Why is dyslexia discouraging and frustrating to the dyslexic learner?
This is particularly true for those who develop perfectionistic expectations to deal with their anxiety. As a result, the dyslexic learner feels chronically inadequate.
The dyslexic learner’s performance varies from day to day; confusing to dyslexic as well as others in his/her environment.
This is the most frequent emotional symptom reported by dyslexic adults. They are fearful because they anticipate failure; thus leading to anxiety. With anxiety, comes avoidance behavior; and hence often dyslexics are labeled as lazy or apathetic
Frustration with school or social situations often leads to anger. A dyslexic may feel Angry with school and parents and it is very common for dyslexics to vent anger on parents esp. mothers in the safety of the home.
A dyslexic often has poor self image :
when he succeed, he attributes it to luck,
when he fails, he thinks he is stupid
Research shows that feelings of inferiority develops by the age of ten
Dyslexics have a higher risk of depression, often having negative thoughts about themselves
They sometimes view world negatively and has trouble imagining anything positive about the future
Problems with social relationships
Dyslexics tend to be physically and socially immature in comparison to their peers. This social immaturity often leads to awkward social situations. Often they are teased and ostracized by schoolmates as a result of their learning difficulty.
Some dyslexics have difficulty with reading social cues such as personal distance and body language which is a disadvantage as they enter adolescence.