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  2. Dr-David-Banner

    Why Is The Site So Quiet?

    Two days ago I posted a sort of minority topic on Lost In Space (the TV series 1960s). It's already three pages long. Thing is, of the thousands of members, there was a sufficient percentage who had watched the show. Why does that site have so many members in the first place? Well, it's a hobby/interest related site and maybe also it doesn't have strong competition. I notice pretty much "all" the old Asperger websites are very quiet. Maybe someone can suggest why. Even the Spanish mundo aspie hardly seems active, at least last time I visited. Anyone have any thoughts? Why were people much more active on AS sites 10 years ago?
  3. Today
  4. Aeolienne

    Life after death

    What's so hilarious?
  5. Dr-David-Banner

    Therapy

    As to sensitivity, definitely my dog years helped. Bonding with a dog taught me a lot. I was broken hearted when he died. That feeling of loss was devastating. That shows even with autism feelings are still somewhere inside. Just with people I don't get those emotions. Except watching Forest Gump and the end bit where Jenny died. Then again that was close to home as Forest was autistic in the movie.
  6. Dr-David-Banner

    Therapy

    By "therapy" I mean I think I need to consider what I can do to move forward, if possible. There is no "cure" as such as difficulties started from a very early age. They just passed through stages. However, so far I managed to recognise a lot better how I differ by standards of normality. In the past I wasn't aware. I never realised how other people function. I can't undo who I am as if there were never any issues to start with but I can hopefully try to think in terms of therapy. That is I think therapy works if you can be objective.
  7. Yesterday
  8. Peridot

    Therapy

    Hey, if you think you can benefit from therapy, I'd say go for it. I think a lot of people claim to feel more than they do and maybe the opposite is true too in a sense where people think/say they feel very little while they in fact are more sensitive than the average person?
  9. Dr-David-Banner

    Therapy

    Those of us who show clear signs of autism at infancy tend to be more limited by weak emotional communication or empathy. Other people on the autism spectrum may have this symptom to a lesser degree. Speech at infancy (or lack of) is thought to play a role. I am thinking lately about why emotions are important and to what degree we need them.
  10. Dr-David-Banner

    Therapy

    I got to the stage now where I ought to think about therapy. I started off asking questions about my lack of emotions and emotional connection. I realised I am capable of deep emotional connection to animals. And a lot of kindness towards animals. So, the problem is related to people. From there I was asking why emotions are needed and to what extent. Most people are in my view too ruled by emotion but I think to just rule emotions out altogether would create an empty personality. No humour, no sensitivity or ability to support anyone else - which is a survival mechanism.
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  12. Dr-David-Banner

    Antisocial Personality

    Here is what can happen: If there's pronounced impairment in social communication, it means the individual concerned may spend more time in isolation. In a few cases, this may result in hours and hours of time devoted to a particular interest or group of interests. Despite the fact that some of us actually lagged behind at school and were slower to respond to teaching, in later life we may alter significantly due to the vast time devoted to our interest. So, for example, with regard to myself I was always pretty hopeless at maths but these days I may spend hours and hours working at it. Realistically, seeing as social communication and social activity is off the agenda, there is a gap to fill in somehow. However, I now find all of this complicates A.S. even more. It makes an even bigger gap. People start to stand out somehow for their emotional dependency. The whole functional cycle revolves around emotions. With one type of autism specifically, emotions as it stands are pretty weak compared with normality. This has been observed in autistic children from a very early age. Yet, to add to the equation, hours and hours spent calculating or analysing seems to have an added effect. Likewise if you don't socialise hardly at all that can have consequences. It would be convenient to find a sensible solution but it's tricky. Not being good at socialising in the first place has its roots established from childhood. Likewise being good at socialising depends upon being pretty much the same as everyone else, speaking the same, thinking the same and so on.
  13. Ace

    Peter Parker

    Yea I have always like the Toby Maguire (also not sure if this is right spelling) Spider Man. Then there was Andrew Garfield which really sucked and now Disney's Marvel has Tom Holland which is better than Andrew but more suited to average people if you know what I mean. So I still like the Toby Maguire spider man character better. You might like The Imitation Game movie. It is about Allan Turing in WW2. it is very evident he has Aspergers although they don't formally mention it in the film. Very good movie in my opinion despite having a sad ending if you read the text at the end just before the credits. One of few movies that made me cry. probably because I could connect so well with the main character
  14. Dr-David-Banner

    Peter Parker

    Naturally many years ago I read these comics. The originals were classics in their own way. A total fantasy world. I thought the sequel to Spiderman with Doctor Octopus was good but the third one was overkill.
  15. Dr-David-Banner

