Thom Hartmann's approach showing the differences between "Hunters" and "Farmers".
Taken from Thom Hartmann's book, "ADD: A Different Perception."
|Trait as it appears in the "Disorder" view:||How it appears in the "Hunter" view:||Opposite "Farmer" traits:|
|Attention spans short, but can become intensely focused for the long periods of time.||Constantly monitoring their environment.||Not easily distracted from the task at hand.|
|Poor planner: disorganized and impulsive (makes snap decisions).||Able to throw themselves into the chase on a moment's notice.||Able to sustain a steady, dependable effort.|
|Distorted sense of time: unaware of how long it will take to do something.||Flexible; ready to change strategy quickly.||Organized, purposeful. They have a long term strategy and they stick to it.|
|Impatient.||Tireless: capable of sustained drives, but only when "Hot on the trail" of some goal.||Conscious of time and timing. They get things done in time, pace themselves, have good "staying power."|
|Doesn't convert words into concepts adeptly, and vice versa. May or may not have a reading disability.||Visual/Concrete thinker, clearly seeing a tangible goal even if there are no words for it.||Patient. Aware that good thing takes time - willing to wait.|
|Has difficulty following directions.||Independent.||Team player.|
|Daydreamer.||Bored by mundane tasks; enjoy new ideas, excitement, "the hunt" being hot on the trial.||Focused. Good at follow-through, tending to details, "taking care of business."|
|Acts without considering consequences.||Willing and able to take risk and face danger.||Careful. "looking before you leap."|
|Lacking in the social graces.||"No time for niceties when there are decisions to be made!"||Nurturing; creates and supports community values; attuned to whether something will last.|