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Featured Do You Challenge Yourself Mentally?

Discussion in 'General Autism Discussion' started by Raggamuffin, Feb 6, 2020.

  1. Raggamuffin

    Raggamuffin Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone play games in their head? Say I'm in the kitchen, and the kettle is on, I start inventing tasks and objectives I must perform before the kettle clicks. Same goes for the microwave.

    Or I start counting down in my head from 10 whilst I'm doing something and start to feel a rush of childish excitement as it draws closer to 1. Sometimes I do this to pretend it could affect things in my life - run up the stairs in under 3 seconds or you'll blow up. Or walking on paved pathway squares in the movement of a Knight piece in chess.

    It's quirky, but I've done it for over 20 years and it still never gets old.

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  2. SusanLR

    SusanLR Well-Known Member

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    Not really games, but, sometimes I count items when sitting somewhere bored.
    Like how many chairs are in the room, how many pictures on the wall, how many light fixtures.
    Stuff like that.
     
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  3. Fridgemagnetman

    Fridgemagnetman I only have one V.I.P Member

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    I'm about to start doing it.
     
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  4. UberScout

    UberScout JAPANAPAJ

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    I challenge my noggin as much as I can, as hard as I can any chance I get, in any way I can think of, especially if I've got my Adderall. When I'm on my long acting, HOO boy, I got long division down to a science.

    Well maybe not long division. But I am getting better at math recently,

    My latest fascination is with a game called "Papers, Please". You're a customs administrator in the fictional Russian province of Arstotzka, and your job is to look at the documents of everyone coming through and decide whether or not to let them in or detain them.

    There's an endless mode that procedurally generates passersby, and it's a great challenge for your brain.
     
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    tree Blue/Green Staff Member V.I.P Member

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    @UberScout

    That game sounds interesting, from what I read.

    "Some critics reacted against the paperwork gameplay. Stephanie Bendixsen from the ABC's game review show Good Game found the game "tedious", commenting "while I found the issues that arose from the decisions you are forced to make quite interesting, I was just so bored that I just struggled to go from one day to the next. I was torn between wanting to find out more, and just wanting it all to stop."

    Papers, Please is considered by several journalists as an example of video games as an art form. Papers, Please is frequently categorized as an "empathy game", a type of role-playing game that "asks players to inhabit their character's emotional worlds", as described by Patrick Begley of the Sydney Morning Herald, or as described by Pope himself, "other people simulators". Pope noted that he had not set out to make an empathy game, but the emotional ties created by his scenarios came about naturally from developing the core mechanics."
    Papers, Please - Wikipedia
     
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  6. Major Tom

    Major Tom Searching for ground control... V.I.P Member

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    Due to life challenges for me every day is a mental challenge not to lose my marbles. Sometimes the challenges are good, others they are bad. It depends on how I look at things on any particular day.
     
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  7. Wolf Prince

    Wolf Prince My future job title.

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    Jedi powers. Constantly trying to levitate things. The one time it happen scared me to death and was cool too.
    Also think about creation of the universe and try to picture it. The entire universe structure in detail. What a workout.
     
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    Mia Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    I do. Play word games or take quizzes. Read every spare moment I have. Do taekwondo kicks and ballet when I'm waiting for something to cook or load, or fill up. Do pushups on the stairs. Dance when playing with my cats.
     
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    Bolletje Potato chip wizard V.I.P Member

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    Im currently on sick leave from work. I usually read to keep myself stimulated, but I can’t concentrate too well these days.
    I try to keep my mind a little occupied by doing crossword puzzles.
     
  10. WoodWorkingJoel

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    I used to do that when I was younger but it started to stress me out because my siblings noticed and would call me weirdo etc.
    That and I was worried I was going nuts :)
     
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    word games calm me down.
     
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    Always.

    I can get frustrated if bored.
    I avoid boredom.

    If I'm not physically moving,
    I'm figuring things out, or observing, or making stuff up.

    I would write that I have difficulty being 'still' in mind and body,
    but I think it more a case of my not wanting to be.
     
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    Yeah, I do. I always enjoy testing my memory.
     
  14. Nervous Rex

    Nervous Rex High-functioning autistic V.I.P Member

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    When my mind is idle, I look for patterns in numbers around me, on license plates, or in things I count, or try to find anagrams of words.

    When I go to sleep, I pick a math problem to think about, so it quiets all the other thoughts. Sometimes I pick a problem that's too interesting and I wind up staying awake to work on it. Sometimes I'll also recite some poem, scripture, or number sequence that I've memorized to lull myself to sleep.
     
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    Yes, often around languages I learned or am learning, see how many languages I can say a word in, for example.
     
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    All the time.

    Memory games (such as memorizing latin names for mushrooms and mushroom related fungus), logic puzzles and pattern recognition games.

    Memorizing things is almost a sickness for me, well I suppose it would be one if I didn't enjoy it.
     
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    Nervous Rex High-functioning autistic V.I.P Member

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    A friend of mine has commented a few times that he's never met anyone else who likes memorizing stuff as much as I do.

    I like to memorize poems, songs, scriptures, etc. that I like because then I can have it with me any time I want. It's my version of, "I like this. I'm keeping it."
     
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  18. BrokenBoy

    BrokenBoy 戯言使い(Nonsense User)

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    I thought op's post said "dicks" instead of clicks at first.
     
  19. Nervous Rex

    Nervous Rex High-functioning autistic V.I.P Member

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    That font does make it a little difficult to distinguish. Like some fonts that make an 'r' followed by an 'n' look like an 'm'.
     
  20. HidinginPlainSight

    HidinginPlainSight Well-Known Member

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    For me, I'm not sure there is a reason other than pathology. Almost always the things I choose to memorize have to do with categories and/or labels.

    For example, memorizing all the geological periods, series' and stages. There is nothing objectively entertaining about knowing which series the Sakmarian stage belongs to, but it's information I chose to retain.

    Strangely, repeating any of these things out of sequence can cause some difficultly, although I have no problem placing them into the proper sequence.