This is a very powerful and accurate description that matches how I feel, especially when coming across a chunk of unfamiliar kanji. I often feel immediately overwhelmed and have to fight hard to keep trying to read Japanese text when it comes up.
Definitely! I have to do the same thing, even with just single kanji interspersed in an english response. I still have to always force myself to at least look and try my best because my brain’s first reaction to Japanese text is stuck in “we can’t read that” mode.
@Vanilla, Your post gives me so much hope! It helps that I have a strong enough understanding of a few hundred kanji that I understand what you mean by this. I hope I can stick with my studies and persevere to the point where I can get meaning at just a glance. I am really ashamed of my low Japanese reading level. T.T
I especially hope I can overcome my lingering fear of Japanese text and get rid of the same-polarity-magnet effect!