but honestly, in a career spent working with physicians, PhD scientists in every field, and engineers . . . I found the engineers the most difficult to work with. One made me SHOW him, in one or the other of the shelf of grammar and usage authorities I had, why I had made EVERY SINGLE EDIT I ever made to any of his documents. After three years, when he had not been able to catch me out a single time, I asked if he was ever going to trust that I knew my job. "No," he said.
they are problem-solvers for sure
I also got treated as an idiot for not knowing everything they did. They tended to suffer from what is called the "Curse of Knowledge," which means that you don't remember that 1. you had to be taught something and 2. how hard it was for you to learn it, and instead assume "everybody knows that." As a technical editor I had to deal with new terminology and ideas constantly. If I asked anyone else "so what's a ____?" they would cheerfully say, "Oh! It looks like this, and it does that." Doctors especially would drop everything to teach me about something, but then, they have to do that with patients every day. But engineers . . . would look at me like I'd crawled out from under a rock where I'd been living in utter darkness and ignorance because I didn't know what a piezometer was the first time I read the word. I'd explain that I had to know because the likely reader of their reports would be an executive of the business that had hired our firm, who also was not an engineer, so I needed to word things so that THEY did not feel like an idiot for not knowing something, but this only got a shrug.
So sorry, I'm sure there are exceptions to my experience, but . . . that's my experience.
However, my least-favorite client is a marketing executive totally in love with the new jargon he just made up that he wants to make into the buzzword of the day, but that MEANS NOTHING TO ANYONE ELSE.
Anyway, I'm not sure being creative is the same thing as having the kind of mind that works in metaphors. Yes, engineers figure out how things work and then imagine making something that works to deliver a new result . . . but I don't think that means seeing a thing as being like something completely different - especially seeing a tangible thing or process as being LIKE an intangible thing.
I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the words begin to move around … The words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young.
-- Gaston Bachelard
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(This post was edited by Annael on Wed, 4:58pm)