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  2. I certainly do like to have control over my environment but at the same time like variety. In fact, sometimes I thrive off unpredictability and ensure the idea of taking something as it comes. In a way its planned chaos, except that the chaotic part is the part I can't predict at all, but I can predict that I'll be doing something unexpected. The one thing that I love to do every once in a blue moon and hope to repeat later this year is visiting London alone and purposefully have no set plan to where I'm going to go to. Generally I walk along side different street until I get fed up of it or get intriqued by a certain street. One time I reached a random street and looked at its name, wow, it was called Great Ormond Street. Its famous for having a childrens hospital. Another time, I kept randomly changing the tube, landed up on Kings Road, randomly decided to look round to take in this famous street and there was someone dressed like a 1960s teddy boy running in my direction, another time landed up on Brick Lane and then in what turned out to be a French quarter where the street names started with 'rue'. But, with that said, I do to some extent have routines although not really at fixed times. I certainly have a bit of routine to allow rest which I need a lot of, especially when in employment as I am currently.
  3. Dr-David-Banner

    Change (A Rant - NOT a motivational speech)

    Sounds like you may like the movie Pleasantville. A fan of 1950s soap opera is literally transported into his favourite soap called Pleasantville. He sees the fifties as nostalgic so is delighted to be right in the middle of a fifties family with his ultra modern sister. All of them are in black and white and society is rigid. Everyone does the same thing and follows their role. Nobody swears in.Pleasantville but the teens say, "Gee whiz!". The men.always hang their hat on the hat-stand and say, "Honey I'm home!" and the the school basketball team never lose. There is a place in Pleasantville called Lovers Lane where young couples go as far as "holding hands". Anyway, the sister rebells. She starts to teach her classmates to chew gum and say "cool". Worse, she goes down on the school team captain Skip in Lovers Lane in their car. People start turning from black and white to colour but this horrifies the Pleasantville residents. People turn nasty and then the rigid side of Pleasantville is exposed. They pass laws to oppose change.
  4. I just don't get it. Really, I can NOT understand why some people are so uncomfortable with change - I mean, sure, as a child, I saw it as the rug being pulled from underneath me, but as an adult, I see change as an eternal well of choices, ideas, creativity and freedom. Change is the evolution of ones character, and an opportunity to adopt a new way of life. It's not the enemy nor should it be feared (this isn't an AS thing by any means - this is society.) To me, routine is oppressive, depressive and dull - very very dull. People will often complain about how unhappy they are, yet they fail to register in their minds that they have kept to the same routine for over a decade and haven't ever really done anything different. The job that they dread, the wife that they can't stand, the area that they hate living in, and life style choices that are killing them (says the guy holding a 18% can of beer in his avatar) are all areas that they allow to creep along the garden path, overgrow, and bury anything along the path that they once enjoyed. Yet, never at any point do they think of ripping up the lawn and reseeding it - and I just don't understand it. How can they be afraid when they're already imprisoned by their own choices? I've reached a stage in life now where my amorous love for abstract art, travel, and my determination to 'make it' with one of these manuscripts has boiled over to the point where I can't deny them any longer. Very soon, I'm going to leave the comfort and the safety of the farm - and all of the financial security it brings, to make it on my own, without a boss and without much help. In short, I'm choosing freedom, authenticity and most importantly CHANGE. Maybe I'll be broke? Maybe I'll be a millionaire? Either way, I just don't care. I've been unhappy and oppressed by my routine, and now I'm fighting back. I won't be bullied by anything. Not money, not comfort. The only thing I want is authenticity and honesty. If one or both of those are missing, then I'm out of there.
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  6. Dr-David-Banner

