Wednesday, May 21, 2014
After learning how to ride a motorcycle, I realized that my ability to drive cars improved significantly. Insurance company researchers have confirmed this -- motorcyclists, when they drive cars, get in fewer accidents than non-motorcyclists.
The reason is obvious. To operate a motorcycle safely, you need to pay close attention and develop skills at assessing traffic-situations.
Over the past four years, I've shopped for and worn female clothes. I just realized that my male wardrobe is significantly improving. The skills I've learned from dressing female have migrated and improved my ability to dress as a man.
This is not unimportant. I now shop more effectively for male clothes; I know where to look and what to buy; and I gather individual pieces to combine into attractive (male) outfits. Looking in my closet, I'm impressed at my male clothing and have more sartorial tools at my disposal.
The reason for this benefit is the same one from motorcycling -- I pay more attention now to shopping and have developed greater skill at buying and wearing clothes.
Neurologists and psychologists agree that knowledge learned for one purpose often gets used for other purposes. Our brains aren't limited; improving one area sets the stage for improving other areas.
Has this ever happened to you?
For example, if you help a husband or boyfriend with his wardrobe, are you better at shopping for him than he is? Why do you believe that's true?