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Featured Would you trade your Autism for something else?

Discussion in 'General Autism Discussion' started by disconnected, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. disconnected

    disconnected Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    When I work in the city I ride the train to work. On the way home I saw a woman with a dog and I quickly wondered if dogs are allowed on the train. Anyhow when she stood up I took notice that she was completely blind. Her dog led her onto the train and into a vacation seat. It was apparent she was 100% blind as she felt her way on and reached toward the seat. I had an immediate feeling of sorrow. I began to think how much I enjoy my sight since I’m a visual learner . I would prefer to keep my Autism opposed to being blind.

    What are your thoughts?
     
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  2. Judge

    Judge Well-Known Member

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    My form of autism reflects the only neurological perspective I've ever had. Since I don't have that perspective of "something else", there's no way for me to weigh it against my autism in comparison.
     
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  3. disconnected

    disconnected Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    I just notice a trend on different sites of everyone having the victim mentality. ;).

    I think it makes me good at things
     
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  4. tducey

    tducey Well-Known Member

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    I'd trade mine for the ability to drive as well as the ability to have permanent employment. Other than that I am fine with my Autism.
     
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  5. Autistamatic

    Autistamatic He's just this guy, you know? V.I.P Member

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    I'm Autistic. I've always been autistic. I don't know any other way. I do know I don't want to be someone else, I'm happy being me. I don't want to swap my identity for anything.
     
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  6. Bolletje

    Bolletje Potato chip wizard V.I.P Member

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    I wouldn’t mind trading my autism (although mostly my comorbidities) for a large sum of money, say, enough to pay off the debt in student loans I accrued from going to med school with my ASD.
     
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  7. Peter Morrison

    Peter Morrison Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    In truth, there are certain aspects of Aspergers that I wish didn't exist, but I am not sure about exchanging one difficulty for another. I don't know what my new reality would be like. We can only go as far as our abilities take us. There are very few people in the world who can be and do anything, and I know I'm not one of them. We should just be kind to everyone because we never completely understand what difficulties people face.
     
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    onlything something something V.I.P Member

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    Is there a trial version available?
     
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  9. Tom

    Tom Well-Known Member

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    I'd trade it for 70,000 cubic yards of nice dirt. I love big dirt piles!

    dirt pile.jpeg
     
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  10. clg114

    clg114 Still crazy, after all these years. Staff Member V.I.P Member

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    If I wasn't autistic, I wouldn't be me. I like being me. For me the advantages of being autistic out weight the disadvantages.
     
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  11. the_tortoise

    the_tortoise Lost Soul V.I.P Member

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    Nope.

    The grass is always greener on the other side.

    And I like being me, I like existing.
     
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    I'd trade it for good health, something that's taken a downward spiral at 42.

    I wouldn't trade it for a bunch of money, because then what would I do with my time besides talk to people? I'd rather have a bunch of money and stay alone and tinker with projects all day long.
     
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  13. ChasingRacing60

    ChasingRacing60 New Member

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    That sounds exactly like me. I am absolutely a wreck while driving and I couldn't keep up mentally with my jobs.
     
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    SusanLR Well-Known Member

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    I'd trade it for good health.
    Physical afflictions can be so tiring.

    I would trade it for a large sum of money
    so I wouldn't have to worry about how or where I am going to live.
     
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    On the other hand there's a difference between "having a victim mentality" and thinking there are negative aspects to autism, like how there are negative aspects to practically everything in existence. However, it's a different experience for everyone.
     
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    In fact I would go so far as to say that dismissing people's negative experiences with autism is actually pretty harmful. There might even be some denial involved.
     
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    Gracey Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    I’ve not long discovered there’s a name for it. (Aspergers)
    An actual medical label.
    I’m still trying to own it.

    I’ll consider trading after I’ve finished obsessing with it :)
     
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  18. Mathalamus

    Mathalamus Emperor of the Mathalamus Empire V.I.P Member

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    i would trade my autism for a penny.
     
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  19. Progster

    Progster Gone sideways to the sun V.I.P Member

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    I would trade it for an upgrade, a better, improved version of myself. Progster version 2.0 :)
     
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  20. Mr Allen

    Mr Allen Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Yeah but if you weren't Autistic, you possibly could've been an actual Judge.

    Me? If I wasn't Aspie I'd be in a good job earning a decent wage, and possibly married with at least 2 kids by now and living in a big 3 bedroom House in South West London like my Brother, well maybe somewhere a bit closer to Sheffield than London.