Oh boy, I never thought I would admit this in public...
Is it possible that some people simply will never be able to understand math? I ask this question because I do not feel as though I understand it at all. A little background...I flunked algebra and geometry in high school (back in 1982); I then took about 20 years off and decided to go to college at age 38. I got my BA in computer science; I had to take Intro to Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, College Algebra, and Discrete Structures (I almost died in Discrete Structures). Somehow I conned all of those professors (don't blame the professors, blame me) into allowing me to pass those classes, all the while completely confused and frustrated. I even hired a couple of tutors who were both very pleasant and knew their stuff, but I still did not learn it. I finished my BA, then went on and finished an MBA, and now am working on a MS in Health Informatics at the ripe old age of 46.
I just get so frustrated with myself for not understanding the math. I don't even understand how there can be negative numbers. It doesn't make sense to me that something could be less than zero! I also freeze up when I see fractions because they are so daunting to me.
Does anyone think that some people just are not wired for math? I really consider myself dumb for not being able to grasp it. Obviously I am able to get through life without it, but I still get so frustrated with myself. Now that I'm "out of the closet" with my 'arithmophobia', I am very interested in anyone's thoughts about the subject.