Some perspective...and a few References for those that care.

John Elder Robinson,  the author of  "Look Me In The Eye:  my life with Asperger's" writes this: 

"Many descriptions of autism and Asperger's describe people like me as 'not wanting contact with others' or 'preferring to play alone'. ...I;d like to be VERY clear about my own feelings: I  did not ever want to be alone.  And all those child psychologists (1960's) who said 'John prefers to play by himself' were DEAD wrong.  I played by myself because (at the time) I was a failure at playing with others...As a young adult, I was lucky to discover and join the world of musicians & soundmen and special-effects people.  People in those lines of work expect to deal with eccentric people. "

Elsewhere he writes:  "I suspect that grown-ups drew me out enough as a child to keep me engaged and on a path with my conversational limitations better than children.,,,my inablility to read body language or appearance meant--in a world rife with discrimination-- that I treated everone the same."

"I have learned to begin conversations with a question,  like 'How are you?' ...now I realize that many normal people are acting in a superficial and often false manner.  So rather then let them make me feel bad, I'd express my annoyance...Fortunately, I had enough satisfactory exchanges with intelligent grown ups to keep me wanting to interact.  No one would have looked at me thirty years ago and foreseen that I'd have the social skills I have today, or the ability to express the emotions, thoughts, and feelings you read in this book. "

From Tony Attwood's book:    "The person may actively seek and enjoy solitude, be a loyal friend and have a distinct sense of humour."

As for the Co-Morbid anxiety that occurs with many AS persons;  try this.....

Reading the book may help....

References given in the book for your entertainment......

The OASIS Guide to Asperger's Syndrome

Look Me In The Eye

Asperger's Syndrome

Temple Grandin's site

Passing as human....

The curious incident of a dog in the nighttime....summary

And finally, The world needs ALL kinds of minds.....Temple Grandin.

a blog that is aplicable......

How about one on rerouting brain function

And other then ADAM,   and Temple Grandin,  Thinking in Pictures,   you also should consider seeing Mozart and the Whale.

I have had it indicated to me that maybe it was not a good idea to start a conversation about the demonstations of mental and cranial plasiticity, and that it would be better served elsewhere.    

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Goodhart (author) 4 years ago
lemonie4 years ago
A syndrome is not hard-wired. Don't be held back by diagnoses, they will if you waste your time on them.

Goodhart (author)  lemonie4 years ago
This really is a neurological condition i.e. brain developement, type of syndrome; 

Goodhart (author)  lemonie4 years ago
Asperger's Syndrome hardwired. 
"No one cause has been found-", "It is thought that there might be-" "-not really sure why."
If you can rewire it (done so) it must be "soft" in some way?('cos you ain't been DIY bran-surgery)

Goodhart (author)  lemonie4 years ago
Cause? No, except for genomally, i.e. it is inherited. But even the vascular system can "rewire itself". I have seen it done ! Not just in myself, but in my father-in-law's case. Nothing, not even hardwired portions of ourselves are static. :-)
Goodhart (author)  lemonie4 years ago
This one IS specifically hard wired. They have demonstrated this with brain scans, consistently.

This DOESN'T mean I can not "rewire it" myself, I have done so, having gained some social amenities and have learned to pause and make every attempt to "use them" despite my more innate nature to just blurt out what I know.  
Fascinating. Condescending. Self-righteous.

And also irrelevant to the clinical standards for the diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome.
Maybe not central for diagnosis, but it is crucial for treatment/help/support of people with Aspergers that their social needs are not denied by those who diagnose them. The psychiatrist is supposed to guide the person to the skills he/she needs, but that can't be done if that psychiatrist is convinced that personal social interaction (as friendship opposed to formal situations) isn't one of these needs. It seems to be one of the most important parts of life most of the aspies feel deprived of.
So all those doctors are crazy or quacks? Everyone needs a hug now and then.
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