17 Things Only Slow People Would Understand (2022)

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Have you been called a “slowpoke”, a “sloth”, or just plain “slow?” Have you ever been told to “speed up”, “hurry up”, “think fast”, or “spit it out”? If you have, this article is for you! You’re slow, you’re good at being slow, and you’re probably better off for it! This may be a fast-paced world, but you know that the quick way isn’t always the best way. Here are 15great reasons why you may be “slow.”

You Make Sure Everything is Correct

I learned within 10 minutes at my first job at Burger King that I would never make a good drive-thru “pusher.” I was just too slow! I knew how upset people got when their order was incorrect, and I think I spent 3 precious minutes bobbing my head up and down between the food in the carry-out bag and the overhead order screen. Management quickly sent me back to front cashier. Slow people can be very methodical.

You Want Everything to Be Perfect

Slow people can also be perfectionists. This means it may take a long time to get the results, but they will be fantastic when you finally get them! The last person to finish tests is often the person who is carefully checking answers. I was one of those students who spent hours on my homework each night but also got straight A’s throughout my school career.

You’re Waiting for the Right Timing

If you’re slow, methodical, AND a perfectionist, you are also likely to be a procrastinator. You know you’re not a slacker — you have very good intentions — you’re just afraid that your project may take a very long time. In fact, this very article is past the due date! The best thing for you slow, perfectionistic, procrastinators like me is to make sure you break those projects into manageable chunks and then schedule them in throughout the week, reworking your timing as needed. If you can manage your time, you can put that perfectionism to great use!

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You Are in “the Zone”

Do people complain that you are slow at correspondence? This may be because you find responding to e-mails, phonecalls, and texts very disruptive! I often find that I get into a flow throughout the day, and responding to a “very important” phonecall or e-mail can throw a wrench in my productivity machine. I feel much more at ease when I can sit down and respond to all my e-mails at once.

You Give Your Full Attention

I also much prefer completing one project at a time, which I’ve discovered is actually better for you! Studies show that in order to multitask you actually need to split your brain activity, which means less focus and less efficiency! Remember that on your next job interview! Finally, I’m uncomfortable answering the phone if I know my mind won’t be fully present. This may make us the wrong choice as an emergency contact, but it makes us the right person for a heart-to-heart conversation. When we talk with others, they know that we have time for them, and we’re not checking our e-mail while we’re doing it.

You Choose Your Words Carefully

Unfortunately, those who can spit out rapid-fire responses get noticed, while those with well-developed answers get the shaft!Introverts in particular take quite a long time to process information. They run their thoughts through a complex system of tests and tweaks before they are satisfied enough to share their response. So, often others think they have nothing to say! If you are one of those big analyzers, be sure to say, “Let me think on that a minute,” so that others know that you are still forming your response. Also, remember to find a healthy balance. Rapid-firers may regret speaking before thinking, but deep thinkers can fall into the trap of over-thinking.

You Think More Deeply

Not only do you spend quite a bit of time analyzing, you may go pretty deep with your thinking, too. You prefer profound thoughts to small talk, and there is so much knowledge and learning to consider! Deep thinkers may not be the life of the party, but if you ask the right questions — you might open Pandora’s box!

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You’re a Good Listener

Or maybe you’re not deep in thought. Maybe you’re actually listening! Many people aren’t good listeners because they’re not giving their full attention to the person who is speaking; they’re too busy formulating what they will say next. Good listeners still their minds and do not form a response until the other person is finished. These are the people that you really want to talk with because you know they’ll hear everything you have to say.

You Consider All of Your Options

Some may call you indecisive . . . but how about open-minded? I’m sometimes the last person to place my order because I won’t settle for “the usual.” I’m brave enough to try something new but conscientious enough to thoroughly read the menu and try to make my best choice.

You’re An Artist

When it was time to go out, and I was running behind I used to joke to my partner that I was having a “girl moment.” Truthfully, I was getting my inner artist on! I would experiment with make-up, adding a little of this and taking away a little of that, looking at my face from every angle in the mirror. And I would sometimes change my whole outfit 5 or 6 times because I just couldn’t find the top to match the bottom. And then it was accessories, accessories, accessories! That’s also why we spend so much time trying on clothes? We know what looks good, and we’re not stopping ’til we find it!

