Jennifer Aniston reveals impact of dyslexia

Jennifer Aniston Jennifer Aniston thought she ”wasn’t smart” before being diagnosed with dyslexia. The 45-year-old actress has revealed her dyslexia – which was finally diagnosed in her early 20s – impacted her education and self-image.

She shared: ”The only reason I knew [that I had it] was because I went to get a prescription for glasses. I had to wear these Buddy Holly glasses. One had a blue lens and one had a red lens. And I had to read a paragraph, and they gave me a quiz, gave me 10 questions based on what I’d just read, and I think I got three right. Then they put a computer on my eyes, showing where my eyes went when I read. My eyes would jump four words and go back two words, and I also had a little bit of a lazy eye, like a crossed eye, which they always have to correct in photos.”

The Cake star admitted it led her to believe she wasn’t very intelligent. She told The Hollywood Reporter: ”I thought I wasn’t smart. I just couldn’t retain anything.”

Meanwhile, Jennifer recently admitted she has always felt a lot of pressure to start a family. The actress – who is engaged to Justin Theroux – said: ”I don’t like [the pressure] that people put on me, on women – that you’ve failed yourself as a female because you haven’t procreated. I don’t think it’s fair. You may not have a child come out of your [body], but that doesn’t mean you aren’t mothering – dogs, friends, friends’ children. This continually is said about me: that I was so career-driven and focused on myself; that I don’t want to be a mother, and how selfish that is.”

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  1. harleyhoney • January 24, 2015 @ 12:24 PM

    Jennifer will do anything for attention or to find excuses for her short comings…what a loser.

  2. Jerry • January 24, 2015 @ 7:38 PM

    As a specialist in the area of dyslexia for 25 years I know exactly how Jennifer feels. I know hundreds of kids that felt the same way. It’s not true however, Dyslexia is not at all related to intelligence. Albert Einstein, for instance, was dyslexic.
    But still, dyslexia can have disastrous effects. As much as 40% of our prisoner population is there because of the limitations that the inability to read places on employability, along with the enormous effects on self-confidence and self-esteem.
    The sad part is that dyslexia is 100% “treatable”. All of my students learned to read and although most programs are not effective, I would hope that there are other programs which are equally successful.
    Jennifer’s feelings that she was “no smart” is almost universal with children with dyslexia children and I personally know hundreds that no longer feel this way.
    Good for you Jennifer, you are among the minority that overcome this problem. It takes a lot of courage and determination to succeed as you have done. I can tell that you still sometimes remember the bad feelings from your childhood.

    As for “harleyhoney’s” comment above, you should apologize for a judgement on a topic with which you are totally ignorant. By the way, a genius like you probably knows that “shortcomings” is one word, not two.

  3. lynda • January 25, 2015 @ 9:48 PM

    The lady has class. I think you are just jealous.

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