What is Mathlexia?


To my surprise, “mathlexia” is actually a disorder, commonly known as dyscalculia.

The 1974 work of a Czechoslovakian researcher, Ladislav Kosc defines this disorder as

a structural disorder of mathematical abilities” caused by impairment to the parts of the brain used in mathematical calculations, without simultaneous impairment to one’s general mental abilities.

(In layman’s terms: You’re bad at math because parts of your brain aren’t working properly, but you’re not otherwise mentally handicapped.) It has also been referred to as “math dyslexia” and “math learning disability.”

The Urban Dictionary defines it a bit differently, “The inability to do math in your head.”

So if you’re not good at math you don’t necessarily have a learning disability. We all have our individual fortes and subjects that just tend to be overwhelming. Don’t fret about the small stuff!

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Ellen Wanamaker

Ellen Wanamaker is a retired dental hygienist, health and wellness educator, individual and small business tax/financial specialist, and author. If you are seeking to create and maintain a healthy physical and financial lifestyle, Ellen's contact information is available at her website www.ellenwanamaker.com.