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  2. Joie6

    Radio documentary about autistic games designer

    Her experience reminds me my trip to New York. I hardly got used to the noises.
  3. Joie6

    Radio documentary about autistic games designer

    It's very inspiring 😊
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  6. Jade's World Grace Dent follows Jade, a games designer with autism. She's heading to a world-famous games festival in New York. Can she navigate her condition and make the trip a success? Listen or download the podcast here (28 minutes)
  7. Dr-David-Banner

    What Is Autistic Psychopathy?

    Set myself a goal some weeks back to try and publish concrete facts on Asperger's autistic psychopathy. My view is psychology is way behind hard sciences like electronics or maths and is closer to politics or history (where opinion creates trends of thought). Whereas in hard sciences the initial rules are accepted by all and we move on. You cannot do this with autism if nobody agrees and actually nails down the definitions. Sure the knowledge is there to be tapped but it's spread out and disorganised or renamed or re-interpreted. Plus in my view the original studies done by Asperger are accurate enough to stand as they are and not be airbrushed. This goes back to the philosopher Socrates who stated you can't teach a subject without first defining what it is.
  8. I tend to be a bit of a rebel as the system let me down from A to Z. School was impossible and my problems were obvious. If you were slow you were just taken for being a dunce. It took years for me to discover AS and maybe 3 years more to conclude the medical establishment had misrepresented Asperger's work in ways I find hard to fathom. Diagnosis can be simplified by the use of basic logic. Clues? If you have full AS childhood is the first area to examine. Concerned parents, frustrated teachers, clumsiness, withdrawel, tantrums, bullying and so on. School is likely to be highly problematic with full AS. Hardly any of Asperger's patients coped with normal school. A few could be helped while some others couldn't cope in a normal school. Other than that Asperger states you can be non neurotypical with traits of AS. In fact it is probably far better to have autism traits than the full disorder. I think where I may disagree with Lorna Wing was her statement the Asperger children were clinical case extremes and worst case scenario. She then coined the term Asperger Syndrome and applied it widely. That finally led to such high levels of diagnosis mostly in the US, we ended up with an underground culture of Aspies. By the thousands.
  9. Dr-David-Banner

    Could Elliot Rodger Have Been "Cured"?

    The thinking behind this question I asked is what on earth was the psychologist doing? If an individual develops anti social symptoms that places others in potential danger, then steps have to be taken. Yet here several alarming videos were placed on YouTube. As to effective treatment why not? My take on this is we are programmed to think we must have a career, friends and marry. And then have children. The snag is with very acute Asperger Syndrome you are simply unable to pass through this process. Marriage and work depend upon successful interpretation of social norms. If you markedly say and do the wrong things and become an outsider, you either end up very isolated or maybe homeless - worst case scenario. I think though that if you learn there's a solid reason behind all of it, that helps a lot. I don't mean using AS as an excuse - just accepting trying to be remotely normal is tough going. I myself only have one relatively close female friend and there the bond is she's not fully NT and they have autism (high-functioning) in the family. I have no idea if I ought to flirt with her, how to flirt or if it's simply the autism issue that we have in common. I am totally clueless. Really I just had to accept with the AS I have curses and blessings. However those who feel obligated to compete and live up to expectations of being a winner and popular may become depressed and later maybe angry and even unstable. Just the same as relationships you might as well add employment, family and friendships to the list.
  10. Dr-David-Banner

    Could Elliot Rodger Have Been "Cured"?

    Not that, E. R. didn't have various co-morbid conditions and an overall cocktail of experiences and influences that pushed him towards destruction. Off-topic but after all it seems you can also access Hans Asperger's work in English. I only had it in Russian but, glad to say, it is indeed available to read in English. https://archive.org/stream/ChildAndAdolescentPsychology/Children%20&%20adolescents/Autism%20and%20asperger/2008%20-%20Autism%20and%20Asperger%20syndrome%20-%20Frith_djvu.txt
  11. Dr-David-Banner

    Could Elliot Rodger Have Been "Cured"?

