[Rev.] Romulus Campan FDScMH (Forensic), LTh (Hons), CertEd, QTS, PgCert Religion, Spirituality & Mental Health, PgCert Special Psychopedagogy, PgCert Autism & Asperger’s This article is an expanded and revised version of my previous post, A Concerned Neurodivergent’s critique of Judy Singer’s “There’s a lot in a name… Diversity vs Divergence” article – I – … I … Continue reading A Medi-Social Model of Neurodivergence/Neurodiversity, an Introduction… (- II -)
On page 1 of his fundamental summary of (Classic) "Autism and Asperger's Syndrome", S. Baron-Cohen (2008) lists as "Key Points" the two, overlappingly different subgroups of what has come to be known as the "Autistic Spectrum". "Classic autism and Asperger syndrome share two key features: -Social communication difficulties -Narrow interests and repetitive actions. But they … Continue reading The importance of Asperger’s Syndrome as a unique clinical diagnostic category…
"3) We are escape artists. We know how to escape. It’s the way we survive this place. We escape through our fixations, obsessions, over-interest in a subject, our imaginings, and even made up reality. We escape and make sense of our world through mental processing, in spoken or written form. We escape in the rhythm … Continue reading Third of Asperger’s Ten Traits – Escape Artist, from the World into my Box…
Driven, probably by the systemising neuro-biology of my brain, I'm constantly looking for an organised understanding of facts, where "the three…", "the seven…" or "the ten…" somethings, constantly attract my semantic mind. On such a fortunate occasion, I have found Samantha Croft's -now former- blog, Everyday Asperger's. In her new website's own words, "Samantha Croft, … Continue reading First of Asperger’s Ten Traits – Extreme Intelligence
There are times when, at least in my case, only heartfelt music restores some balance to my chaotically racing mind, savagely trying to escape another meltdown... If You are looking for some soothing piano tunes to calm the storms, consider Yiruma... Piano played with the heart, perfect for my quiet chamber of self, where my neuro-divergence … Continue reading Yiruma against meltdowns…
Realising that for ME, my own SELF is not “just” a collection of individual characteristics, but a perfect world, opened a whole new chapter in the sometimes painful process of liberating myself from the slavery imposed on me, i.e. the attempt of pleasing my surroundings, the people who claim to see the bigger picture, but miserably fail to see others as vital details of these pictures.
I started to see the absolute value of the SELF, which is not only a person, ME, but also a place which I can identify as “within”, where I can find MYSELF. And I absolutely agree with the writer’s critique of the allistic world; it’s just hard to realise that this world still acts as a trap unless the neurodivergent finds their way back within themselves. And yes, interaction is important for all the practical reasons, but it should be MY choice, not my chain…
Oh, does this make me “selfish”?
Absolutely, and it feels great!
Autos = Greek for “Self”.
Autism = extreme practice / system / doctrine of the Self.
For me, that’s the only — the only — way I can effectively create. And think. And live.
Other people’s input is fine for them to offer, but it’s for them. Not for me. I cannot abide having input from others into what I’m doing, while I’m doing it. Every now and then, I’ll make an exception for works that are intended for a wider audience. But the works I create for myself, and for the sake of creating — totally, 100% Autistic. and that’s absolutely perfect.
The danger, of course, comes from my developed way of relating to the rest of the world. I know I am different. I have no desire to conform…
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