    The Sabbath

    I seem to recall Larry Hagman who played J.R.Ewing in Dallas never spoke on Sundays. Anyone who talked to him was met by silence.
  7. I found it was all very black and white in the USSR where, even in a communist economy, autistic children or adults existed. It doesn't sound very flattering but they had so-called factories and centres for "neurotics". These were probably children who left special schools. Those with a history. Often they did skilled work but.apart from mainstream society. The downside was autism in the USSR was thought of as a physical.disorder caused by possibly pre-natal fever or even contamination. So drugs were supplied. It was definitely recognised though as a factor in society. I often think had I lived in the.USSR for sure I would have been removed from State school. Then examined by a psychiatrist and classed as neurotic. At that point my black sense of humour kicks in. What would happen if you filled in a job application and used the term "a neurotic" instead of A.S.? My guess is it would leave them floundering.
  8. Aeolienne

    New job

    Not my cup of tea, but each to their own. The dark side of Dubai
  9. Dr-David-Banner

    Do I Have Aspergers or Am I Just Introverted?

    I find it easier to start with childhood. According to my research the first indicator is infant speech. There is either delay or premature speech. With delay, the speech will be non communicative. Autism sets in earlier then and with speech delay. Less obvious autism starts later. By aged two in both cases clear issues should arise. These follow the patterns described by Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger but there are also essays by Van.Krevelin you can google. I read that with speech delay the physical symptoms will be more pronounced such as motor issues, repetitive stims, lack of emotional response. The issue though is so complex nobody has ever sourced the actual cause.
  10. This is true. Many of the problems autistic people face in employment are because employers either do not know the worker has autism (sometimes the worker doesn't know it either) or they have inaccurate and even prejudiced views about it. Such views may mean that if autism is declared on an application the autistic candidate doesn't even get an interview or gets one simply for appearances' sake so the employer can boast about how "enlightened" they are in giving interviews with no real intention of offering a job. When autism isn't declared (or not known about by the person) the candidate often fails at the interview stage as they are considered not to have made a "good impression" as interviews are so much about social skills and "impression management". Even if this hurdle is passed the autistic worker can then have the sorts of problems you have outlined. Some autistic workers have good, even very successful, careers but too many have difficult experiences. There are some supportive, very well-informed employers but problems still arise. Managers may be aware that a worker is autistic and want to support them but colleagues may not be aware or may have negative attitudes. An autistic worker may not want colleagues to know of their condition but it is hard to be successful at work without supportive co-workers. Sometimes the colleagues are supportive and it is managers who cause the problems. A final issue is that of service users or customers. A worker may have excellent, very supportive and well-informed managers and colleagues but have difficulties with those who use the service. Awareness and positive attitudes about autism can be even less common in the wider population who use a service than among the workforce. While it may be possible and helpful for someone with autism to mention this to service users in other cases it is not practical or advisable. Employers can try to work around this so autistic workers are less likely to have problems with service users but it is not easy to do. Knowledge of autism can certainly be used against individuals with autism but on the whole it offers their best chance of having good experience in employment.
  11. The question of employment in relation to HFA (for want of a modern term) for me is tricky. Personally I'm simply not employable - period. Over many years I was only able to hold onto one job and, in honesty, this was at a time when they couldn't get anyone else. Add to that, I was often reported by customers till eventually it came to a head. This led to increased anger and resentment I am now glad I dealt with. I mean, I came to see why normal people found me hard to deal with (unemotional, vacant and very robotic). Conclusion is simple: Businesses are totally not equipped to.begin to address autism. One thing is for them to pronounce "tolerance" but the truth is most employers are unaware. Pretty much all my autistic friends were unemployable. Both were well above average qualified but too weird to be accepted in a firm. One did manage to do odd jobs for clients in gardens although she had two academic degrees - one in geology. This may sound pessimistic on my part and a bit doom and gloom but collective employment and autism are tough to match. It can work "only" if the employer knows what's involved exactly. This is problems with verbal instructions, anxiety or anger, the fact a small percentage of co-workers may be suspicious or stand-offish. Anither issue is autists themselves simply aren't wired for team work. They perform better as individuals in roundabout ways. I wish I could say my self education and awareness could fix the employment issue but it changed little. Without genuine awareness there are zero steps forward. Neither do the public even half understand what high functioning autism is - many view it as a social stamp or others feel it is somehow fictional. We are a long way off from really getting to grips with autism and autism rights and social inclusion.
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  13. Dr-David-Banner

