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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: do you guys mostly socialize online, too?

Posted: 15 May 2023, 3:43 pm 

Replies: 24
Views: 920

Yes, but as I oscillate between the UK and the USA, it's often the only way I can keep in touch with my friends and family. I wouldn't want online interaction to replace physically being with people I know and trust (if it's reasonably possible to be with them), but for everybody else, bring it on. ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: One thing I've always wanted is unattainable; another family

Posted: 15 May 2023, 1:55 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 559

I make my own families. I have my sports family, my work family, my in-law family, meet up family, trivia family, fb family and WP family, so far. The UK band I sometimes play in has been known to refer to itself as a family, and that's not without validity. We don't get together very often but we ...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: How do you deal with screen addiction?

Posted: 10 May 2023, 11:06 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 262

I try to get out of the house. I don't have any devices that could properly be called mobile, except a rather heavy laptop, so the method works fairly well for me. Another thing is to start a music recording project. That's always computer-based these days, but at least some of it is singing, playin...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: If/when you mask and unmask, do you do it consciously?

Posted: 10 May 2023, 11:11 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 334

I don't really hold with this ASD-specific masking concept. It's too hard for me to know where the line is between that and cultivating polite or sensible behaviour. Once I know that a particular kind of behaviour bothers people, I'm likely to try to avoid it as long as it doesn't cost me much. Is t...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Talking in Quotes

 Post subject: Re: Talking in Quotes
Posted: 10 May 2023, 10:40 am 

Replies: 38
Views: 908

So I have deduced from this thread that it's safer to only use quotes with my husband and daughter who know what I'm talking about. And not use quotes with other people. One time, what a faux pas I made. I watch Father Ted and there was an episode where they were talking about a boring priest, 'sor...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Exploring Consciousness

 Post subject: Re: Exploring Consciousness
Posted: 09 May 2023, 9:47 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 332

In as far as I have "explored" consciousness, I think I've done so out of sheer curiosity. Not that I claim to have figured out what it is or to know much about it. I think it's one of those things where we're too close to it to be able to see it clearly.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Are you "missing" some emotions?

Posted: 09 May 2023, 9:39 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 609

No, I don't think there are any known emotions that I've not felt. But sometimes I've not realised it till afterwards.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Talking in Quotes

 Post subject: Re: Talking in Quotes
Posted: 09 May 2023, 2:53 pm 

Replies: 38
Views: 908

Yes I used to do that sometimes, but I seem to have mostly learned that not everybody knows the quotes I know.

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: The Journey Technique for Memorization: how does it work?

Posted: 08 May 2023, 6:21 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 375

I just tried installing and running Anki. It works, though it wasn't intuitively obvious to me how to use it. I tried downloading a couple of "decks" of flashcards. They kind of work, but I'm still struggling to figure out how to switch between different decks and different sections of a g...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: One thing I've always wanted is unattainable; another family

Posted: 08 May 2023, 3:11 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 559

Yes I too kind of miss my earlier childhood when there were always people in the house. Not that it was always cordial, and that rather spoiled a lot of it. And although I've been married a few times, I can't say I've much enjoyed the company of many of the relatives I acquired that way. Sometimes I...

 Forum: Art, Writing, and Music   Topic: what songs describe aspects of yourself, your personality?

Posted: 07 May 2023, 11:16 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 468

There's a few bits of me in this pair of songs by The Jam - "Start!" and "Going Underground."

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autism and empathy

 Post subject: Re: Autism and empathy
Posted: 07 May 2023, 8:32 pm 

Replies: 184
Views: 5,971

^ I gave up watching live television (especially the news) decades ago, and never regretted it. I don't see myself as the world's keeper, and I don't see there's much I can do about it when it keeps going wrong. I just look at the occasional news website, mostly to keep abreast of matters that might...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Are there medications which treat symptoms of mild autism?

Posted: 07 May 2023, 2:46 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 273

Yes, if you get anxious or depressed there are sedatives and antidepressants, if you happen to decide they're worth the risks, and that's pretty much all. That's all I was offered when I was diagnosed with ASD, and as I've not yet been anxious or depressed to the point of such desperation as that, I...

 Forum: Computers, Math, Science, and Technology   Topic: The Journey Technique for Memorization: how does it work?

Posted: 06 May 2023, 5:12 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 375

The Journey Technique doesn't look as if it would help my memory either, for the same kind of reason - it's the same list of seemingly arbitrary things wrapped up into some daft and unlikely story which isn't ultimately any easier to remember than the original set of raw data. I once tried to use a ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autism and people with one hand

Posted: 06 May 2023, 3:55 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 333

I guess it depends on the person and the severity. In my case, I certainly wouldn't give one of my hands in order to become neurotypical. Playing the guitar and piano reasonably well has been very useful in mitigating some of the social problems of my ASD, and although I'd presumably be able to use ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Dunkin Donuts Situation

 Post subject: Re: Dunkin Donuts Situation
Posted: 06 May 2023, 3:46 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 186

I think it's a very common thing with ASD, that it takes longer to learn, though when we finally get there we often know it better than most. Certainly that's my experience of being taught by most other people. Short-term memory is also a problem with many who have ASD, so if your training is mostly...
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