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Does any animal disgust or scares you?
(Random off-topic question: Should I use animals or animal?)
For most people, spiders, rats, insects, catapillars and snakes are super disgusting or scary. But I think it's irrational and unfair to those animals. Surely they may be harmful to people. I'd freak out if there were a lion in front of me, but I don't hate lions at all. Not to mention many people would love to watch spiders and insects burning in fire, even though they're mostly beneficial to human. I understand the fear kept our ancestors alive, but people nowadays can and should be better than this.
Personally I don't dislike any kinds of animals for they're all wonderful and unique beings, who are parts of nature like us. I rarely harm any animal unless it threatens my life. No creature should be hated.
So, do you hate any animal and why? If you do, is it the "OMG kill it with fire I hope this creature go extinct" or "Holy crap I gotta run please don't let me see it again" fear?
So on my blog over the last month I did a bit of an alphabet series. A few of these posts were read somewhat widely a few weren't
One I wrote was E is for Eye-Contact. It was picked up by a media site in the US known as The Establshmnt. We worked together and fleshed it out a little.
The end result was published on their site and then on Huffington Post.
This topic is probably been widely discussed in the past, but, I know for some this isn't an issue but for many it is. I wonder what peoples thoughts are on this issue.
So, it appears that there are studies which claim that autistic people 'grow out of autism' as they grow older, so much so that they can no longer be classified as autistic - they lose the diagnosis. One study claims that the people they studied did receive an accurate diagnosis of autism in childhood, but they then 'grew out of it'. I will deliberately keep the contents of this study to a minimum due to a lack of space.
To support their claim they administered a battery of tests to assess whether those diagnosed with autism were still autistic after a certain age, plus they interviewed the parents. Test results are very debatable. However, the authors claim that 'these people' did not just grow out of autism on their own, but were assisted in this by parents and therapists.
The problem is that not one of the authors seems to have asked 'these people' about their experiences - not one article features an autistic person commenting on the results or claims of those reports. Not...
Yesterday I went to my first Aspie meeting. I was really looking forward to meeting people like me and hoped I could perhaps make a friend. I am 34 was diagnosed last year and am well and truly socially disabled, but the people I met were not what I was expecting. I felt more out of place than a steak at a vegan dinner party. Hey were all very nice and I really liked them but I felt so advanced compared to them that I should have been running the group not taking part. I'm married 15 years and counting, have 2 teenagers who are my best friends and am the manager at my work. I own my house and have a good small group of friends. All my life I have struggled but I just pushed myself and never gave up trying. It has been hard but I did it. So are there different levels of Aspergers and if so I must be at the top. I'm not trying to be rude or nasty I just want to understand why I couldn't even fit in with a group of Aspies. I'm very confused right now.
I'm starting work this week at an insurance call center. The company has fairly strict guidelines for dress code for men especially. This isn't a big deal, because I enjoy wearing ties and bow ties and dress pants anyway, that's kind of my style, I do have tattoos but those will be covered. The question is though, the dress code says men should be clean shaven except for well trimmed and groomed mustache/goatee. I have a very close-cut beard, I keep it well trimmed. During my initial interview, nobody said anything about it to me, and I noticed a guy with a very nice mustache. The only thing they mentioned was to not wear my earrings. If they ever told me to shave my beard this would be a total deal breaker because I have no confidence without it. Plus, it's stupid. Why the **** would anyone do that in 2016. So hopefully my neat overall appearance won't make this an issue. I keep my beard very well trimmed and close cut. I would never shave it. I can understand covering tattoos and...
There's a disturbing trend in the AS community that I've noticed; that these "safe spaces" are becoming more widely accepted.
I find this deeply disturbing for a number of different reasons. In one of these spaces where you are supposedly "safe," anything you say can be taken with offence. Those that are offended then find it perfectly acceptable, to then stop the person causing that offence from speaking and expressing themselves. They immediately assign a pathology, and then, with such self righteous indignation, proceed to fabricate such bald and disgusting false accusations about the person making them "unsafe," to which the "offender" is then promptly censored, silenced and deplatformed.
I should know, because it happened to me -- I even made a video about it.
My "crime"? Explaining why a merging of woo and quackery with AS advocacy is harmful. And then refuting the generalisation of "AS people having thyroid."
I believe that such a thing tramples on our rights of free...
Hi Guys. I don't know if this is a double post, if so please post me the Link.
But i really need your help. I am in my 20's and just dropped out of Uni after studying for 1 and 1/2 years. The subject just didn't fit and the social conditions had an influence too i guess.
Soo, maybe there are some aspies out there which are employed for more than 5 or 10years in their job and content with it.
Please answer me which jobs worked for you and which didn't. Since I'm from Europe apprenticeships matter as well as study subjects Thanks a lot!
I'm new here and looking for a little advice. I started dating a man four months ago. He very quickly told me he was unemotional, yet I didn't really see that. In the beginning he would call me then say he's calling me too much. He very quickly said things like what if I fall in love with you and I could fall in love with you. He's very affectionate with cuddles but doesn't really kiss. He is very literal and has some odd habits. He buys things in excess. He currently has 14toothbrushes. He said he likes them and he might not be able to get them so stocks up. He does this with other things.
One night we were watching tv and he just got up and went to bed. He didn't say anything. I carried on watching tv and around twenty minutes later he said aren't you coming to bed?
He doesn't seem to have a filter and says inappropriate things which are embarrassing but he doesn't seem phased by it.
My confusion at the minute is, he calls me everyday a few times and texts a lot....
I want to raise the question of ‘passing’, knowing that it has been dealt with in various ways,
but nevertheless, I want to raise it for a specific reason. Today people with hidden disabilities are said to pass when they present in a way that conceals any signs of their disability. Passing is often demanded by society, and sometimes becomes second nature as we learn various little tricks so as to be accepted.
I am from the ‘lost generation’ of Aspies who never knew that Asperger's existed, or what it encompassed. Thus, if one actually had this ‘disability’ (I believe this is a misnomer) then there was no recognition thereof. So, even though I realised that I was dramatically different in many ways, and could not change, I simply had to fit in and make sure that I made my life as ‘normal’ as possible. The demand was also to find a career and make a success of it.
It is difficult to decide on what ‘normal’ is in a world that is decidedly messed up, with very few people who...
This is something I have always feared but have never admitted to anyone (ever) the fear that the Asperger's diagnosis could subject me to control by the "system". I used to fear being thrown into an institution or group home and having my every right taken away from me subjecting me to me controlled by a caregiver and the Mental Health system. This may be a stupid fear but i have read stories of this happening to people or their children on the spectrum.
This has been lurking in the back of my mind since I was 16 and my file was "reopened" back in '06 once again slapping me with the asd diagnosis (before it was undecided during childhood and I was left alone). Between the ages of 16-18 I had the system hovering over me with a lot of workers assigned, mandated appointments and they even sent a woman to follow me around at school for "support". It was a nightmare.
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