You Enjoy Your Food

Are you considered a “slow-eater”? Good for you! This is much better for your health. As a classroom teacher, by the time I made it to lunch after wrapping up for the morning, I usually had 10-15 minutes to shovel down food. During a visit to my chiropractor I asked about my issues with bloating, and I was amazed by the simplicity of his response: “Chew your food more slowly.” Sure enough, my condition improved immediately after I changed my eating style! Besides allowing your stomach to more properly digest your food, you slow-eaters are more likely to enjoy your food. You’ll have more time to taste it, to smell it. Slow-eating is encouraged to help prevent over-eating, as well. If I’m craving a cookie, and I’ve crammed it down my throat, my body has missed the satisfying taste and smell, and I’m more likely to grab another one. Slowing down your eating also gives your stomach a chance to catch up with your eyes! Those who eat more slowly are more likely to recognize when their stomach is full and to stop eating when they are satisfied.

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You Want to Fully Get Something

How much do you remember of those tests you crammed for? How much did you really get from that article you skimmed? I enjoy a book much more when I take my time reading it. I get a lot more out of a movie when I rewind parts that I missed. The more you slow down, the more you understand.

You Care

Which gifts do you appreciate the most and remember the longest — the ones that took two seconds to buy or the ones that took careful thought and much effort? Some people will go on a hunt until they find that perfect gift. Others make them, infusing their precious time and love into their gifts. This past Christmas my dad’s gift to me was a beautiful miniature stained glass window of lighthouses (my favorite image) that he had created himself. You can be sure that will stay in my window for the rest of my life.

You’re in the Moment

Do people complain that you walk too slowly, run too slowly, ride too slowly, or drive too slowly? Besides being a safer person, you are also more likely to be relaxed and in the moment! Think about those “Sunday drivers” that drive you crazy — or maybe you’ve been one of them! Why do they drive so slowly? They are relaxed. They are not rushing to work or to an appointment. They are spending the day with family and friends, in a state of peace, doing the things they love. Isn’t that a great place to be?

You Enjoy the View

When you take a brisk walk through the park, do you remember the flowers that you passed? Do you catch the birds that fly overhead? I’ve found that I can’t remember much of what I did on the days that I rushed from place to place, and I don’t see any of the trail when I’m biking for speed. My mom is notorious for lagging behind on nature walks because she stops every few feet to take pictures! She says that taking pictures has opened up a whole new world for her. She sees things that she never would have noticed before.

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You Want to Be Safe

There’s nothing wrong with slowing down and leaving yourself enough time to get where you want to go. I’d prefer to be safe and read a book for a bit if I arrive somewhere early. If people are honking behind you or passing you left and right — so what? I’ll bet you have a great driving record and are less likely to be found in a ditch on those bad weather days!

You’re Worth the Wait

So what that you’re the last one ready, the last one to speak, or the last one done? You’re worth it! You take your time, you do it right, and it turns out well. You’re a happier, more relaxed person, a genuine listener, a dependable employee, and you look amazing!

So, the next time someone tells that you are slow, take it as a compliment! Know that by slowing things down you are enjoying the view and keeping your life from speeding on by.

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FAQs

What is a slow person? ›

adjective. Someone who is slow is not very clever and takes a long time to understand things. He got hit on the head and he's been a bit slow since.

Why are some people slow? ›

Some people may have a genetic predisposition to age-related white matter decay, a poorly understood but actively studied hypothesis. In other individuals, slowed processing speed could be the first sign of a neurodegenerative illness, such as Alzheimer's disease. Head trauma, including concussions, may play a role.

How do I know if Im slow? ›

The slow person
  1. Slow people don't need the rush to find what they want.
  2. They love being in nature much more.
  3. They need more time to learn new things.
  4. They're good listeners.
  5. The look carefully if everything is correct.
  6. They're the last person who finishes things.
  7. Doing their projects takes more time.
  8. Everything must be perfect.

How do I stop being slow minded? ›

Here are some of the best ways to make thinking not just faster, but also more efficient and accurate as well.
  1. Make Minor, Unimportant Decisions Fast. ...
  2. Practice Doing Things You Are Good At, Faster. ...
  3. Stop Trying to Multitask. ...
  4. Get Plenty of Sleep. ...
  5. Stay Cool. ...
  6. Meditate. ...
  7. Play a Musical Instrument. ...
  8. Give Your Brain a Mental Workout.
Jul 10, 2020

Are slow learners dumb? ›

The two stories are a proof that slow learners are not necessarily 'dumb', 'losers, or 'weak'. Some of them may have specific learning disabilities. Others may need a non-threatening and safe learning environment or just a little encouragement to pick up.

