After being told by Adobe Forum ‘techs’, those who say they are expert with Adobe Photoshop/Bridge, that there was something wrong with my computer. That was their pat answer. That the problem was something wrong with my computer, or something I was doing wrong.
Schadenfreude: that is what I felt when I found hundreds of others having the same problem with Adobe CS6 Bridge being glacially slow. Computers with more memory than mine, same amount, Mac, PC, all having the same problem. I had a double dose of Schadenfreude when I saw one of the very people who said it was something wrong with me and mine having the same problem!