Leonardo da Vinci was a world-renowned artist, architect, engineer, and much more. His creations from as far back as 1470 were revolutionary for his time and have impacted the world of today.
It’s hard to believe this incredible mind was also influenced by ADHD symptoms.
ADHD in Great Minds
Some evidence has shown that big names like Leonardo da Vinci, Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein all exhibited symptoms of ADHD in their lifetime. Einstein’s work table was always a mess of books and piles of paper. Picasso doodled in his notebook during class.
For da Vinci, research has shown that he had poor concentration and time management which resulted in procrastination.
Maybe that’s why he seems to have split his attention among all his scientific and artistic projects across many disciplines.
Being a polymath means being an expert in multiple fields. Da Vinci invented the flying machine, the parachute and the revolving bridge. He also painted the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper. He also discovered the frontal sinus and meningeal vessels in our brain.
Some believe that many of his masterpieces, like the Mona Lisa, are unfinished!
People in the Renaissance period looked down on the multitalented genius and his unconventional work. Much of his findings and research were unpublished, possibly as a result of this. When found, though, his work paved the way for air travel forever.
When we encounter bizarre or new ways of thinking, we may perceive it negatively. This is called a negative thought pattern. To shift into a more open-minded, positive thought pattern, we should be aware of our behaviour, emotions and thoughts surrounding new things.
Now direct that inwardly. Once we start to adjust our views on our own disorders and symptoms, we may reframe negative self thoughts into more neutral or even positive attitudes.
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