    Defending Hans Asperger

    It's been suggested Hans Asperger may have been on the spectrum himself. Whatever the case, he seemed to notice some overall pattern with regard to his patients. First and foremost, Asperger had a lot of questions he needed to resolve. I believe what he found matches my own conclusions, based on every.angle I looked at: Autistics process information differently. It's not that they're smarter or superior to neurotypical people but just "different". An autistic person may perform below average as a student but then somehow see things from a new angle. For this to happen there will be a level of isolation and not being connected to a group at a psychological level. The isolation.causes bottled up frustration and often depressive symptoms. Yet the mind will continue to process information differently. Such people are frequently dismissed as "stupid" because at some levels they perform badly. They are often accused of having simple things explained but failing to understand or even pay attention. This is what Asperger saw close at hand. What fascinated him though was some kids were solving textbook problems in a different way. Sometimes they used a less efficient method than the one established by teachers but often the method worked. We all know by now comparing autism to genius is a bit of a stereotype that's been hyped up over two decades. I think what Asperger was interested in was the "different" processing mechanism and why it happened. Whereas pretty much all other psychiatrists viewed autists as "mentally disadvantaged". Now it seems even Lorna Wing had a pretty orthodox view of autism as a disorder. In the USSR the opinion was more or less that autists had suffered biological infection of the brain (possible in some cases) but then drugs were pushed to "normalise" patients. The huge point Asperger made.though was this: The ideal of the "perfect" human being is a mirage. Disorders are likely part of an evolutionary mechanism. Both physical and mental. You have to take the good with the bad.
  14. I found out Boris Johnson's degree included Latin although he speaks French and Italian. Going by past experience such academic types are fun to know but kind of "dotty" and isolated. Not knocking Boris's linguisic ability but you wonder why he isn't doing archeology or lectures. This is a global problem really - politicians aren't qualified with economics and business for background. Any old degree will do if it's from Oxford or Yale or Harvard. The academics I knew were great to chat to but hopeless with finances. They lived in a world of tutorials and libraries. In real life Boris would be interesting to chat to but probably removed from the real world. Yes, Boris would make a great lecturer but in politics he probably lacks the business ingredient.
  15. Ace

    Do You Feel Like The "One Out" here?

    Yes, I have run into some topics or very specific technical questions that are just hard to find on the internet. I would imagine that's because they are outdated or way to small of a knowledge base/community around it. I'm not sure how accurate this is, but I've been told Google has only documented less than 1% of the entire internet.
  16. Dr-David-Banner

    Do You Feel Like The "One Out" here?

    The point I guess is it's not that the net is essentially a bad thing but the problem is "balance". As Einstein stated he feared the day technology would "surpass" intelect. Tesla had predicted something.similar. The serious issue now is technolgy has surpassed human potential. It's not balanced as it was when we all bought technological "products" from Japan like VCR, instamatic cameras, hi-fi decks and so forth. These items needed skilled service engineers to learn the skills to do repairs. It created skilled jobs and involvement by people from the rental VHF store to the big Panasonic corporations. If you chew it over you will see these days basically people are needed less. Most engineering may be carried out as software programming where tech items are sort of run on a program ( but not engineered by anyone who understands how it all works). That is, modern tech is too complex to "engineer" so the circuits pretty much evolve on tiny, digitalised boards. Then get passed down the line. By contrast the Japanese in the 1980s did know how their polaroid cameras worked but these highly qualified personnel are no longer needed. A big plus too to the issue is people are overwhelmed by technology as it's too complex. So they switch off and schools don't teach electrical sciences which is a science where we can accomplish a lot! I mean, even in the sixties we still had internet even if it was simpler and became an interest where people built their own transmitters or receivers. So to put the cards on the table, really this is a real threat in the true sense of the word. People are losing control and gradually allowing technology to dominate their life, as opposed to the far better option of taking part in a process. At present it's evidenced by a huge surge in social media and most trade or even banking being done online. The level of dependency increases. The next step I guess would be people allowing networks to literally run their lives in a way human intellect goes into freefall. This may sound comical and.fictional but intelligence "evolved" through challenge and a need to solve all types of problems. Based on observation.and comparisons over three or so decades, I would say education, employment, social welfare and even science (as a subject).has declined.
  17. Dr-David-Banner

