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  1. The question is turned upside down. It's not from doing math or programming or anything else that people become introverts. The fact that they are introverts often leads them to these areas.

    Unfortunately, mental disorders are not a guarantee that you will be able to successfully engage in scientific activities. But if you have developed compensatory mechanisms, some of them can help you do science. Some will leave this option as the only possible one for you.

  2. All theorists of all sciences and arts-too long immersed in the world of abstractions and disconnected from the real world of real people – this leaves some insignificant imprint. In the criminal chronicle, they practically do not fall.

    The representatives of applied sciences and arts are very harmoniously and positively developed.

    Very serious “problems with the head” are very often and acutely observed in people who are not cultured and illiterate, leading an unhealthy lifestyle. They are the main characters of the criminal chronicle.

  3. ALL people and animals are already born with a very good stock of mathematical knowledge – to successfully solve the general problems of survival and development.

    All the main branches of mathematics are systematically applied by humans and animals to systematically solve a huge number of problems “making operational optimal decisions on all vital tasks”.

    What theoretical mathematicians study has emerged from practice and is also applied there.

  4. Human vital activity is provided by internal organs that are located more in the abdomen. Their work is provided by energy centers that are also located in this area. With high mental activity, especially when working with abstract objects, part of the energy is taken up by the brain, and this weakens the normal functioning of internal organs. A believer or practitioner of meditation and other energy practices can replenish the missing energy. If the mathematician is far from all this, then a strong outflow of energy to the head inevitably negatively affects the entire body.

  5. You haven't seen the physicists yet. What mathematicians perceive as speculative models that are fun to play with, physicists perceive as a description of the real world. That is, a mathematician can simply speculate about a six-dimensional Athenian manifold in 18-dimensional space and study its properties, without even trying to imagine what it looks like. And the physicist says: “Yes, exactly, this is how we live, I can see it clearly. ” This is crazy!

  6. I don't care. There is no reason to talk about any increased share of “aggressors and monsters” among mathematicians. As for the “aggressors”, their share among mathematicians is probably lower than the average for the population.

    If we forget about mythical monsters and aggressors, then mathematics, like theophysics, is attractive to schizoids. (Schizoid is not a disease, but a personality type.) Simply because schizoids like to deal with complex abstractions. However, this does not mean that most mathematicians are schizoids, or that most schizoids are mathematicians.

    Schizoidness contributes to a passion for mathematics and, at the same time, originality of thinking. If intelligence is added to all this, schizoidness will help you achieve significant results in mathematics. If the intelligence is not enough, it will just be a crank with strange ideas. Well-known mathematicians with schizoid traits include Perelman and Shafarevich, for example.

    Since the proportion of schizoids among mathematicians is overestimated, and schizoids themselves are perceived by ” normal people “(first of all, by all sorts of hysteroids and hystero-epileptoids, who make up more than half of any population) as people “with oddities” and “eccentricities”, then “mathematicians in general” can be perceived as oddities. However, even without any schizoidness, the interests and behavior of an intelligent person (and there are no completely stupid mathematicians: they are eliminated) may well seem “strange” to a fool. But aggressive monsters they can only seem to some dvoeshnik, “tortured” by a school teacher or university teacher of an incomprehensible subject.

  7. Among my friends and acquaintances in mathematics, I did not see a single aggressor, much less a monster. Most often, these are very intelligent and pleasant people, often quite sensual and refined natures. Most of them are freedom-loving, like free-thinking and prefer democracy. What is not surprising, however: the higher the intelligence, the more inclined a person is to love freedom, so there are very few people among intellectuals who are inclined to support totalitarian regimes. This is one of the reasons, if not the main one, why the intelligentsia was expelled or destroyed during the October Revolution. But I digress… The general idea of my post is this: mathematicians are some of the nicest people on the planet. If you managed to get one as a friend or husband, then most likely you are very lucky.

  8. This sounds very strange, and it was a discovery for me, but mathematicians regarding non-mathematicians really went.
    The fact is that mathematical language is also a language, oddly enough, and when you start speaking and thinking in it, your consciousness changes (“Arrival”, hello!). From the outside, it looks like ruthlessness, callousness and problems with the head, but it's just that in accordance with the new laws, priorities, values and way of thinking have changed.

  9. In this formulation, the question is really incorrect. Aggression, monsters.. It's all past. Personally, I would describe most of the available features with the adjective “lunar”. For some reason, among the mathematicians I know, there are many such absent-minded people who often soar in the clouds, instead of making a short action. I'm just like that myself. But I wouldn't consider myself an extreme case. There are also more lunar ones among my friends)

    Well, in general, I would shift the focus to something else. In my opinion, in mathematics, an interesting combination of the need to think very abstractly, but also very clearly at the same time. On the one hand, there is a lot of `technology”, and on the other, a lot of art. It's not easy for scientists to start being considered a creative profession. Математ Mathematician – – – this is a very broad category of people. And their activities are very different. Therefore, professional deformity affects these people.�

    1) Someone needs to solve a not very wide range of very specific tasks in order to predict sales, for example.