    Peter Parker

    I've been watching the first Spiderman movie starring Tobey Mcquire (not sure how you spell the name). I thought that first film was very well made. Aunt May and Jonah Jameson very well cast. I was thinking how close Peter Parker was to the modern conception of Asperger Syndrome as it existed. Peter isn't specifically autistic in my view but he's pretty much a high school joke. First scene shows him running for the school bus in his glasses and people laughing at him. He's clever but kind of puny and unathletic. Girls tend to not want to be seen around him. I noticed a scene where S J is talking to Peter quietly but suddenly forgets him when someone pulls up in a car. Despite that Peter does do very well in class - Asperger's actual patients studied very poorly in a normal class. He also has a job as a photographer but free lance. You could argue the only basis for that job is the pics he can get of Spiderman. I had one friend though who I think had Asperger's and very similar to Peter Parker - just a bit worse social interaction and more clumsy. Stan Lee was a clever man. He must have known a lot of shy kids who bought comics would warm to Peter Parker. The nerd theme has always made for a great film. Daniel Larusso in Karate Kid was an outsider who also became a hero.
  16. Say someone plays with loom bands to keep them calm, the neurotypical present knows why they are looming, or at least has a reason to believe that autistic person is looming to stay calm. The neurotypical in question also wants them to stay calm but still tells them not to play with loom bands, claiming that it is embarrasing.
  17. Dr-David-Banner

    Antisocial Personality

    I am not really accepted in any working environment. Many people just get uneasy. Even friends can get frustrated working with me as so much I do a different way. My life really is very similar to Carnival Of Souls. The difficulty is that being so cut off we aren't geared to get by on our own. Pretty much all people need support or encouragement. Normally when you get really cut off you would then suffer major psychological breakdown but, over time, I learned to adapt. I had to try and develop strong self belief. The irony is no matter how bad my problems may be, other people seem to be paying a big price too. Just one example. Have you noticed how natural it is for people to protest over education and tuition fees. It doesn't occur to them you can learn probably more without being in some institution or faculty. People depend so much upon systems but systems break down. I was in the USSR when the whole economic and social system collapsed. Thousands were left with nothing. We are conditioned to accept the majority must be right.
  18. Ace

    Antisocial Personality

    I couldn't have put it better myself. For me, I don't mind the social interaction that I have to be involved in with school (like group projects) but that's because it is at least usually focused on academic subjects. As soon as someone starts going on a tangent about their new favorite barber they found or something like that, I just feel so out of place, at least I used to. Now I just pretend to run with it while at the same time diverting it back to the academics. That way the group project or whatever doesn't get awkward but also stays productive. I just see their chit chat as some kind of automatic response that they so easily can fall into. I sometimes even wonder if there are some people whose whole life is just autopilot. The people who don't go to school anymore, the ones in mindless job from 9 to 5, the ones whose daily routine is almost identical every day of the week then party or hang out with friends all weekend getting their selfies in so that they can post them throughout the next week, those kinds of people. They do almost no critical thinking and live entirely off their automatic social responses. In my perspective being capable of some socializing but not wanting to seek it out is the best. In my over 4 years in college I have only been to 4 parties, 2 of which my roommates threw at our place. I find in my free time I will sometimes open my CAD software and start designing something, or start writing some code for some mundane task. I have this dream build overlanding vehicle idea that I have all the details on a google doc that I sometimes work on, ironing out more details and doing more research into parts, automotive systems, and overlanding gear. and go figure it is 21 pages long, probably the longest document of any kind I have ever written. I too seem to be more creative when I let my mind wonder. It took my mom a while to figure out that I am totally content being alone but my dad has yet to figure that out I think. About the shop job, I actually do have a job working in a restoration shop that I can pick up anytime when I go home. But that is probably because I know a pretty good amount about automotive stuff and I am pretty good with my hands. I love hands on kind of stuff.
  19. Ace

    The making of a country

    Like assuming you could indeed make a country? It would have to have a stable economy, probably based off the USD. I might consider it but it would be to cold for me probably. I can handle cold but not for to many months. The church though, not sure I would like having a government endorsed religion. Maybe would be cool to have a summer vacation home there
  20. Peridot

    Antisocial Personality

    My isolation enables creativity. I'm alone pretty much always. The only way to be more alone is if I were to go and live in the woods without an internet connection. lol That's the only way I can be more alone. But I'm not that bothered by it... There are many awesome people out there and maybe I'll reach out to some of them in a later chapter of my life but right now things just are the way they're supposed to be. As long as you're on the right track in life it's OK to be alone.
  21. Dr-David-Banner