    "One might expect from much that has been said so far that social integration of autistic people is extremely difficult if not impossible. After all, we have pointed out that the essential feature of the condition is a disturbance of adaptation to the social environment. This bleak expecta- tion, however, is borne out only in a minority of cases and, in particular, almost exclusively in those people with considerable intellectual retardation in addition to autism. The fate of the latter cases is often very sad. At best they may get into a low-level odd job, often only on a temporary basis. In the less favourable cases, they roam the streets as 'originals', grotesque and dilapidated, talking loudly to themselves or unconcernedly to passers-by as autistic individuals would. They are taunted by urchins and react to this with wild but ineffectual outbursts. This is not so with intellectually intact autistic individuals, and in particular those of above-average intelligence. Of course, in adulthood too their relationships to others are as disturbed as they are in childhood when they produce the same characteristic conflicts." (Hans Asperger)
  12. Tylermc

    Tylermc

    Wow it's another hot day outside where I live today  if you have any dogs or cats or any other pets make sure that they have a lot of water 💦 if it's a hot day outside where you live 😊 We gotta take care of are furry buddies 🐾🐾😊❤️Have a great day everybody 😊

    1. Peridot

      Peridot

      It's hot out here as well. Not a big fan of it. I prefer the spring. It's 30 Celcius… Ew.

  13. TheWizardofCalculus

    Could Elliot Rodger Have Been "Cured"?

    Could Eliot Roger have been cured? Depends on how you mean it. Cured of being a sack of shit? Probably. Different support system, different interactions, he might have been a different person. Or he might have always been a narcissistic piece of shit and nothing would cure him of that. We'll never know now. I think a better question might be in how to address hormones, angst, depression, insecurities, and ASD in teenagers. There's definitely something we can do about that.
  14. Dr-David-Banner

    What Is Autistic Psychopathy?

    Oops! Old wives tales and not "tails".
  15. Dr-David-Banner

    What Is Autistic Psychopathy?

    How often do you hear: "People with A.S. lack empathy." A great example how confusion and stereotyping spreads. What Asperger spelled out is autistic psychopaths either over empathise or under empathise. In the movie on Hans Christian Anderson his extreme empathy was shown in scenes where he cries at the opera and so on. So really we need to state that people with A.P. show extremes of empathy. By simply repeating the mantra that they "lack empathy" we just add to ever more misunderstanding. Another common misconception: People with A.P. simply collect large amounts of information on favourite topics such as "train spotting" but show no "deep understanding" of the subject. And yet Asperger distinguishes between 2 groups of autistic psychopaths. (1) Collectors of facts, figures and numbers. (2) Actual scientists or chemists or anatomists. The latter Asperger places in the minority. Yet for ages psychologists have adhered to the train spotting stereotype. At the moment I am attempting to clarify all Asperger discovered through quotes of his work. My hope is to build a solid framework to clearly outline what we do know before jumping ahead and aimlessly quoting stereotypes (or old wives tails). I confess much of it has had me confused just the same. Above all we need to define what autism actually is. I don't want to knock Baron Cohen but his famous test was too generalised and loose to be effective. If switchboards were jammed by people who passed the test with flying colours, that is a problem. For example, if you ask: Do you prefer to go out with friends or stay home and read?, any die-hard book worm will tip the scales closer to autism. So maybe better: Does being in the company of other people make you tense and wish to retreat by yourself? Not perfect but detail helps. Some then may respond, "I just prefer to read as I love a good book."
  16. Dr-David-Banner