    Do You Feel Like The "One Out" here?

    You might find this hard to believe but the early 1960s radio transmitter maths I do goes beyond modern web resources. Levels have fallen! I was asking 50s textbook questions on huge American tech sites and the new generation don't know. Nobody could help me. What I finally did was use the textbook graphs to find the answers and then go through the calculus till it matched. These books I use are very dated but the engineers back then knew their stuff. Material online is all based on semiconductor, maybe digitalised processing. The older technology is barely being taught anywhere. The older textbooks are simpler circuit wise but demand understanding given the voltages can be around 2000 volts.
  18. Ace

    Do You Feel Like The "One Out" here?

    I find this topic very controversial even to myself. While yes there are a lot of idiots in this modern age, there are also a lot of benefits to technology like smart phones. Like just now I looked up who Tchaikovsky was and started listening to some of his compositions (I actually do like it and I'm still listening while typing this). Although for someone like me, I don't really use my phone for social media or gaming. I only really like the nice camera that I can carry with me anywhere, listening to music anywhere, and the occasional posting of photos to Instagram which is really for my own sake of record/memory. The convenience of looking anything up and getting answers (as long as you know how to tell right from wrong) is nice, although I'm also the type of person that looks up the method to find the answer myself (in school anyways). But yes I do see a real problem in a lot of other people. Take gaming as an example. While gaming is really just a different form of self entertainment, like watching TV or reading books or painting, I have seen it consume people. And I have seen people addicted to TV or alcohol or drugs. I think there are always going to be those people that get addicted and especially with something like gaming. It is so easy to access, is sometimes completely free if not just a one time charge, and there is such a big community around it. But even for people that don't game, or don't have an adictive personality, it seems social media in general is almost a negative. In it's conception, which I personally mark it when Facebook blew up, it was really meant to have a different faster form of communication. Now it has become a status symbol, a part of peoples lives, a projection of ones self to others which is almost always an exaggeration, or misleading. People only post the good things in their life which has a subtle but building effect on others where they think of themselves lower than everything they see on social media. This is really getting into the psychology of social media but I think you get the point. As for the short cuts offered by technology, I think there is still something to be said about the actual ability of the user. While I've heard the argument "why do I need to learn this math, my calculator can do it" I strongly think you need to know how the math works to be able to know what to put in the calculator. Or you need to know the physics in order to generate a math equation in order to plug into the calculator. Then you have to know how that number is used. I do feel that we are at a point where technology has jumped a lot recently, offering much simpler lives and yes, that makes us lazy or dumb, but that's only because we have yet to find something to replace that effort. Technology is saposed to make our lives easier so we can focus our efforts on something else but so far there isn't much else for a lot of people so they just resort to social media or games to fill their time.
  19. Dr-David-Banner

    Do You Feel Like The "One Out" here?

    I showed the video to a woman at a college yesterday and she was stunned. "That's just what it's like!", she said. As we spoke, two teenagers suddenly burst into laughter over a cartoon on their public p.c. Others wandered around the building, talking aloud with earplugs on and phone held upwards. If I ever encounter anyone happily listening to Tchaikovsky, I will probably pass out in shock.
  20. Dr-David-Banner

    Do You Feel Like The "One Out" here?

