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poco cueco
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« Reply #15 on: July 23, 2013, 05:22 PM »

The word that someone was looking for those who are there just to be noticed or to be the center of attention would be a egocentric or narcistic personality or personality disorder but that is pushing it. I would assume ---assume that anyone who involves themselves in Bonsai by putting in many hours is definitely concerned with detail and yes, this could be OCD. Teachers scientists, accountants, chefs, anyone who likes the detail. Without giving away too much of myself, I researched for years illegal drugs as in the intrasynaptic  processes. I also cook with attention to detail and play pool with attention to detail.

You bring up a good question which has many answers which you could ask: how did this all begin. What were the motivating factors that led us to do Bonsai. Just a tad bit deeper question.
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« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2013, 11:01 PM »

Some of us are a "little twisted" for sure.  I found bonsai during my studies of horticulture and an earlier interest in Japanese gardens / niwaki.  Stuck with it in part to fill up all the free time after quitting intensive intra-synaptic studies  Wink.  Egotism is certainly alive and well in the bonsai community. 
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« Reply #17 on: July 24, 2013, 11:09 AM »

There's a guy that's been into bonsai for 40+ years (I think that's he told me, he's old enough to have been at it that long) at my club that I just found out is a retired architect. I wouldn't be surprised to find more people that have careers in art and design involved in bonsai.
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« Reply #18 on: July 24, 2013, 04:30 PM »

I did not mean to give all those who are  left hemisphere detail focused people a bad rap. Nor on the other hand do I want to leave out all those artistic right hemisphere folks who are artistic who like to express themselves with Bonsai. I truly believe it is a combination since we must have a certain amount of artistic ability, learned or inherited but also a certain amount of left hemisphere detail and attention to detail. I think the balance is important and those who are into bonsai like any other act of creativity need both. if not, we would probably just buy a potted plant and hope it grows.
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