Inductive Reasoning Issues

Inductive reasoning is the ability to put pieces of information together to form meaning. But what does it mean in practical terms? This might be best demonstrated in describing what its absence means for those with inductive reasoning issues (IRI).
People who struggle with inductive reasoning:

  • See all the details.
  • Can’t group detailed information to form meaning—everything is taken as a separate piece of information.
  • Can’t recognize similar body cues having the same meaning—each situation and each person is new. They don’t note the similarity of body cues from one time to another for one individual unless they have known the person a long time. They don’t recognize similar body cues from two different people having the same feelings. 
  • Won’t know the feeling the body cues are expressing.
  • Don’t transfer information from one similar situation to another, so it seems as if they don’t learn anything from mistakes.
  • Can’t put themselves in another’s shoes. They can’t imagine another person’s experience or feelings, and they don’t automatically think of this as most people do. They are stuck in the details of what is happening right now.
  • Can’t make intuitive leaps like figuring out the emotional atmosphere in a group they just entered. 
  • Find it difficult or impossible to do empathy.

All information is at the same level of meaning for those with IRI! When you can’t attach meaning to things, it’s very difficult to prioritize or organize information or tasks. If nothing is connected, then everything is an individual piece of information, and these folks with IRI are often on information overload and feel stressed and anxious.

My book, Inside the Mind: Understanding and Communicating with Those Who Have Autism, Asperger’s, Social Communication Disorder, and ADD, can help you to understand those who have inductive reasoning issues. It will help you work more effectively with them, whether you are a parent, significant other, teacher, therapist, other professional, or other family member. And those with IRI may feel that someone finally understands them for the first time in their life.

You can view a few short videos from my book on YouTube to begin to understand IRI and how those with autism, Asperger’s, social communication disorder, and ADD are processing information and why they are communicating the way in which they do.