible for certain challenges with literacy and reading, the dyslexic brain also gives a predisposition to important skills, and special talents.

While dyslexics typically struggle to decode the written word, they often also excel in such areas of reasoning as mechanical (required for architects and surgeons), interconnected (artists and inventors); narrative (novelists and lawyers), and dynamic (scientists and business pioneers). The Dyslexic Advantage provides the first complete portrait of dyslexia.

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"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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