    Antisocial Personality

    This symptom I'm aware of. The great scientist and inventor Tesla actually stated once being antisocial is a positive trait. I have mixed feelings about it. I mean, I'm not too proud of being intolerant which I admit I tend to be. However, I will try and explain what it is that brings about my anti social attitude. That is, my reluctance to take socialising seriously. Well, basically people around are so identical in the way they think that it's like boring repetition. I find it impossible to find an individual who thinks differently or creatively. Any conversation undertaken is going to lead to some down-to-earth topic along the same trodden path. I mean, it's no good asking, "What is your opinion of...." because 98 per cent of those around don't have a real opinion. I think this is what John Lennon was getting at in his "Nowhere Man" song. "Doesn't have a point of view, knows not where he's going to, Nowhere Man do you see me at all?". To be honest, I gave up even attempting genuine communication months ago. I do still talk routinely but to others I'm just someone kind of strange. You appear strange if you show signs of not having been programmed by a shared set of currently accepted values. As to morals for me I don't need to be taught this by society. I respect life and nature through inner awareness. So being anti social hasn't criminalised me. This now leads to relationships. I get a lot of curiosity over this. The answer is simple. Being so totally disconnected from society as I see it, I'm not at all employable. I just don't fit. To fit I would have to be as normal as everyone else. I couldn't even handle a shop job. Now pretty much most women are programmed to ultimately want a home and family. Any close female friends I have couldn't find that stability with me. It would be unfair. So, is there any positive side to such a sad affair? Well, yes. I bear in mind there are people worse off. Lots of people suffer tribulations or misfortune. I just accept myself with my pluses and minuses. The time I am unable to use socialising as normal I will try and use creatively. Not just exist to follow a set washing machine program. Also I learned it's super important to believe in yourself. As Tesla stated isolation triggers creativity. One final point. Years ago when I tried teaching English in Spain I noticed that children in the classes were really creative in their own way. They often showed real ovservation and ability to see things individually. I recall showing a film in English and the kids were commenting on how they interpreted scenes. They seemed at that age to have imagination. Yet, over time, with socialising and conforming that spark dies. What remains is a processed personality manufactured by a drive to be liked and be popular. Opinions are those of the accepted mass view. Those who appear to think their own way are classed as strange. In the seventeenth century they were accused of being witches. Societies have always been primative and prone to mass influence.
  22. Dr-David-Banner

    Carnival Of Souls 2

    https://candacehilligoss.com/interviews/
  23. Dr-David-Banner

    Carnival Of Souls 2

    One of the colourful characters - Mr Linden. Here he's noticed Candice is quite "easy on the eye" but has no idea of the deep problems she wrestles with.
  24. Dr-David-Banner

    Carnival Of Souls 2

    Candice seems to manifest symptoms of Avoidant Schizoid Personality. This is the kind of high functoning autism where the individual doesn't want to make contact or have relations with others. Whereas with more typical Asperger Syndrome the individual wants to socialise but is just very bad at it and emotionally blind. They are more or less the same though. The film also addresses derealisation.
  25. Dr-David-Banner

    Carnival Of Souls 2

    Candice at the pavillion.
  26. Aspergolfer

    Seventh-day Adventists on Asperclick?

    In Genesis 1:26, where God said "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" (Gen. 1:26a), God was speaking as the fullness of the Godhead, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. God is a Trinity, one true God in three Persons. The Trinity is one of the great mysteries of faith. The way God has helped me to understand the Trinity is to think of the body. He have a head, where the center of control and thought lies, a body that distributes information, nutrients and is the meeting of all the members of the body & the limbs, which express thought and will as action and movement. God is like the head, Jesus is like the body, as He is the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form, all God and all man simultaneously. The Holy Spirit is like the limbs. As the different members of the the body are the same in substance, power, glory and purpose, so is the Godhead. Jesus that before Abraham was, I am. God revealed Himself to Moses as I AM THAT I AM, Jehovah Adonai, the Self-Existent One. Jesus also said God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must do so in spirit and in truth (Exodus 3:14, John 8:58, 4:24). The fullness of the Godhead was involved in Creation (Genesis 1:1,2, John 1:3), and is involved in salvation (Isaiah 59:1, Romans 10:13, John 16:7-11). Those verses mention the Father, Son & Spirit respectively. Jesus is the only way to the Father (John 6:44, 14:6). Please look up those Scriptures. You will come to understand the lengths that God has gone to so He can have a relationship with you. John 3:16,17 sum it up perfectly. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
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