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  • So, I spilled a smoothie all over myself, and am now going to take a bath. I hate being sticky.
    Rodafina
    Rodafina
    I would do the same. Sticky is very icky.
    It's good to know that other adults get diagnosed with autism late. Kinda shows that there's always more to learn about the spectrum.
    So, there's this thing that I've recently noticed around some members of my family. Since, finding out about my autism, there's the obvious "You don't look autistic and just want attention" responses, but what's worse than that is the ones who now treat me as if I were a child and can't do anything for myself (usually older family members).
    Don't you hate it when people keeps commenting on your "weird" behavior? How about you stop caring so much about people being different than you?
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    thejuice
    I agree, people love to police others in all areas of life. Thought, behaviour, emotions, presentation etc. It's a sort of in built social control humans have.
    Aspychata
    Aspychata
    Yup, the thought police.
    Anyone else get freak out when you see images of people staring at you.
    Aspychata
    Aspychata
    That reminds of a past forum member of here that used one eyeball just staring out as their avatar. It use to creep me out. Lol
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    Misty Avich
    No but I don't like visual ASMR YouTube videos where a sexy girl who's doing the video stares into the camera, with her overdone make-up and huge breasts, as she's doing the ASMR things. Ew.
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    thejuice
    Yes on those creepy and menacing YouTube thumbnails
    So, people at church (I'm not religious by the way, but I'm forced to go) keep commenting that I don't like to make eye contact, but then I have to tell them that when I'm listening, my eyes are elsewhere otherwise I wouldn't hear a word they say.
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    thejuice
    When you have your eyes closed people always assume your sleeping but I do this to focus on a talk
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    thejuice
    This is me just guessing but no eye contact in the other could signal to primitive lower brain that the other is scheming, or untrustworthy in some way. Whereas too much eye contact could signal aggression. Its a tight rope!

    *Please don't take that personally I know the struggle
    AuroraBorealis
    AuroraBorealis
    I think it's more about people thinking that you're not paying attention to them and not listening to what they're saying. It seems diametral to the way we function (no eye contact = listening, versus other people: eye contact = listening).
    I hate when people ask me for answers to random questions. Just because I know the answer doesn't mean I'm an encyclopedia.
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    Misty Avich
    I'm someone who asks rhetorical questions a lot, and it's so annoying when people try to answer them. Lol
    What I hate the most is someone forcing me to communicate by talking. Whenever I talk, it doesn't come out right and I communicate better non verbally.
    Levitator
    Levitator
    I ramble on endlessly my own way with great fluidity. The problem is that "my way" is not what anybody else wants to hear. When I do it "their way", then I'm a halting, stuttering autist, and they don't like that either. Don't play with those you can never win with.
    Knower of nothing
    Knower of nothing
    I've learned this about myself as well. I thought I didn't like being social perhaps, but it is specifically being prompted into communication that irks me. Especially when tired. Sometimes I'll be prompted to give my feelings on something when I haven't even gotten to that part to myself yet which is frustrating as I'd need silence to figure it out thus halting conversation.
    So, I just organized the laundry in piles that are the most efficient to wash, dry, and distribute and somehow my mom still mixes the wrong clothes together. I mean, why even bother at this point? Oh, yeah, my brain is built different.
    Worst thing to happen today: My headphone's chord died, and now I had to use those terrible earbuds when going out...It's a good thing I have a spare at home.
    So, apparently, me flapping and clapping my hands was so interesting to my co workers that they began doing it too. And just like that I became a trendsetter.
    Aspychata
    Aspychata
    It could go viral. Lol. Just don't slap your boss with flap happy hands, that may end poorly. Lol
    So, according to some people I know, an interest in paleontology is a sign of autism. Don't think I ever heard that before. But yes, I have an interest in dinosaurs and biology.
    AuroraBorealis
    AuroraBorealis
    I think that's quite a narrow-minded statement of those people. Not the content of the interest points towards autism, but the intensity of that interest. I guess some interests might be more stereotypical than others, but in the end everyone can be interested in anything, NT or ND. It's the intensity that counts.
    mysterionz
    mysterionz
    @AuroraBorealis exactly what you said. My childhood friend is autistic and one of his special interests was dinosaurs. Intensity/other factors are what determine what is a special interest vs just a hobby.
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    thejuice
    If you don't find dinosaurs interesting to some degree you probably don't have a pulse. Perhaps could be classified as some kind of root vegetable.
    Just finished organizing my books by publishing company. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it.
    Mr. Stevens
    Mr. Stevens
    I do the same thing, basically. Mostly by publishing line (Penguin Classics) or some by publisher (New Directions). It's fun.
    I just realized I went the whole day without talking. Huh. I wonder if its normal to be better at communicating non verbally than verbally.
    jsilver256
    jsilver256
    Zero social expectation to speak is definitely a perk of being deaf while also being autistic.
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