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  1. So a short story to get this started: back maybe a year ago I was applying for jobs to sustain myself in college. While applying, there were a couple of the applications that asked how many languages I was fluent in. Of coarse I reluctantly said 1 because I have almost entirely forgot Spanish from high school. But it got me thinking, if I don't limit to spoken language (the type with words and pronounsiations and grammar rules etc) I guess I could say I knew 3ish languages. And what I mean by that is, 1 I know English (one of the languages of meaning?), 2 I know math pretty well (the language of quantitative value and calculation), 3 I know music (both read/write music but also listening to it) (the language of emotion), and I say 3ish because I've picked up a little bit of coding languages over the years but by no means have I become good at any one coding language. My thoughts about the music as the language of emotion can be fairly simply explained. If you take any song with or without lyrics and show it to anyone in the world, weather they understand the language the lyrics are in or not, they will feel the emotion that the music portrays. Now of course actually listening to the lyrics and knowing what they say can add a whole new layer or more depth of emotion but generally the music's emotion and the lyrics emotion line up. Also another layer/depth of emotion is added when it has an accompaning video or album cover. So my conclusion is that music has an associated emotion that people generally feel the same for each song (ie most people will know when they are listening to sad music). Now that doesn't work when the person is annoyed by the genre or whatever but that's a personal preference thing. Just as I might be annoyed at different types of math or that I like the way Japanese sounds even though I can't understand it. What are your thoughts on this? This is an idea I came up with on my own and I'm open to constructive criticism. So have at it
  2. Kuribo [old account]

    Smilies/Emoticons on Autism Forums

    This is a bit of a strange topic, but I'm curious to know what people think about the use of smilies/emoticons as a means of communication on Autism forums. I've been told in the past that I over-use them and I've had people misinterpret the reasons for my use of them, but I personally consider them to be a great communication tool. One could sometimes be the difference between my interpretation of a post as friendly or hostile, and while I've gotten over this now, I do feel more at ease with people who use them a lot, and I'm able to understand the intentions behind their posts more quickly than I otherwise would. What do you think about them? Do you find them helpful and informative when it comes to online communication, or are they (as some people have said) an unnecessary annoyance that make posts more difficult to interpret?
  3. aspiesw

    Dealing with stress?

    I wanted to ask what other people do to deal with stress. I'm usually quite bad at dealing with stress, when I'm at work, and I'm under pressure, I really struggle to perform properly and I panic a lot, even when doing simple tasks, whenever I struggle with them, I panic and worry. I get really anxious and worried when I'm stressed, I struggle to concentrate and make mistakes, I wish I wasn't like this and could just turn off my emotions, but I cant. Any help of how to better deal with stress? Sorry if I haven't explained properly
  4. thegingerone

    Why am I not sad?

    Bit of a depressing subject so I will warn you that I am taking about death of a close relative here. So, my grandma was diagnosed with liver cancer a couple of months (although she probably had it for longer because the doctors wouldn't scan her). When I found out about this, people kept going on about how sad it was, but I refused to accept that because she is a really spiritual person and she wanted to go. Also, she's had an amazing life and nobody lives forever. I know it sounds really cold and emotionless, but the way she was talking about how she had been blessed by angels and that she had let go of responsibility while he waited to go to another life, she wasn't sad about dying, so why should I be? In the past few weeks she has declined very rapidly to the point where you could see her get worse each day and last week the decision was made for her to go to a local hospice because my uncle (who lived with her) wouldn't have been able to give her the care she needed and keep up with his job. Of course it was sad to see her in the hospice because when I went to visit her, she wasn't really able to do anything much, but the idea of her dying still wasn't sad for me because if she sticks around for ever she would just suffer. But today I found out that her liver has failed and she is most likely going to die tomorrow or the next day. I feel like I should be at least a little sad about this, but I'm not and this is what is stressing me out. I know over the next days people are going to keep saying that it's okay to be sad or to cry, but I'm not sad about it and this seems wrong to me. Anyone else experienced this?
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