    2) Someone comes up with algorithms for trading on the stock exchange. And here the imagination is more. Because it's as if you need to come up with an idea that won't occur to thousands of other people doing the same thing. Well, or it will not come to everyone. But fantasy must be diluted with a large amount of common sense. There must be an understanding of probability and statistics to assess the prospects of the idea.�

    3) Someone proves theorems. And someone for this purpose sits in the office in silence for months. And some people spend a lot of time communicating with different colleagues every day, collecting recommendations from them in the spirit of “and here the idea described in this article can help” and in fact avoiding the reclusive stage described above. These two types of research mathematicians probably end up being able to solve different classes of problems. And that's fine.�

    4) There are teachers of mathematics. Which try to form a large number of connections in their wards in the brain. To do this, you need to know the subject inside and out, know many interesting examples, and keep in mind many typical logical chains of reasoning.

    5) Among those who are usually called programmers, there are also many mathematicians in fact. Programming as a tool. The emphasis in complexity is shifted to inventing an algorithm. This is closer to what is described in point 2.�

    As you can see, the field of activity of mathematicians is very diverse, which finally buries attempts to briefly characterize us all.

  10. It is not through science that people acquire any mental illnesses. Personal and genetic predispositions, living conditions, and other factors contribute to this.
    To be honest, the question is more literary than relevant to society. Personally, I've never met aggressive mathematicians in real life, not even in movies. In any case, now there are practically no “pure”, absolute, mathematicians. Most often, people who understand the exact sciences understand others as well. In this case, the well-known expression is appropriate:”A talented person is talented in everything.” Therefore, the noun “mathematician” does not mean anything at all.

  11. I'll try to explain it in my own way.

    Imagine that thanks to the knowledge of genetics it is theoretically possible to become a superhero and you strive for this you study everything from chemistry to computational genetics at one point you are told that you are crazy and not sane thinking for a mathematician in a toga the way your efforts are treated very disrespectfully and biased you turn the arrows on them in every possible way etc you're basically close to completing your dream but then you see the proof that it's not possible the feeling of a cut-but would you just scribble on paper like an idiot and what's there to do how not to go crazy while you don't want to believe the truth even though you're a mathematician ) who would like to recognize the efforts of 20 or 40 years in vain they can certainly make other more useful discoveries for people but they should be concerned about this in your opinion ? he simply lived his life in vain by doing a stupid act in which he acquired knowledge of mathematics and other disciplines that turned out to be useless there is nothing left to do… well, of course, he will not stop believing in his idea and just become obsessed with it there is nothing to be done there will be depression, schizophrenia, mood swings, etc.

    This is not the kind of life I would wish on an enemy.

    Of course, this is not the exact reason why a person becomes insane.

    It is unlikely that even a psychologist or a psychosurgeon will do anything here…

    But I still believe that at least one mathematician will live a full and beautiful life, and I hope there will be fewer such cases in the future.

  12. Mathematics is a transcendental “science”, it is located in the non-human experience, so “thinking” and “mental chewing gum” are closer to people who are strange, to put it diplomatically.

  13. math is precise and requires logic in everything. logic, rationality, critical thinking – it's great.

    mathematicians consider the logical and justified to be correct; and the illogical, impulsive, and unfounded to be wrong, vicious, and deserving of “correction ;-)”.

    human society-has a lot of illogic, impulsiveness and even outright stupidity.

    when you are engaged in exact sciences, such inaccuracies and illogicalities in society become obvious.

    but if you consider that most people do not like to strain the gray matter in their head and constantly commit these very stupid things, then it is unbearable for people to look at it without “pain”.

    and when you tell ordinary people that they are wrong, then ordinary people trigger a “defense mechanism” in the form of accusations of cruelty, despotism, tyranny, insanity, while these ordinary people themselves act like real madmen, which is now mainstream.

  14. I would not single out mathematicians.
    Sometimes a person is madly passionate about his business so that the rest seems so insignificant, and maybe even despicable. There were and still are people (to find the right word) very strange, even somewhat dangerous among scientists of different fields, musicians, writers, artists. The type of activity does not play a decisive role.

    There is a situation like this: people who have not found contact with the outside world due to character traits or some mental abnormalities go headlong into the field of knowledge or art, where they can really express themselves.

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