autism

Conversational Gambits

This is an excerpt from the excellent book Emotional Agility by Susan David, PhD.

She talks about a research project where married couples were studied in their “natural habitat” to understand communication better. Susan lists out the “bids for emotional attention” the study used.…

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Ocular Overload

Continuing my exploration of neurodiversity issues. I challenge you, reader, to see things in a different way than you’re used to seeing.

If you weren’t expecting it and someone started screaming in your ear, how would you react? Most likely, your first instinct would be to turn your head away.…

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The most inspirational quote

A  quote that reshaped my life came from a mathematical textbook.

I’ve remembered it as “what one fool can do, so can another,” but in full form it is:

Being myself a remarkably stupid fellow, I have had to teach myself the difficulties, and now beg to present to my fellow fools the parts that are not hard.

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Why I don’t like the term “mental illness”

I’m rolling around the idea of a nonfiction book about writing and mental health. This comes from a couple of places. First, many writers I know suffer from various mental health conditions, and would feel inspired by an account of someone prevailing despite headwinds.…

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Sensory Overload

I am now curious. Does anyone else experience this?

Back in the olden days, I remember LED clocks would light up solidly. I could turn my head quickly, or even just swivel my eyes, and the solid bars of the 7-segment display would stretch out into lightsabery lines.…

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Micah Joel

Purveyor of things geeky