As both a private in-home martial arts instructor specializing in self-defense for seniors and the only in-home tutor covering all of Oahu with ADHD specializing in students with ADHD, I sometimes have unique theories to go with my unique background. Those of us with ADHD being the guardians of the tribe in ancient history is one of those unique thoughts. Here's why I believe people with ADHD were the guardians of the tribe…
ADHDers Enhanced Ability to See Patterns
We have increased alertness and awareness. People with ADHD are often more alert and aware of their surroundings than neurotypical people. This can be a major advantage in a combat situation, as it allows us to detect threats more quickly and react accordingly. I believe this is related to our ability to see patterns.
If there's a shift in the patterns of the trees, we'll see it before neurotypical people. Combined with our inability to let go of a problem, we have to investigate. It could be an enemy tribe.
One of the best compliments during sparring with a tournament champion I've ever had was,
“Always a chess match sparring you, Rick.”
What he meant by that was I would always tell him how he was most likely to attack me based on his weight placement and hand positions.
ADHDers Have an Enhanced Sense of Smell
A Vietnam veteran told me how the sense of smell increased in the jungle and how it actually saved him and his team from an ambush.
Not all of us have it. I happen to be one of those with ADHD with an enhanced sense of smell. Funny story about that, in church I was sitting next to a friend who also has ADHD. When I smelled rain, we both lifted our heads up and looked outside. No one else looked outside until the rain started.
ADHDers Have Trouble Sleeping
Who better to walk around at night guarding the village than someone who can't sleep and is hypersensitive to his/her surroundings?
ADHDers Are Hyperactive
Some of us, anyway. This energy can be used in battle with enemy tribes.
My Final Reason Why Us ADHDers Were the Guardians of the Tribe…
We eat dopamine like candy!
What is Dopamine?
Dopamine is a neurotransmitter and neurohormone that plays a vital role in the brain and body. It is produced by neurons in the substantia nigra, ventral tegmental area, and hypothalamus, and it is involved in a wide range of functions.
When you're in a fight, both adrenaline and dopamine are released into your bloodstream. This combination of hormones helps to prepare your body for action and gives you the energy and focus you need to defend yourself or flee from danger.
People with ADHD lack the amount of dopamine that neurotypical people have in their brain. Thus, the hyperactivity aspect of ADHD in an attempt to get more dopamine.
Because we actively seek dopamine, we're used to the effects and actually enjoy them. In the meantime, the enemy tribesmen or tribeswomen who are attacking are fearful for their lives. Meanwhile, us ADHDers are more relaxed, hyper-focused on our attacker during single combat and could even enjoy the rush of adrenaline and dopamine.
A Summary of Why People with ADHD Were the Guardians of the Tribe
- ADHDers Enhanced Ability to See Patterns
- ADHDers Have an Enhanced Sense of Smell
- We're Awake at Night
- We Love Our Dopamine
p>There you have my weird theory. I look forward to your comments and will even add them to the article if you request it.
About In-Home Tutor J. Richard Kirkham B.Sc.
Dual certified teacher J. Richard Kirkham is the only in-home tutor covering Honolulu Hawaii and all of Oahu with ADHD specializing in students with ADHD. He occasionally combines tutoring with martial arts training since research and Mr. Kirkham’s own experience demonstrate it improves control over ADHD.
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