Math Lapsus: Experiences & Reflections

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In summary, PF had a math lapse where she was not able to differentiate between x^{1/3} and x^{2/3}. This might be indicative of a problem with her mental health or it could just be a normal part of aging. Borek will be sending her a private message to discuss her situation further.
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Two days ago I met what I define as a math lapsus: a sudden moment when my self image about what I am capable to do in this ground stumbled. It was half a minute space where I was not capable to achieve differentiation of ##y=x^{1/3}##. Of course, it is ##\dfrac{1}{3x^{2/3}}##. I'm not in a bad shape, so I guess is something some of you share, or have experienced. Did anybody of you have had this weird lapsus?
 
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We can't provide diagnoses of medical conditions, but just for clarification, does this only happen with math? Or are there other occasions where you have this type of lapse in general activities?
 
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Brain farts, senior moments, whatever you choose to call them - get used to it :wink:
 
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Does this belong to medical issues? I compare it with another field: some kind of lapsus linguae. In general, I keep things on track, that is my opinion: but, in response to you, I confess that ultimately I've experienced other of a kind disruption: ocasional stutterings.
I will contextualize myself: the older of four sons, 59 years old, good family conditions, health and mental things, they could surely be better...

@berkeman, thanks for your feed-back. I might take it serious, just to check it out. As this forum knows, I have psicologic advice once a month. I will report these low level failures to Vera, the woman that listen me and knows better than this forum. This thread might be another thing to share with Vera.
Love, PF
 
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@berkeman, thanks for your feed-back. I might take it serious, just to check it out. As this forum knows, I have psicologic advice once a month. I will report these low level failures to Vera, the woman that listen me and knows better than this forum.
Yes, it would be good to mention to your doctor when you get a chance. As Borek says, it can be quite normal, or it could indicate something else. I'll send you a PM.
 
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Keep a diary. It is better than your memory when you discuss this with your physician.
 
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