    A Need to Google

    I made a startling discovery. It has to do with my fixation over the 1962 movie Carnival Of Souls. First time I saw it by chance, I was stunned. A woman who somehow exists only some of the time. She can't get close to other people. She can't share in the experiences or joy of other people. Sometimes they don't see her. So, I sought information on the movie.Candice Hilligoss starred. Herk Hervey directed. It was shot partly in Utah Salt Lake and partly in Kansas. Characters include the seedy Mr Linden, Mrs Thomas the landlady, the church pastor and Dr Samuels the psychologist. All in black and white and a very low budget film. Initially it failed miserably and soon went underground, to be shown at drive-ins. For months I found no connection to Asperger or even Schizoid personality disorder. Finally last week I got my answer. In an old interview, Herk Harvey shared he had had a paranormal experience that had left him so stirred, he phoned actress Candice Hilligoss and asked her to take the leading role in a movie. The really weird bit is I myself experienced the exact same paranormal experience as Herk Harvey. So we both have had the same experience although Herk is not on the autistic spectrum. Taking that aside, in itself this is a movie they could never duplicate today. The actors were all really good but it seems it was all a bit too far out for the audience of 1962. Later it became a cult classic.
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  18. None of what I'm going to say is helpful to the issues you're facing, but to at least give something like an answer to the core systemic problems: a.) The medical knowledge is lacking. I mean, all of the money that gets thrown into autism largely seems to be chasing after this well-intentioned idea that we're close to a "cure" for something that people can't even define. And that last bit is basically the problem. Hundreds of millions have gone into autism research, but not much has gone into understanding it broadly. I mean, look at how many people think autism is a condition that only affects children. And like, it's incredible how recently researchers have actually understood even the most basic things about how the symptoms appear in women, that sensory issues are typically a major part of ASD, etc, etc. Like, because there's like zero people with ASD actually studying ASD and contributing to the research, it means many medical professionals can keep on repeating mantras regarding from the 1950's without real resistance within the medical community. So yeah, because parents fund ASD research and they are obsessed with "fixing" their children and making them "normal", effectively zero money goes into understanding how ASD appears in adults. I'd be willing to bet that the medical community would be fucking stunned past recognition if they could sample the full range of adults with ASD, at what they can do, what they have accomplished, etc. b.) It's also partially our faults. I don't mean you and me as individuals; I mean the group of people who can pass well enough that we sort of get a choice to hide or to not. Because 99% of the time, it's easier to pass and just deal with all of the negatives that that entails. Every time an autistic person acquiesce, beats themselves up for being different, reacts to most situations making sure to seem normal --it implicitly complies with the notion that autistic people act a "certain" way, and if you don't then you aren't autistic. It's also due to the relative nascence of psychology and psychiatry; so little is known about human psychology, what affects it, how it works, etc. So when people chose to hide in plain sight, doctors don't know anything about them and their lives. c.) Politicians defunding medical care. It's extremely frustrating though. Realistically, I don't know how these issues get fixed without organizing and a serious effort at activism. That's particularly hard if you don't have an official diagnosis (then you can be freely ignored, and are potentially putting your livelihood/friendships on the line if you have a job), but still just as hard with the diagnosis because now you're publicly identifying yourself. It'd be great if there was some better, not child-associated things (like flags, symbols, public figures) for people with ASD to at least push some level of acceptance. At least to contrast with the child-centric picture of ASD.
  19. Dr-David-Banner

    Learning Exotic Languages

    Just been reading an Estonian course in St Petersburg proved to be popular despite political tensions. I am told it is close to Finnish. It has more cases than Russian but a Latin alphabet. Someone told me Finnish is harder than Estonian.
  20. Dr-David-Banner

    Learning Exotic Languages

    I still wonder about learning Hindi as my friend is Indian but she speaks Punjabee too.
  21. Dr-David-Banner

    Learning Exotic Languages

    Sadly, when I speak to most Russians I tend to get stranger looks than even local people give me. They look at me like I dropped out of the sky. One way or another there is a reaction. Somehow they seem to detect I'm wired differently and strange looks unsettle me. So yes I use recordings, books and media.
  22. Dr-David-Banner

    Learning Exotic Languages

    Lately people discuss complexity of a language. Did you know Russian only has 4 past tense verb forms? Он читал, она читала, они читали. He read, she read and they read. Spanish or Latin have lei, leiste, leo and so on. Plus past continuous and past definite. Russian gets round this by perfective verbs so он читал он прочитал, he read and he read and finished (the page). So hard to say. For me Russian is much harder than Spanish but English borrows a lot from Latin so Spanish is closer. For a Russian maybe Spanish would seem really hard. Latin I think was exaggerated in difficulty as the writers were elite scribes and played around with oratory.
  23. Dr-David-Banner

    I dont want to work (in the future)

