There’s much to be said of the logical. They move with purpose, they are exceptional at providing practical solutions to problems, and there’s no one better equipped to devise the systems that serve as the foundation for modern life. They can remain implacably neutral in tense situations, reminding everyone that cooler heads can and will prevail.
Yet just like the emotionally raw individual who is intensely empathetic and openly weeps at the drop of a hat, the world just isn’t tailored to support this way of being all of the time. It’s why we develop – or strive to develop – a balance of both logic and emotionality. Reason and compassion, wisdom and intuition.
Relying solely on logic can be as disastrous for your relationships as relying on your emotions can be for your career.
After all, can you really bring logic to a birthday party? Logic doesn’t tell us how to feel joyful or how to best comfort our loved ones. Logic can prevent us from moving on when our carefully-made plans fall through.
And when everything seems completely illogical, as will happen, the staunchly logical are left spinning their wheels. Some may even react in anger at the injustice of it all. It’s natural to be frustrated when things aren’t running smoothly, but for some people, life becomes unmanageable when logic isn’t front and center.
Let’s try and imagine logic versus intuition as a long scale line, each one being at opposite poles. The space between the two is grey, forming one big spectrum. We are all made up of different parts; we all sit at different points on the spectrum. Even each individual muscle in our body differs from person to person. Which one is stronger or weaker is largely dependent upon the frequency and manner in which it is used.
The same can be said regarding our logic and emotion. Often there is the need for one to be ‘louder’ than the other, depending on the circumstances. As with most things in life, balance is key – when, how much, how intense, and so on. When all of our actions and reactions are dictated using pure, unadulterated logic, things may not always turn out for the best, or even as logically as the means imply.
We need access to both every day. Let’s say you have a work deadline to adhere to. Your proposal is due the next day and you still aren’t finished. Logic correctly decides that deadline must be met. However, your in-law’s anniversary party is tonight. Logic tells you that putting food on your table and being on time for your report unquestionably takes precedence.
However, if you are able to allow the other end of the spectrum to have a say in the matter, you may consider virtuous principles such as family responsibility, kindness, and altruism.
The best decisions are made when all areas of the spectrum are recognized – logic and otherwise. This is how we make good choices. Being able to examine the emotional and social repercussions reaffirms that in this situation, logic rightfully won. And because you were able to consider the personal, emotional side, you are able to adequately and genuinely express your regret at not being able to attend the party. Ergo, you can live logically without alienating or offending people in your life.
But more often than we realize, it can be pure, unadulterated logic which governs our choices. It tricks us into neglecting the emotional needs and social mores, which in turn affects our relationships. This tendency is what Aspier calls ELP.
ELP stands for Excessive Logistical Processing. ELP presents with inflexibility and difficulty connecting socially, among other factors. Individuals working with ELP are often diagnosed with anxiety, OCD, ASD, or Asperger’s. This is because a rigidity syndrome like ELP can be one element of the bigger disorders. One, incidentally, that isn’t given adequate attention in therapy that’s designed to cast a net on top of such large, overarching disorders.
Still, those without any such diagnosis can certainly struggle with ELP. An tight adherence to facts or “rules”, trouble expressing emotion, difficulty building strong relationships, or an inability to pick up on social cues can all hold one back from experiencing life the way it’s meant to be – at times messy, emotional, and uncertain.
However, that’s not all. Traditional methods of therapy often leave ELP unresolved, which is why patients in treatment for disorders like anxiety don’t get anything resembling the complete recovery they might have envisioned when they began.
It isn’t that methods of treatment used in traditional therapy don’t work – thousands of people have seen great success with them. But with Aspier, well established models of CBT and ACT – which have not been used to treat Aspies – are reimagined and optimized to help individuals with or without an ASD diagnosis specifically overcome the kind of rigid, excessively logical thinking that prevents new doors from opening.
From computer programmers to lawyers, logic is indispensable to society. But having or benefitting from a logic-heavy career doesn’t provide a complete human experience. When ELP can finally be singled out and effectively treated, there’s no telling where one can go next. The big question will be – are you ready to enjoy it? Take the ELP Quiz