Can you be smart slow? ›

Some who is intelligent but very shy can seem dull, or very slow to speak as they have to build confidence before they speak and even between words etc. [...] But a lot of your question is not time related but behaviour/habit type related like the way they look or breathe or their speech habits.

What do you call a slow thinker? ›

dim-witted, doltish, dopey. (also dopy), dorky.

Why being slow is important? ›

“Slower, it turns out, often means better - better health, better work, better business, better family life, better exercise, better cuisine and better sex.” Carl Honoré, "In Praise of Slow".

What does it mean to be mentally slow? ›

Intellectual disability (ID), once called mental retardation, is characterized by below-average intelligence or mental ability and a lack of skills necessary for day-to-day living. People with intellectual disabilities can and do learn new skills, but they learn them more slowly.

Does slow processing speed mean low IQ? ›

Processing speed is how long it takes someone to get something done. Some people take longer to process information than others. Slow processing speed isn't related to intelligence.

Why is my brain so slow? ›

This can be caused by overworking, lack of sleep, stress, and spending too much time on the computer. On a cellular level, brain fog is believed to be caused by high levels inflammation and changes to hormones that determine your mood, energy and focus.

Is it OK to be a slow runner? ›

Running is the same no matter how fast or slow you are

That's the beauty of our sport. There is no difference between the runner who breaks 30 minutes for the 5k for the first time and the one that breaks 16 minutes. Both worked hard, sacrificed to achieve their goal, and experienced the same challenges.

At what age is your brain the sharpest? ›

What age is your mind the sharpest? The human brain attains peak processing power and memory around age 18. After studying how intelligence changes over time, scientists found that participants in their late teens had the highest performance.

How do I become mentally sharp? ›

13 Brain Exercises to Help Keep You Mentally Sharp
  1. Try puzzles.
  2. Play cards.
  3. Build vocabulary.
  4. Dance.
  5. Use your senses.
  6. Learn a new skill.
  7. Teach a skill.
  8. Listen to music.
Aug 7, 2019

What is the difference between fast and slow thinking? ›

Fast thinking (system 1): which is automatic, intuitive, error-prone and used for most common decisions. This is by far the majority of how we think each day. Slow thinking (system 2): which is effortful, reasoned, more reliable and used for complex decisions.

What is the IQ of a slow learner? ›

The slow learner is generally considered as a student who achieves a full-scale score between 70 to 85 (or 89) on formal IQ testing. This range of IQ is thus considered as a borderline intellectual disability (cognitive impairment) or low average intellectual capability.

What are the characteristics of a slow learner? ›

The typical characteristics of a slow learner are found to be as follows:
  • Learning issues. Slow learners tend to learn slower and are, in most cases, unable to retain what they learn. ...
  • Social issues. ...
  • Auditory issues. ...
  • Visual-motor issues. ...
  • Language issues.
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Is being slow a disability? ›

It's not unusual for gifted students to have slow processing speed. Of itself, slow processing speed is not a formal learning disability, but having it can frustrate students, teachers, and parents.

Are slow thinkers smarter? ›

But there are many ways that intelligence benefits more with slow thinkers than quick thinkers. Slow thinking intelligent individuals end up being much more careful and precise than their faster peers.

How do I know if I have a high IQ? ›

Four things that indicate high intelligence in a person. Being open to experience, cooperative, happy and having strong perceptual skills are all signs that you have a high IQ, psychological research finds. Of these, being open to experience is a particularly strong sign…

Are slow readers less intelligent? ›

Research1 has found that the greater vocabulary you have, the faster you are able to read. So generally, faster readers may have greater language skill and vocabulary. The researchers advise that if you want to learn to read faster, 'become a more skilled language user (e.g. through increased vocabulary).

Why is slow thinking good? ›

Research on judgment and decision making has suggested that the System 2 process of slow thinking can help people to improve their decision making by reducing well-established statistical decision biases (including base rate neglect, probability matching, and the conjunction fallacy).

