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23 Jan, 2017 at 12:53 pm
I’ve heard things like this since I was in my early teens, but I don’t agree with the “autism spectrum”. I see the world in a very honest and direct way. That’s not bad or incorrect. In essence it’s more accurate than the wishful thinkers- as I call everyone else 🙂
The happy face means my comment disagrees by I’m not being intentionally unpleasant.
23 Jan, 2017 at 1:25 pm
What do you mean by you don’t agree with the autism spectrum? Are you saying that it doesn’t exist? Are you saying autism doesn’t exist?
23 Jan, 2017 at 1:30 pm
I mean a different way of seeing the world isn’t automatically an “illness!.
23 Jan, 2017 at 1:42 pm
Most autistic people know that, but try telling that to the rest of the world!
And then there’s Gaslighting
23 Jan, 2017 at 12:56 pm
Rain Man was an extreme. I know quite a few people who are somewhere on the spectrum, but perfectly able to function just like all the rest of us. They maybe have a few quirks, but don’t we all? I’m not trying to make light of the condition, but to put it into perspective. There are variations of degree in every aspect of life. That’s what makes the human race so interesting.
23 Jan, 2017 at 1:35 pm
That’s why it’s called a spectrum. While it’s true that most people don’t realise I’m on the spectrum, most people do see my “quirkiness”.
But what practically no-one sees is the huge amount of effort I have to put in to pass as “normal”. I’ve done it all my life, although for the first 60 years I didn’t understand why I found it so difficult. I assumed it was the same for everyone, but whenever I suggested ways of making things easier, I was always rebuffed. These days I know why.
20 Dec, 2017 at 7:15 am
My husband is not a rain man either. 🙂
20 Dec, 2017 at 7:16 am
I meant, my husband is not Rain Man either. But I adore Rain Man.
20 Dec, 2017 at 8:34 pm
Hi, Barry. I just noticed that my 2 comments above has some strange link. Could you please remove it? I don´t know how to edit or delete my comment, but if you can, please just delete it (the ones with the stupid link). I seriously have no idea how it got there and it is annoying. I don’t want anyone to think that I have been spamming, I really don´t know how it got there.
20 Dec, 2017 at 8:49 pm
NB: Thanks 🙂 🙂 🙂
20 Dec, 2017 at 8:54 pm
I have no idea why those links were there. They always appear when I view comments using the Android WordPress App, but not otherwise. I’m guessing it might have been because I changed your comments from ‘pending’ to ‘approved’ via the App. WordPress does strange things from time to time 🙂
20 Dec, 2017 at 8:57 pm
I see. The link is gone now – thanks 🙂