You know that you have to be somewhere today and you know that it’s at 11:30. The only problem is that it’s now 11:45 and you haven’t left the house.
You scored that big date you have been begging for with that one girl. She finally said yes, but you just got off the phone with her and she told you to never talk to her again because she thought you stood her up-which you did…you just didn’t realize it.
You see, tonight is Friday, not tomorrow.
You call someone and get lost in the conversation. You know that you have homework to do and you know that an assignment is due tomorrow. However, what you felt was only ten minutes actually turned out to be three and a half hours.
While everyone loses track of time occasionally, those who experience this on a regular basis experience difficulty with temporal cognition-myself included. This deals with the temporal lobe.
Temporal cognition deals with the flowing of time, but it’s tragic when that flow is distorted-or worse, doesn’t exist at all.
Now I understand why I was often a quarter of a beat early when I played metal in the 1980’s. My clock was different from those in the rest of the band!
And so it is with those who experience difficulty with temporal cognition.
In my own case, I tried to compensate by holding my chords just a moment longer, because I knew I had the tendency to change just a bit too fast. I’ll have to ask my best friend if ever did a decent job of that, but I think I know what the answer is going to be.
Oh, well! That was thirty years ago! How do I know? This is 2017 and I was in that band from 1985 to 1987. I just do the math (and carry the one).
So, girls, the next time that geek stands you up, it’s not that he’s a wuss. He probably has a problem with temporal cognition. Just give him a call and give him a second chance, because he probably already feels like crap as it already is.