When dyslexics are confused (or curious) they might mentally look at objects, words, or ideas from many angles. We call this disorientation.
This works great when looking at real 3-D objects. It is why many dyslexics are so talented in art, sports, etc.. But this same talent can cause disorientation when the person is looking at something like a letter, number or word from many points of view.
We have all experienced disorientation when reality did not match perception—like when we spin in a circle and it still looks like the room is spinning when we stop. Or, when we are in a car and the car next to us moves, it might feel like we moved and so we hit the brake.
To people with dyslexia, this distorted perception can appear to be real. These false perceptions, or disorientation, cause mistakes in reading, writing, or reacting to situations. For example, mentally seeing a word in many different ways could cause a person to make mistakes—such as reading the word “was” as “saw.”