    I chose the path of rebellion and do my best to turn 180 degrees from the consumer-dependency-reliance pattern. Where there is a harder way to calculate a problem, I take the hard option. That means old graphs from the late 1950s to work out calculus (to force the brain to "work". That's how NASA did the maths in the Apollo missions. I try to avoid stuff like Google Translate but use a plain bilingual dictionary. I try at all costs to not sacrifice personal potential to the easy, quick fix Google option. I mean, thousands of years evolution programmed us to struggle and adapt - not vegetate. Amazingly, none other than H G Wells also predicted human beings would lose the drive to break barriers and push forwards. In The Time Machine future humans are reduced to a passive, listless state.
  21. Dr-David-Banner

    Defending Hans Asperger

    In the USSR psychiatrists noted the autistic children with speech delay grew up with more motor impairment. They tended to be less intellectual. The other autistic children who had early speech tended to have less motor clumsiness. Some Soviet psychiatrists called group one as Childhood Autism and group two Autistic Psychopathy (pathological avoidant). What I like to stress though is Asperger's kids don't cover all of the autistic spectrum. I had a very autistic best friend who did very well at school, whereas Asperger's kids were unteachable in normal school. What connected Asperger's kids I think was the resistance to conventional teaching. I think if we list all the symptoms described by Asperger we still get one (partly limited but useful).diagnosis. The friend I refer to funnily enough had far better classroom attention span than me but stimmed much more. He also had very poor stance and some clumsiness.
  22. Dr-David-Banner

    Do You Feel Like The "One Out" here?

    This amazing little video reflects how I felt often. In fact, at this very moment in time I could take a pic of scenes just like the above. The video was based on Einstein's prediction that technology would give rise to a generation of idiots. This seems like a huge contradiction in terms and paradoxical. How can technology dumb people down? The answer can be more simply explained if you use some examples: We all know that in everyday life, you can make a choice either to use the lift or walk up the stairs. Most of us will understand that waking the steps is harder than taking a lift but both options will have the same outcome -= you will reach the top floor regardless. There is a catch, though. Each time we take the lift, catch the bus or drive a car, we work "less" physically. So, we become less physically fit. This is mainly why people have gotten fatter and less healthy than, say, in the 1960s. Now, if we compare this simple reality with the brain, really it is the same thing. Every time you use technology to make things easier, the less you depend upon your own brain to solve problems. Whereas in the past (1960s) computers were thought of as calculators and a means to process calculations, we ended up with social media instead. This latter basically "emphasises" socialising from the uploaded pics on Facebook to the games and social exchanges that dominate people these days. All the time it takes place, the brain is pretty much passive. So, latest research is showing not only are people getting physically unhealthier but, more so, less intelligent. Less likely to do courses or learn engineering skills or basically live around drive and initiative. Clearly the guy who did the video above has been feeling the same as me (check out the sad, bewildered solitary face).
  23. Ace


