Quick aside - my father once told me I needed to learn algebra because I would need it in life, and when I retorted that I would NOT need it, he asked me what I would do when I needed to calculate something complex, and I said "I'll HIRE someone." I could hear my mother choking on her laughter from the next room.
Over the years, one friend (all male...not one female has ever attempted) after another has tried to teach me various mathematical concepts/skills, usually because I've asked a specific question. I say God Bless Them for trying, but it's largely a thankless job, because I generally find Math pretty silly, and giggle through an explanation, or I get frustrated and cry. I have simply learned to avoid asking about the how or why of calculations rather than face the emotions of trying to learn.
|Dad had a slide rule very much like this...sure wish I had a full sized one in a nice leather case again...|
Of course, his success went to his head, because this morning he decided to teach me why using 3/4" to the foot vs 1" to the foot scale was better, (because of how rulers are laid out), subconsciously thinking, I suppose, that he was able to explain the more complex concepts, so this should be a breeze! FOOL! First of all, don't try to explain anything to me first thing in the morning, because I am NOT a morning person even a little bit. Wait until the afternoon and I will be FAR more receptive. Same goes for sex or anything else you want. Generally, give me a few hours (NOT minutes) to thoroughly wake up. More importantly, though, if you have had a successful discussion with me involving math, LEAVE IT ALONE.
Let me explain how mathematical discussions effect my system. Are you familiar with Mimosa Pudica, aka "The Sensitive Plant"? That's what I become after very brief exposure to anything regarding math. I need time to recover, so don't expect me to react in any fashion but a rapid flinching away if you come back too soon. It's just best to wait for me to ask again. Please. 'Cause I really do appreciate learning about this stuff, I just have to take it in very small doses.
Mimosa Pudica in action