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 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Formalized friendship / alternative extended families?

Posted: Yesterday, 5:30 pm 

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(Mona: Let me know if I assume things about your groups which aren't the case or where the language could be clarified or modified) Wiccan covens are a useful model for us. They're groups of 13 or fewer people. They're led by one or more elders (more traditional groups are led by a High Priestess a...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: How do I meet people if I don't go alone to the pub, e.g.?

Posted: Yesterday, 4:44 pm 

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Do you have any hobbies? If so, maybe look on Meetup.com for groups of people with the same or similar hobbies?

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Thoughts about friendship

Posted: Yesterday, 4:01 pm 

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Revisiting this thread because I happened to have occasion to refer to it in another thread . Back here , I wrote: According to Shasta Nelson, a friendship must have 3 aspects: "positivity," "vulnerability," and "consistency." What she calls "positivity" rough...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Is there such a thing as 'friendship flings'?

Posted: Yesterday, 3:08 pm 

Replies: 19
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I too am very private with the people I know in my immediate neighborhood. I don't consider my immediate neighbors to be potential close friends. Throughout my adult life, the only people I've ever regarded as potential close friends have been people who shared one or more of my interests, and who ...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Advice for starting a business for neurodivergents

Posted: 25 Jan 2023, 9:20 pm 

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1) what resources do you wish were available to support and empower you as an an autistic person? Not for me personally, but for various other autistic adults I've known, through the support groups I've been involved in and elsewhere: 1) A social worker who is an expert on the details of various go...

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: Aretha Franklin song ‘Natural Woman’ deemed offensive

Posted: 25 Jan 2023, 3:50 pm 

Replies: 44
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Aretha Franklin ‘Natural Woman’ diss was ‘satire,’ trans ‘activists’ now claim urns out a supposed transgender “activist” group may not have a problem with Aretha Franklin after all. Last week, an alleged-Norway based LGBTQ rights group called the Trans Cultural Mindfulness Alliance took to Twitter...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What's the oldest memory that you have?

Posted: 25 Jan 2023, 2:55 pm 

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I can't single out any one of my early childhood memories as being the very oldest. One of my earliest memories is of a day on which my father told me, repeatedly, "You are four years old." I remember, at that point, knowing the meanings of the words "You," "are," and &...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Is there such a thing as 'friendship flings'?

Posted: 25 Jan 2023, 5:40 am 

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Yes, I'm quite private in real life, I don't tell people much about myself because I think it's too weird e.g. I am a book editor of mostly erotic or M/M romance, I also write fanfiction which is often sexy. I don't think people in real life would like that at all! Or, at least, the people in your ...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Formalized friendship / alternative extended families?

Posted: 25 Jan 2023, 5:03 am 

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I think the problem these days with finding friends is that no one depends on anyone for anything. We can all get whatever we want from the internet. We're all going along on our own tracks, independent of anyone else. So friendship has disappeared. In the past, everyone's life depended on everyone...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Formalized friendship / alternative extended families?

Posted: 25 Jan 2023, 1:22 am 

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I wouldn’t like this at all. I don’t like forced friendships or forced socialization. Fraternal organizations might have been an Aspie’s nightmare. People in them were subject to scrutiny, and these were very conformist organizations. If you were “weird,” you might be ostracized. Indeed, these are ...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Formalized friendship / alternative extended families?

Posted: 24 Jan 2023, 6:59 pm 

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Would these be in person groups, or online? Perhaps a mix of both? They would almost certainly need to have at least some in-person meetings. But the ratio of in-person to online meetings could vary a lot from one group to another, depending on both the group's theme and the personal needs of its m...

 Forum: Love and Dating   Topic: What Am I Even Supposed To Do To?

Posted: 24 Jan 2023, 6:39 pm 

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The Grand Inquisitor wrote:
If I was flushed with opportunities outside of work then I'd take those instead, but that's not my reality.

Your new career has likely improved your overall social status at least a little bit, hence might improve your prospects outside of work, at least so some extent.

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Formalized friendship / alternative extended families?

Posted: 24 Jan 2023, 6:23 pm 

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To bring this thread back on topic. Formal friendship groups are a specific type of group. They are not a specific way of advertising a group, such as Meetup.com. Formal friendship groups, unlike ordinary social groups, typically have initiation rituals, oaths or vows, and a (hopefully robust) syste...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Does having the flashy cars and stuff make you a man ?

Posted: 24 Jan 2023, 2:29 pm 

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I've never had any interest in "flashy cars" or guys who had them.

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Is there such a thing as 'friendship flings'?

Posted: 24 Jan 2023, 2:26 pm 

Replies: 19
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Yes, it takes me a loooooooong time to trust someone and feel close to them. Probably over a year. In that time, often the person has gone through the stages of friendship and discarded me already! They haven't got the patience to wait for me to open up to them. But you've opened up, quite a bit, t...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Formalized friendship / alternative extended families?

Posted: 24 Jan 2023, 1:00 pm 

Replies: 20
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I think this was why Meetup was set up originally: to make groups of people with similar interests in a more formal way. The purpose of Meetup.com is to help people organize in-person groups, of whatever kind, NOT specifically what I am referring to here as "formal friendship groups." Wha...
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