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When I venture beyond the confines of my front door, I'm basically in the NT world whether I like it or not. How I interpret or use such terms is of no consequence to a vast social majority for which I am not part of.
I just don't find such a social dynamic to be "empowering" at all. Similar to why I make a concerted effort not to tell anyone and everyone that I'm on the spectrum of autism. Where more than likely it involves consequences rather than any sense of empowerment. "Need-to-know only".
... "Each to their own" as you say.
Outside of this community those are colloquial, disparaging terms I generally avoid using. Besides, dictionary definitions appear to be void of any neurological implications anyways.
I agree, but in the context of the diagnoses (Kanner & Asperger), it meant "selfish frame of reference." That is the basis for our typical outside-of-the-box style of thinking.
I was using "selfish" differently. And I wasn't speaking for everybody (in that instance), just those traits that occur more frequently among us than they do among NTs. (That leaves plenty of room for exceptions.)We're not selfish if we don't get selfish.
I see persons with ASC as individual and I don't slang any of them and I won't put up with it from any of you towards myself or each other.
... . Though in most cases I think when such terms are used, they are done so not to categorize others, but only themselves. 1 With no ill intent. Please keep this in mind before you attack any of them. However admittedly outside this domain, that's another matter. Where I still hear such terms used in a derogatory manner.
We have any number of different terms that we debate as to whether they are perceived as good or bad, accurate or even helpful. 2 Though as members we don't have the authority to determine who can or can't use them. That's something left up to the mods and admin.
I was using "selfish" differently. And I wasn't speaking for everybody (in that instance), just those traits that occur more frequently among us than they do among NTs. (That leaves plenty of room for exceptions.)
"Poor theory of mind" is one of those frequently occurring traits. It is a kind of selfishness, not in the sense of "lacking generosity," but in its limited scope of perception. I do not consider the latter to be a cynical position just a neurological limitation (that we can eventually compensate for). My earliest attempt to do so was by adopting The Golden Rule.
... And generally not with any malice. But then so are other terms like Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, Aspie, High-Functioning, ASD, and so on. I think just about every term whether slang or clinical in nature has been hotly debated here at one time or another.
Certain terms are "hot-buttons" for some, endearing for others who want to co-opt them. We can all speak our minds of what we think of them, but that in no way means we can make them go away or profoundly change their meaning on a whim.
But those aren't tribes. The National Autism Society in the UK has gone over to ASC for condition (following the lead of people like me). NT merely means people who claim to not be "any of the above": I appreciate some don't like it so I try to put it in quotes or add a prefix.
Some of our writers have mentioned style, which I see as how I was styled by my "creator" if one might be permitted to mention the concept or metaphor. The risk is people might immediately want me restyled. We style our adaptations by slow learning, but only within our capabilities. On occasion I've referred to myself as a "computer geek". To this date it appears to have offended no one. My bad.
I find the same traits of mind occur in all types of people anyway so it is all one continuum.
None of the above are cultures. Each individual creates their own cultures and participates in wider ones.