Thursday, June 7, 2012

Pretending to Be Something You're Not

Bit by by, I am sure many, if not all of you, who are neurotypical, recognize certain traits of Asperger's in yourself. That's why, for example, it's a spectrum disorder.  The variance is great.

For me, of course, it is a very large package of symptoms.

But I think that recognizing bits in yourself as an NT is the first step toward real understanding of the need for neurodiversity.  We need to be more understanding and loving of each other when it comes to seemingly very simple things that are grounded in cultural wide assumptions and expectations -- like how we each communicate.  Some of us don't like the phone because we get confused, cannot tell when to talk, and the list goes on; we don't say we dislike the phone to be a pain in your collective ass.

Today over at Monkey Brains, I am writing about how exhausting it is to NOT know about your difference and then spend a lifetime "passing."