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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Worse Psych Advice you've had:

Posted: 10 Apr 2009, 4:47 am 

Replies: 86
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18 horrible months of Gestalt therapy. Jeez. Podgy little eunuch running the group. A man who observed everything and listened to nothing. I thought it was just me at first till he forgot a whole bunch of stuff one of the other clients had told him and she exploded at him. He didn't seem to be aware...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Seizures and Autism

Posted: 09 Apr 2009, 9:28 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 1,397


I had about four mild seizures in my early teens. But autistic symptoms had started showing up long before then.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autism & Schizophrenia? (Genetic Hypothesis)

Posted: 08 Apr 2009, 5:12 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 1,737


Almandite: I believe that, although it's rare, you certainly can be both. I don't view the spectrum as being made up of exclusive tribes, but rather, traits. Just like the spectrographs used by astronomers to analyse distant stars, you can get the signature of more than one element superimposed on a...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Afraid To Quit Smoking

Posted: 05 Apr 2009, 9:35 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 1,354


Stick with it. I'm in the process of quitting right now. Gave up a week ago, had three last night then threw the pack away. I've been using nicotine tablets. Been smoking for ten years, average 15 per day. It's tough. And I've tried a few times before. There's a couple of knuckle-dents in the wall, ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Introverts/Extroverts - wrong way round?

Posted: 05 Apr 2009, 12:56 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 1,091


Yup - both terms can be rather misleading. If you're an extrovert, it means your mind instinctively focuses on people. If you're an introvert, it means your mind instinctively focuses on the world that surrounds people. Neither has to do with how social you're prepared to be. You can be a very outgo...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How Can We Prepare for Social Unrest & Civil Disorder?

Posted: 05 Apr 2009, 12:43 pm 

Replies: 186
Views: 18,864


May I recommend the following? Vault-Co is run by a self-confessed Aspie, an American who moved to Australia to get away from it all. He's sometimes rather over-the-top in his apocalyptic predictions, but hosts some good snippets of information about our collapsing world. Warning: if you're of a lef...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Introverts/Extroverts - wrong way round?

Posted: 05 Apr 2009, 9:58 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 1,091


Just a thought that occurred to me today. We normally think of extroverts as people-persons, and by definition, "outgoing". Introverts, meanwhile, are considered "withdrawn" and inward-looking. That's SUCH an extrovert thing to say! Extroverts are actually inward-looking! They look only at each othe...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: THE JUNGLE OF THE SENSES - a field guide to mutants

Posted: 04 Apr 2009, 5:30 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 3,064


I'd say that nowadays, society has a marked bias towards extrovert people. This means that the dark sides of both psychopaths and borderlines are seen as less remarkable than the strangeness of autists or schizophrenics. Take a look at the many complaints raised in the "Love and Dating" forum here. ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: THE JUNGLE OF THE SENSES - a field guide to mutants

Posted: 04 Apr 2009, 5:29 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 3,064


I'd say that nowadays, society has a marked bias towards extrovert people. This means that the dark sides of both psychopaths and borderlines are seen as less remarkable than the strangeness of autists or schizophrenics. Take a look at the many complaints raised in the "Love and Dating" forum here. ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: THE JUNGLE OF THE SENSES - a field guide to mutants

Posted: 04 Apr 2009, 1:59 pm 

Replies: 17
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Inventor: you may be right saying there are no mutants. It's my belief that psychopathy is an ancient, default operating system of the human mind - from a time long before human consciousness had fully evolved. It probably precedes Jaynes's bicameral mind. If the right conditioning is applied in chi...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: THE JUNGLE OF THE SENSES - a field guide to mutants

Posted: 04 Apr 2009, 11:41 am 

Replies: 17
Views: 3,064


Jenny and Bob - thank you for taking the time to read this, it is a bit of a doorstop, I know! Yes, I'd probably turn down the vitriol a bit if I were writing this for neurotypical readers. There are plenty of people on WP with scars and war stories from their experiences with normal people, and I'm...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: THE JUNGLE OF THE SENSES - a field guide to mutants

Posted: 04 Apr 2009, 6:11 am 

Replies: 17
Views: 3,064


PART OCTARINE: THE CIGARETTE AFTERWARDS Humans a strange species to begin with. Ask any animal. It's inevitable that we'll find each other strange. Mutants are everywhere, with strengths and weaknesses, giving things to the world and breaking the world at the same time. We, the autists, are one sha...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: THE JUNGLE OF THE SENSES - a field guide to mutants

Posted: 04 Apr 2009, 6:07 am 

Replies: 17
Views: 3,064


PART SEVEN: MUTANTS IN HISTORY This part, more than any other, is just speculation. But I sometimes wonder if civilisations are defined by which mutants are popular and influential in society. Civilisation begins, as did the human race, with psychopaths. Not the hopeless criminal type, but what som...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: THE JUNGLE OF THE SENSES - a field guide to mutants

Posted: 04 Apr 2009, 6:06 am 

Replies: 17
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PART SIX: THE SKINLESS SOUL Inescapable octarine light burns down onto sensitive - usually female - nerves. The world of the borderline, erupting with meaning and magic whenever another person walks by, is a wild ride. Like some tortured soul from a Clive Barker story, the borderline has no emotion...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: THE JUNGLE OF THE SENSES - a field guide to mutants

Posted: 04 Apr 2009, 6:00 am 

Replies: 17
Views: 3,064


PART FIVE: THE LIGHT FANTASTIC The shutter speed isn't the only control. You also have the iris ring setting, also known as the f-stop. This alters the size of the hole through which the light passes on its way to the film. You might think of it as the camera's brightness control. It also has anoth...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: THE JUNGLE OF THE SENSES - a field guide to mutants

Posted: 04 Apr 2009, 5:58 am 

Replies: 17
Views: 3,064


PART FOUR: MY FATHER'S HOUSE My father's house is a very different place. Here, the passing of one moment is absorbed for such a long time that it melts into the preceding moment, and the one that's to come. There is no real passage of time here, just one endless instant of dreaming, each dream mer...
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