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So I received my official diagnosis after taking on my current job. At the time, I wanted to say something to my job, but my NT wife begged me not to unless I needed to (performance review issues, write ups). So I kept things to myself.
A couple of months after that, I got written up specifically for social issues related to ASD. The short way to put it is that I was causing ripples in company culture, but that is because everyone was looking at me through a NT looking glass and thought I was an ass.
So I have a conversation with my boss about my diagnosis. He is a kind guy who is understanding. Outside of my staff, he is the only other person in the company who seems to have an open enough mind. However, in our most recent conversation, those social issues that there is that ASD black hole that I just can't get across were discussed. I even quoted my therapist so it wasn't sounding like me whining or anything. My boss was understanding, but then countered with "how can I expect...
Is anyone else amazed at how differently a work of art can be evaluated across different eras? Below are two contrasting responses - dismissal of vs. rhapsodies for Sylvia Plath's 'The Bell Jar':
5. THE BOOK WAS REJECTED BY AMERICAN PUBLISHERS.
When Plath received a $2,080 novel-writing fellowship associated with publishers Harper & Row, she must have thought that publication was a sure thing. But Harper & Row rejected The Bell Jar, calling it "disappointing, juvenile and overwrought." While British publisher William Heinemann accepted the book, Plath still had trouble finding an American publisher. “We didn’t feel that you had managed to use your materials successfully in a novelistic way,” one editor wrote.
From various online sources:
"The 100 best novels: No 85 – The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (1966)" ... "acclaimed and enduring masterwork, Sylvia Plath brilliantly draws the reader into...
Does anyone get that?
I used to wake up feeling like the glue that held my cells together was getting all liquidy and it took an effort of will to literally "get myself together." Now, knowing I'm an Aspie, this feeling does appear with stress. It is a cue for me to get my makeshift weighted blanket (a heavy quilt I have folded many times) and lie under it. And I look forward to a real weighted blanket arriving next week.
I have improved my sleep with stress-reduction techniques, but this seems to be a particular Autism/Stress thing?
Just trying to figure things out.
Hello, this is my first post here. Nice to meet you all here!
So, I dated this guy for 2 years. At the beginning, I felt something was a little different about him, but I didn't care, because he was so hot, smart and charming. In fact, he is totally a genius type. Long story short, he turned out to be a super independent man and almost workaholic. He was always too busy to see me and we saw each other only once a month and had to skip all the fun events, etc, too, but insisted that he misses me very much. Yes he IS a busy man, but it got to the point where I started doubting his reasoning.
I am not going to list everything that made me think he might be on the spectrum, but I did so much searches, even talked with a professional in the field, and I am pretty sure he is. He had signs of both Aspergers and ADHD. He didn't seem to know, or maybe he did know because once he told me he feels he was different from others, but never told me he was on the spectrum. He actually took the...
And how did you feel about it? My daughter is 8 and we have not told her yet. She also has ADHD and OCD, we have told her about those, but we don't know what to say about Asperger's. We are not sure we can explain it to her yet.
While researching various interests on the internet I discover things that interest me a great deal, I become quite excited by these new revelations, they seem to add small pieces to a gigantic puzzle that I have been putting together in understanding the world and life.
One of the reasons I draw for example, is that it reminds me of childhood and how happy I was doing it back then. When I pick up a paintbrush, when I discover something I didn't know, when I go to a new place, when I see an animal I become enthused, excited, even joyous.
Many of the members here seem to have an occupation or interest or hobby that reminds them of childhood, that brings them happiness. What are the things that you do, or want to do that cause you to be happy or excited?
If you're able to carry on conversations with people, how do you do it? Is it a lot of hard work, or does it come easily for you?
I've studied people so much over the years...I have algorithms...rules...patterns...that I can follow to emulate functional conversation. It's a lot of work, kind of like what doing algebra would be for most people. But it passes well enough. I have to continually work at improving my algorithms, because I tend to push one or two aspects too hard (like asking too many questions), so then it doesn't feel natural to other people. Plus, I learned some very unhealthy relational patterns from my family, so I'm having to reprogram all of those algorithms, too.
This is all exhausting. Plus, I don't really feel connected to people through these kinds of conversations, and yet, it's the best way to keep from tiring people out from interacting with me.
Lately, I've been experimenting a little with a different approach. Instead of aiming for "connection," I'm...
I hope you are not offended by the way I wrote the title of this forum thread. I am not trying to be close-minded, but...Is there people with Asperger's Syndrome that believes in God, Angels, Fairies, Magick (as in the Wicca belief system)? I mean, when one thinks of Asperger's Syndrome, one almost always imagines a brainiac that is passionated by things like maths and sciences and has a very litteral and logical mind. Therefore, it seems pointless to him to believe in ''non-sense'' such as God and spiritual creatures.
But, I was wondering, is there anyone here who actually believes in fairies, Wicca, God, angels and the like, like me? Or am I alone?
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