Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
Here is what I think – our bodies are going through a great deal of changes on a daily, if not hourly, basis. Our brains are getting a lot of confusing input due to damaged nerves, and our nerves are having to work harder to do the same things that were easy before they were damaged.
Something I learned in college a thousand years ago has stuck in my mind “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs”. (go here to read about it in Wikipedia: [url]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maslow%27s_hierarchy[/url]) Personally I think Maslow was an idiot re: his perception that damaged people have a damaged psychology but the point of the hierarchy has kind of stuck with me. Right now we spend so much time trying to assure that our needs for physical wellbeing and safety are met we don’t have the time or energy to delve into higher order thinking. When I’m concentrating on not falling down, I’m certainly not thinking about when I’m going to be able to get back to work.
That being said, I’m not discounting the possibility that our lack of ability to concentrate, memory loss etc. might not have an organic origin – though I think I’d prefer to just think it’s because my body is too busy fighting this disease to spend time remembering long division. 😉