    Alright so I guess this is where you rant? I have to blow some steam off. Be warned this will be very long so don't read if you don't want but I got to get it out. Basically yesterday (I guess 2 days ago now that it's 1:30 am) it was my birthday. I turned 23. I don't really expect much from anyone on my birthday other than don't put me in a negative mood, which I'd say should always be the case. Alright, need some more back story. So I live in a condo that my family owns while I'm going to college. I have been here for just over 2 years and the rest of my family has moved out of my childhood home, so I consider this condo my home. And just to clarify, I mean home, not just a house if you know what I mean. I've always had 2 other roommates? Condomates? Not exactly sure, we each have our own room. But the garage only has room for 2 cars. And parking really sucks outside the garage (limited parking in a college town and they tow/ticket if you aren't in a spot, even if you parallel park in the tiny driveway in front of the garage). So first year I have 2 good roommates I eventually make good friends with. One has a short Scion box car thing that can fit on the side of the garage with shelving. The 2nd roommate has a Honda Ridgeline truck and really wants to pay extra for the second spot so I let him. I end up constantly looking for parking usually resorting to parking a few blocks away in a gas station parking lot. Of coarse I get towed once ($215 gone) and ticketed once ($35 gone) so after that school year I decided there is no way I'm not taking a spot in the garage from now on. Second school year comes around and 1st roommate is the same (with short car that can fit in second side of garage) and second roommate is new but has no car anyway so we are all good. I should mention I have a long Toyota tundra that ONLY fits on side without shelves. So that year passes no problem. Then I stayed here almost all summer for a class and the original 2nd roommate decides he likes our condo much better than the shitty place he moved to the second year. He also is here all summer because of a job. So we both have trucks but his is shorter than mine. He can fit his very tightly on the shelf side but decides not to since summer parking is easy (the cities population is cut in half without the college) and while he was at the other place he bought a motorcycle that was really cheap but needed a fair amount of work to fix it. He brings that with him of course and because he can't fix it he gives it to me (because I'm going to school to be an automotive engineer) which is cool but I essentially have to put the bike on the shelf side of the garage. Over the summer I start working on it and currently it's in parts on that side. By this point I've made it abundantly clear that the right side is my spot because it's the side I fit on and I'm not parking on the street ever again. Now at the end of summer I go to see my family for a couple weeks, and the 1st roommate comes back while I'm gone. I let her take my spot while I'm gone. When I get back to start the semester she is in my spot, which is understandable, but for some reason has stated she is out of town for a family emergency for an ENTIRE WEEK! I'm totally fine with it being family emergency but what could possibly take an entire week?! She also missed the first week of school so not sure how that worked out. Anyway I'm cool with it but mention to the 2nd roommate I'll be glad to have my spot back whenever that happens. Finally she returns for part of a day and moves her car. I never see her because I'm in class but when I get home, I just park on the street because I didn't know she came by. I get inside and the second roommate says "oh she came by sometime today and moved her car" so I'm like "sweet, I'll go move my truck in". Then he tells me "oh I put mine in there" ?? Like (pardon my language) WTF? He knew that's my spot, why did he park there? Anyways I let it slide since I found a decent spot on the street a block away. Now we are back to my birthday the next day. I go to class and at some point in the day I text the 2nd roommate something like "hey when are you going to be home? Could you move your truck so I can park in my spot?" At this point I'm not upset, my day is going fine I guess (kinda uneventful birthday but fine with me) and he responds with "can we try to clear the other side of the garage so we can park there?" And I say "yes but not today." I leave it at that for a while waiting for a response (because he kinda avoided my question) then eventually say "so when can you move it?" Again, still not to upset but about to be if he pushes my buttons. He says "While you deserve the right side spot bc your truck fits there, [we] share a portion of the garage as well and would like a spot for us to share. Can we make that happen for the right side of the garage?" I litteraly blew up really fucking mad now, and I knew I shouldn't text people when I'm mad because I'll just make it worse, so I don't say anything. I was tempted to say the exact same thing again "YES BUT NOT TODAY" but didn't. I get home and thankfully catch him while in the garage. At this point I've cooled off but still a little ticked off. He sees me, starts walking up to me so I role down the window (his truck still in the garage) and says "do you want me to move my truck?" ... (In my head) fuck yea I do! I say something like "Yes. . . Please" with a notable pause so hopefully he gets the point I'm a little pissed off. So he moves it and then all is well for the rest of the day. I kinda ignore him rest of the day. Next day is a long day for me, I start classes at 8am and get out from my SAE club meeting at 9pm. But would you guess what happens when I get home? I open the garage, and to my surprise (although I was expecting something like this for some reason) his girlfriend's car IS IN MY DAMN SPOT! And while I don't blame her at all, who opened the garage for her, and told her to park there? Obviously he did! Holy fuck I was mad, but I drove around a bit, found a spot on the street and quietly went upstairs passing in front of them watching TV. I don't know how much the girlfriend knew about this situation so I made a point not to bring it up in front of her. Then I had to do some homework until almost midnight. I then had to relax some more so I listened to some music and watched some YouTube for a bit. It worked great until I took off my headphones and headed to bed. I have my window open all night because we have no AC and I sweat all night if I don't. So it's about 1:30 am at this point, Thursday night, and outside my window is a guy and his girlfriend I assume on their balcony talking, which annoyed me somewhat, but then he starts singing "a dick in a box" to her which really annoyed me. Her snorting laugh didn't help either. This only reminded me of how damn mad I was and then I decided to write this post to blow off some steam while I wait for them to go away. And now I'm done writing it at 3am, it's quiet now and my rage is mostly gone but I'm still going to have to talk to the moron roommate sometime. Oh I just realized, he leaves tomorrow for a few days for some field work for a research project he is a part of. He's a forestry major, and I'm an engineer so I imagine we might conflict sometimes.
  24. Ace

