Thread subject: The Dyscalculia Forum :: Timelessness and time distortion?! anyone?
Posted by CheshireKat on December 11 2009 06:39 PM
I am actually great at estimating time as long as there is daylight. It's not that I pay particular attention to the position of the sun or try to measure it (and in fact I can't read a sundial to save my life) but something about the movement of the sun across the sky triggers my more "innate" or "natural" sense of the passage of time. If I'm laying out at the pool during the summer, for example, I can be out there for hours and always estimate the time within 5-10 minutes.
But at night, I am completely timeless. I will start reading or writing and think that an hour has passed, only to look at the clock and realize three hours have passed. Something about the lack of a natural "night clock" throws off my time estimation wildly. Maybe it has to do with the fact that biologically, our natural circadian rhythms dictate that we should be sleeping when it's dark so we shouldn't need to be able to estimate time? Or maybe I really am picking up on the sun a lot more than I think I am.
Either way, I can't read a clock to save my life but I can tell you what time it is with eerie accuracy if it's light out.