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As one of my most dreaded "holidays" approaches, my nerves are getting closer to their breaking point. I won't ever understand why Halloween is a holiday since it not celebrated in its original way, remembering the dead who we loved. It's become a day of evil. I have experienced plenty of horror to last an entire lifetime. I understand kids liking to dress up and play make belief and bopping for apples or whatever it is they're doing these days. I understand enjoying a little candy....don't we all? But I just don't understand why it has to be about haunted houses and scaring people. IMO, being scared is not fun! I don't like it and never will. And the trick or treating, nowadays, you better know who's door your knocking on.
What do you guys do on Halloween? I have a solid black cat who is NEVER allowed outside that day and I won't even go outside after 7pm!
I really don't like small talk. I find it hard to understand exactly what they want in an answer. Personally, I find that it seems that the response they want is an insincere one. It is kind of like asking someone if they like your cooking and they say, "yes" but really they can't stand it. Maybe there is a reason for this. Maybe it helps to say something less truthful so the other person doesn't feel damaged by the whole truth. The question is how do strike a balance? I really don't like being fake because for of my life, I have lived a lie. I am like a chameleon. I really don't like standing out but it seems no matter what I will, so I must embrace it. How do you give a little during small talk, without losing your identity in the process?
Big BIG difference in what these two terms connotate. I wish saying that someone "has Autism" would disappear off the English Language, and any other language in existance today, and here is why:
Making a statement that "I am Autistic", or So and So "is Autistic" is a declaration of being. An identification with certain inate traits and characteristics. An explanation of how a person feels, thinks, relates to the world.
Saying that "Someone has Autism" implies that this person is not well. That they have an illness that needs to be cured/fixed. It implies a judgement by the NT world about what being normal is, and how someonw that has Autism falls short of that norm, because of the Autism.
Talking about Autism in general, as in the title of this Forum (General Autism Discussion), is fine, in my opinion, but not when talking about individuals.
I feel this is a very strong distinction between the two terms, and language shapes our thinking and implied beliefs. I know not...
Austin Levingston's post on Michael Phelps' Facebook page has stirred significant attention from onlookers motivated by his message.
As Levingston, who has autism, wrote in the message, he is a college student and swimmer who bears a striking resemblance to the storied Olympian. Here's an excerpt from his post:
I know you may not care to read this but you are one of my biggest idols and I've been following you for a very long time. Right now, I am currently going to college and hoping to...
Do any of get to work from home? Can you suggest something for me? I'm an introverted aspie who is currently living as a subservient to my NT boyfriend. I'm so-so happy. I feel like there's more to life than washing dishes, laundry, cooking, cleaning and sifting kitty litter. I would love to learn how to make money from home, but I don't know where to start. Plus, I need to be saving for my future, in case this arrangement doesn't last. It's actually hard work to be an unappreciated, unpaid homemaker. However, on the positive side, I am happy to be able to communicate with others via Aspiescentral.com and I am happy that I get plenty of quiet privacy. I don't have to get all dressed up and flustered if having a bad hair day (lol, that happens to be often for me). But, I still need and want independence which is why I was asking about trailer parks.
One of my favorite playwrights, and one of the great tragedies of his life was what has long been considered his "mentally ill" sister, Rose. But in 2012, this article indicated that might not be so.
Not Like All the Other Horses: Neurodiversity and the Case of Rose Williams
In this essay, I will revisit Rose’s case and show that if her troubled adolescence took place today, she would likely be diagnosed with the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) Asperger’s syndrome. My purpose here is not to...
I am an NT and my boyfriend is 50 years old and has many ASD traits. He agrees this is the case but doesn't want to seek formal diagnosis because at this point it's not gonna really serve him in any way.
We met online and the first time we met in person everything went fine. I found him to be a great conversationalist and very intelligent which I love. I noticed early on he has a certain edge which came across to me as arrogance. I'm actually kind of attracted to people who are somewhat arrogant but not in the extreme.
Anyway, that isn't really the point I want to make here When I got to know him a little better, he made a comment to the effect that he could tell right away I was trustworthy I asked him how he could tell that. And he said he didn't know, he can just tell that about people. So I asked how quickly he was able to determine that. He answered it was about the first 30 seconds I'm a very perceptive person and maybe I would be...
I don't understand why mobile home parks are known for "white trash". They seem nice to me. I have been considering living in one, but fear for my safety. Do you guys feel safe where you live or do you feel like you need to sleep with one eye open? I've never lived alone before, but it's likely to happen in the future. How do you feel safe in your own home? This is a fear I'm going to have to overcome, but need suggestions.
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