Ever had those days where nothing makes sense. You have something like ADHD, and you just can’t understand why people expect you to be as good as others in school? Or maybe you want to have a more positive relationship to people, but you’ve said things you didn’t mean. If that’s the case, then You and Percy from the book Percy Jackson and the lightning thief has a lot in common. However, Percy doesn’t understand that he can be as good as the others in school, despite he has ADHD. He just learns in a different style. Percy can also improve his relationships by managing his emotions.
In the book “Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief”, Percy’s mindset towards learning is directly linked to him having ADHD. Percy keeps downgrading himself in learning and uses ADHD as an excuse for this. For example,” Mr. Brunner expected me to be as good as everybody else, although I have dyslexia and attention deficit disorder. According to Article “Neurodiversity”, People with ADHD work best in stimulating environments” Percy isn’t limited to learning, he learns in a different style. If Percy’s school offered more learning styles, Percy would be able to learn more efficiently. Through the story, Mr. Brunner-Percy’s Latin teacher demonstrates this method. On page two, Percy explains why Mr. Brunner is the only class that doesn’t” put him to sleep” because he “lets us play games in class”. Playing games can include movement such as the game tag. This is an example of learning in a stimulating environment. Percy also exceeds in Mr. Brunner class, “I looked at the carving, I felt a flush of relief because I actually recognized it.” Studies shown, people with AHD could be extremely focused when something interests them. This indicates the results of Mr. Brunner’s way of teaching, Percy’s isn’t limited in learning and he’s more engaged in Brunner’s class. If Percy would see these results on how ADHD is not affecting him as a student, he would do an outstanding performance in class than he is with his attitude now. Therefore, Percy’s viewpoint towards learning is associated with him having ADHD.
Presuming that Percy managed his emotions, many of Percy’s relationships throughout the book would be better. Percy referred to his mother when things were not going well, he would be homesick and miss her. “My mother can make me feel good by just walking into the room.” (page 32-33) Percy is comforted by his mom, shows affection and a positive relationship. However, on page 39 Percy blurts out, “because you don’t want me around?”, I regretted the words as soon as they were out. Since Percy has a positive relationship towards his mom, and he regretted the words as soon as they were out. Percy didn’t mean to say those words. If Percy thought about the outcome of his actions, he probably wouldn’t have said them to his mom. According to the article, Managing Emotions. Emotional decisions are frequently made in “the heat of moment”. When Percy offended his mom, his decisions were in the “heat of moment” the state where his emotions blurted out the phrases he says to his mother. Experts in the article Managing emotions recommended ways to help avoid these situations:
- Stopping before you decide
- Think about how you will feel as a result of each possible actions
Other than managing your emotions to improve positive relationships, doing so could also develop better relationships with people who you don’t work well with. In school, Percy not only faces issues with his learning perspective but also has a poor relationship with a girl, Nancy Bobofit. During the story, Percy reveals on page 17, “I got in more fights with Nancy Bobofit and her friends. I was sent out of the hallway in almost every class.” According to all the fights, Percy has shown that Percy reacts to Nancy’s behavior aggressively. Causing him to be the person who got in trouble. Using the suggestions that Managing Emotions expert gave, Percy might have had a better relationship with Nancy. If Percy put in the consideration to think about how he would feel as a result of each possible action of him. Maybe he would approach Nancy’s behavior in a different way. Such as on page 5, Percy screamed to Nancy, “will you shut up?!”. If Percy approached this in a way such as, “Nancy I’m sorry but I can’t hear anything Mr. Brunner is saying. Will you please keep the volume down a bit?” The teacher wouldn’t blame Percy, Nancy wouldn’t have a reason to be mad at Percy. On that account, Percy managing his emotions would lead him to develop a better relationship with others.
Percy’s mindset towards learning is directly linked to him having ADHD. Percy isn’t limited to learning; he learns in a different style which can make his. Other than managing your emotions to improve positive relationships, doing so could also develop better relationships with people who you don’t work well with. Percy isn’t limited to learning; he learns in a different style.