Are fast thinkers smarter? ›

For decades other researchers pursued Galton's basic idea—speed equals smarts. While many recent tests have found no consistent relationship, some have demonstrated a weak but unmistakable correlation between short reaction times and high scores on intelligence tests.

Is Slow life better? ›

Living a slow and simple life just feels good—great even. You have less stress and anxiety because you're not trying to do everything. This can result in huge boosts to your mental health.

Is Slow living good? ›

The benefits of slow living

more happiness: slowing down makes you appreciate your blessings and the little things in your everyday life. better health: when you slow down, you're better managing the anxiety and stress that comes with a furious schedule.

Why it's better to take things slow? ›

You can take it slow and keep things interesting. “Taking it slow gives you a chance to get to know one another and see if you have similar interests and enjoy spending time together,” says Elisa Gizzo, an associate marriage and family therapist at Andrea Cornell Marriage and Family Therapy in New York City.

What are the 4 intellectual disabilities? ›

Experts divide the types of cognitive impairment into four categories: mild intellectual disability, moderate intellectual disability, severe intellectual disability, and profound intellectual disability.

What causes low IQ in a child? ›

What are the causes of mental subnormality? Mental retardation could occur due to genetic causes such as metabolic disorders, deficiency of metabolic enzymes, hypothyroidism, syndromes such as Down's syndrome, Fragile-X syndrome, Prader-Willi syndrome.

What are the five causes of mental retardation? ›

Causes of Mental Retardation?
  • Various genetic disorders like Down's Syndrome.
  • Certain maternal infections (rubella)during pregnancy.
  • Alcohol abuse during pregnancy.
  • Certain psycho social.
  • Drug abuse during pregnancy.
  • Maternal exposure to environmental chemicals.

Can you have a high IQ with low working memory? ›

Having a high IQ with a lower working memory means that that child needs to learn the strategies that go with supporting the lower working memory. Now, the trick here is if his IQ is in the 90th percentile or above and his working memory is in the 75th percentile, his working memory is still way above average.

Does anxiety slow processing speed? ›

When any of us feel anxious, we freeze for a moment. During that time, we're not processing information as fast as we might otherwise be. We may take longer to respond, make decisions or size up situations. That's how anxiety can impact processing speed.

Why do I feel like Im dumber? ›

Brain fog can be a symptom of a nutrient deficiency, sleep disorder, bacterial overgrowth from overconsumption of sugar, depression, or even a thyroid condition. Other common brain fog causes include eating too much and too often, inactivity, not getting enough sleep, chronic stress, and a poor diet.

At what age do you start slowing down? ›

New study says decline begins in our 50s

By the time you reach your 50s, your strength, balance and endurance are already beginning to wane — much earlier than previously thought, according to a new study.

What does mental fog feel like? ›

Dr. Hafeez explains that brain fog symptoms can include feeling tired, disoriented or distracted; forgetting about a task at hand; taking longer than usual to complete a task; and experiencing headaches, memory problems, and lack of mental clarity.

Do long slow runs make you faster? ›

When you're running slowly, your body is increasing its mitochondria and capillary production and making it easier for you to run faster the next time you face a hard training run or race. It's laying the groundwork you need to improve as a runner.

Why is running slow so hard? ›

Why Is Running Slow So Hard? - YouTube

Why do I run so slow in my dreams? ›

“If you feel that your legs are moving slowly, then you feel that there is something resisting your progress in waking life.” So, if you're into dream interpretation, you're running so slowly because you're being held back in real life… which is pretty depressing.

What intelligence decreases with age? ›

Crystallized intelligence is the ability to use knowledge that was previously acquired through education and experience. Fluid intelligence declines with age, while crystallized intelligence is maintained or improved.

What age does IQ peak? ›

The European study, which was released this week, found evidence that we tend to hit our cognitive maximum around age 35 and remain there until about age 45, at which point a long, slow decline takes hold.

How can I use 100% of my brain? ›

Here are some of them:
  1. Exercise. When we do physical exercise, the brain is also exercised. ...
  2. Sleep. When there is a lack of sleep, the brain cannot function at its best. ...
  3. Don't steal time from social life and fun. ...
  4. Manage stress. ...
  5. Eat well. ...
  6. Train the brain.
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Which exercise is best for brain? ›

Brain-boosting exercises
  1. Aerobic exercise. Regular aerobic exercise boosts blood flow to your brain, and also boosts the size of your hippocampus, the part of your brain that's involved in verbal memory and learning, Small says. ...
  2. Weight training. ...
  3. Yoga. ...
  4. Tai chi.
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Why are some people slow? ›

Some people may have a genetic predisposition to age-related white matter decay, a poorly understood but actively studied hypothesis. In other individuals, slowed processing speed could be the first sign of a neurodegenerative illness, such as Alzheimer's disease. Head trauma, including concussions, may play a role.