    You are correct. The ancient Greeks realised you can't work and think. Someone who works and has a family has no time to think. Most of my friends are really bright and have potential but they have no time to be creative. The Greeks devoted lots of time to philosophy or maths. If all you do is labour and toil, this is how peasant societies developed. Normally work was not such a bad thing but now much skilled labour has disappeared and routine work is task orientated. .
  24. Nesf

    Learning Exotic Languages

    Learning a language is only a social activity in a social context - one can learn alone by listening to recordings, learn vocabulary and translate, or write, or even communicate with others, without it being social. Having poor or impaired social awareness doesn't mean that one is not able to learn a language, although it can mean that the motivation is lacking. Autistic people are often very good at learning languages because they have a good long term memory and pattern recognition. Also, being autisitic doesn't automatically mean that one doesn't want to be social or communicate with others - forums and chat rooms for people on the spectrum are evidence of this.
  25. Well, one problem with such mandation is what it encourages foreign language teachers to do, and these practices were despised by Michel Thomas and are currently despised by Mihalis Eleftheriou, particularly pressure to get things right. While I would like to see a substantial portion of students learning some foreign language, particularly if their parents or some other relative use one at home, this doesn't take away difficulties with a government mandation of foreign language learning that applies to all schoolchildren. It is different if there is a specific reason for requiring all schoolchildren to learn a specific foreign language. Here, the difficulties mentioned above don't apply. As I said, they don't not apply to mandation of other subjects taught in one's own language. Well sort of, it doesn't apply to teaching of maths, unless all schoolchildren were required to learn at least one branch of maths but not any specific branch. It doesn't apply to a requirement to learn say, general history or the history of one's own country or area. But a requirement to learn the history of at least one other country would indeed be similar to mandation of foreign languages.
  26. Dr-David-Banner

    What Is Autistic Psychopathy?

    Funnily enough, the modern definition of psychopath is what you'd find in a Columbo episode. Someone with a great job and excellent social skills but possibly insane and placing no value on life. However, the term "autistic psychopath", as used by Asperger just means the mind is wired inwardly. I've heard "autistic psychopathy" used in the past and thought it sounded a bit sinister. Language changes though. Other than that, I think the actual papers on autistic psychopathy are excellent and very thorough. Now that Asperger Syndrome has been removed altogether, my aim is to publish the whole autistic psychopathy diagnosis, just as it was.
  27. Sofi

    What Is Autistic Psychopathy?

    Isn't what you have described just Autism? It doesn't need to be called Autistic Psychopathy. I think that's a very old fashioned way to describing Autism. Psychopathy is a whole separate condition.
  28. Joie6

    Joie6

    I'm happy 😊 France is in World Cup final !!

    1. Peridot

      Peridot

      👍 

    2. Butterfly88

      Butterfly88

      Yay France!

  29. Well, actually it has nothing to do with the modern understanding. It was used in German and simply means the path of the mind is autistic. Perception of the world is from within and tends to exclude inclusion of other people. To understand it you need to realise abstract thinking is the root of the condition and is so extreme simple daily realities become removed and remote. Thus, instinctive, social norms are sort of eclipsed and the autist has to intellectualise what for others is instinctive. With autistic psychopathy comes physical clumsiness, poor gait, poor muscle tone, poor co-ordination. And learning disability at school because we can't process information in groups. Sensitivity to foods and fabrics on skin is evident in childhood. Voice is either monotone or maybe loud and conversation is one sided or maybe forced on others but with poor personal connection. Empathy is said to range between extremes of high or low. Either you feel too much emotion or not at all. Intellect is said to vary and also the severity of the condition. One interesting detail is you can't just choose the positive attributes and do away with the bad ones. The positive aspects exist as opposite poles to the negative. Thus, you can't get 12 positive volts to a bulb unless there is a negative. Lesser known symptoms are swearing or strong bonds to objects such as dolls. Very often sexual performance problems or low drive. Sensitivity to noise or rustles. For me though the core of autistic psychopathy is autism in the sense of learning delay and withdrawel. Normal people learn about the world collectively by sharing experiences with others. With A P you process everything inwardly. A bit like The Fool On The Hill.
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