    Defending Hans Asperger

    Interesting to read these symptoms as most of them describe me pretty well but particularly #1 doesn't at all. I noticed I seem to have very quick reflexes (although coordination might not be great).
  25. Dr-David-Banner

    Defending Hans Asperger

    Here are the symptoms described by Asperger: (1) Motor impairment and physical clumsiness. Poor spatial navigation (hard to catch a ball). Scrawly handwriting. (2) Stimming and repetitive movements. Solitary withdrawel from a group or collective. (3) Low emotional response and lack of eye contact. Lack of facial expression, monotone voice. Unusual use of vocabulary in some cases. Swearing. (4) Resistance to collective educational processes and education based on any personal interaction. (5) Abstractism and tending to view people as "objects" without deeper connection (psychopathy, pathological avoidance). (6)Sensitivity to noise, taste and touch. (7) Anger and bottled up emotion. (8) Obsessive interests in later life as a development of repetitive behaviour. (10) Heightened sense of "self" and tendency to process information inwardly or more independently from group influences. Finding patterns in given areas others don't notice. (11)Definite problems being excluded or bullied due to odd behaviourisms (Asperger's patients had required protection walking home from school). I think over the decades, this actual representation of Asperger's has faded so the idea became established it concerns "mild autism". Yet psychiatrists were often shocked after reading Asperger's analysis. It was all in all pretty serious childhood autism and not biased towards those with "superimposed, psychiatric illnesses" as Lorna Wing claimed. The only comorbid factors I can recall mentioned by Asperger was in reference to a thyroid irregularity and excessive weight gain. Personally I'd like to see the old Asperger "Syndrome" substituted by Asperger's Autism in its original format (and with emphasis on its positive implications).
  26. Dr-David-Banner

    Defending Hans Asperger

    Just been reading a tiny bit of Lorna Wing's paper (the part referenced to Hans Asperger). For those who may not know, it was Lorna Wing who created the "Asperger Syndrome" diagnosis around 1981. To do this she borrowed from the studies of both Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger. I notice with interest that Wing dismisses Asperger's positive evaluation about autistic intelligence when relevant. She states her own autistic child patients were probably rote-learning and that Asperger could show no proof of his conclusions. As I recall what Asperger stated was "some" of his patients showed striking ability in abstract thought. Not all of them.He also points out his patients often had at least one intellectual (eccentric) parent. This.I found tends to be confirmed in USSR patient histories. Above all he (Asperger) explains carefully that standardised school tests don't work very well at all with children who are very individualistic. However, my major disagreement with Lorna Wing's whole take on Asperger is she seems to dismiss many of the symptoms listed as "co-morbid, superimposed psychiatric illnesses". Important here to note Lorna Wing considered Asperger's case studies as extreme cases. Not true. I find pretty much "all" the cases studies match similar profiles of patients in the USSR clinics (Viktor Kagan describes these around 1975). What research in Austria, Germany and the USSR suggested was autism can have both biological, hereditary, psychologically reactive or other varied causes.
  27. Peridot

    Favourite native tongue videos

    I went a bit off topic. I'll stick to the topic at hand should I post more.
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