Is it better to think slow or fast? ›

We use both fast and slow thinking when we process information and make decisions, according to Kahneman, but we tend to avoid slow thinking when we can. Slow thinking is more work for our brain and consumes more resources. Fast thinking enables us to get through the day by handling routine decisions with minimum fuss.

What is Type 2 thinking? ›

System 2 is the more “analytical,” “deliberate” and “rational” side to the thinking process. It is pieced together by logical judgment and a mental search for additional information acquired through past learning and experience.

What does it mean to be slow mentally? ›

Intellectual disability (ID), once called mental retardation, is characterized by below-average intelligence or mental ability and a lack of skills necessary for day-to-day living. People with intellectual disabilities can and do learn new skills, but they learn them more slowly.

How can you tell if someone is mentally slow? ›

Learning and developing more slowly than other children same age. Rolling over, sitting up, crawling, or walking much later than developmentally appropriate. Difficulty communicating or socializing with others. Lower than average scores on IQ tests.

Is it okay to be a slow person? ›

“Slower, it turns out, often means better - better health, better work, better business, better family life, better exercise, better cuisine and better sex.” Carl Honoré, "In Praise of Slow".

What does it mean to be slow minded? ›

A feebleminded person has a feeble, or weak, mind. To be feebleminded is to be mentally slow. People with an IQ below a certain number are feebleminded in a technical sense. But this word is used more often for people who act dumb without the benefit of a medical excuse.

Are slow learners intelligent? ›

The average IQ of a child should be between 85 to 110. So, if a child's IQ is less than 85, then he/she is regarded as a slow learner. This means that there is a general slowness in the system. On an IQ continuum, some of these kids are educable, some are trainable and some are less intelligent.

Does depression make you slow? ›

You may feel forgetful, slowed, or inattentive if you have depression. These cognitive symptoms may be signs of CD, or brain fog, a common symptom of depression.

What do you call a person who is slow mentally? ›

feeble-minded

adjectivelacking normal mental powers. dim-witted. dull. dumb. half-witted.

What are the 4 intellectual disabilities? ›

Experts divide the types of cognitive impairment into four categories: mild intellectual disability, moderate intellectual disability, severe intellectual disability, and profound intellectual disability.

What are three signs of intellectual disability? ›

What are some of the signs of intellectual disability?
  • sit up, crawl, or walk later than other children.
  • learn to talk later, or have trouble speaking.
  • find it hard to remember things.
  • have trouble understanding social rules.
  • have trouble seeing the results of their actions.
  • have trouble solving problems.

Why is slowness important? ›

Overall, slowing down will help you make better decisions, connect deeper with people, have more meaningful experiences, all while improving your mental well-being by avoiding burnout. You may go slower, but you will go further.

Why is going slow important? ›

But running slowly also allows your body to improve the energy system most essential to running: your aerobic energy system. Your body relies on a few different energy systems to get you up and moving. For any sustained movement, it uses your aerobic energy system, meaning it creates energy with oxygen.

How do you become a slow person? ›

Here's how to do it.
  1. Do less. It's hard to slow down when you are trying to do a million things. ...
  2. Be present. It's not enough to just slow down — you need to actually be mindful of whatever you're doing at the moment. ...
  3. Disconnect. ...
  4. Focus on people. ...
  5. Appreciate nature. ...
  6. Eat slower. ...
  7. Drive slower. ...
  8. Find pleasure in anything.

Are slow readers less intelligent? ›

Research1 has found that the greater vocabulary you have, the faster you are able to read. So generally, faster readers may have greater language skill and vocabulary. The researchers advise that if you want to learn to read faster, 'become a more skilled language user (e.g. through increased vocabulary).

Is being slow a disability? ›

It's not unusual for gifted students to have slow processing speed. Of itself, slow processing speed is not a formal learning disability, but having it can frustrate students, teachers, and parents.

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