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  • Like how you're saying programmers think analytically, I agree that it's really important to realize that different people think differently than you, and that these ways of thinking aren't necessarily inferior or superior. For example, Organics vs. Mechanics [], or the different Myers-Briggs personality types []. (Whether you agree exactly with the categorizations, I think the important point is that there are different kinds of personalities that we should keep in mind.)

    Not all programmers are analytical, either. For example, my colleague and I are both programmers, and (as I've mentioned to him) are on opposite ends of the Organic-Mechanic spectrum. I'm Mechanical and tend to methodically solve problems, but that can be very slow sometimes. He's Organic, and sometimes brilliantly jumps to quick solutions but can also overlook certain issues.

    Another example, I'm extremely introverted. Attending meetings exhausts me, even if I don't say anything, because it's like people are sucking out my energy. But for extroverts, not being able to communicate is like cutting off their fuel supply. Having direct, to-the-point meetings where the conversation proceeds rationally (like I'd much prefer) is stifling to them.