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If you could image your Autism / Aspergers as a living creature, what would you imagine it as? This is just to get your imagination going and they're no right or wrong answers - we're all different. The animal/creature you image your Autism/Aspergers to be can be as real, mythological or made up as you want it to be. I'll go first, just to get us going. If I could image my Aspergers as been like any animal, I would imagine it as been like a Dragon. My reason been that dragons are a mix of contrasts that can blend together in unique and unlikely ways. They can be gentle or menacing, beautiful or scary, wise or naiive, etc. Their abilities, colours, personalities and be able to exist in so many different places - both in the physical planes and beyond.
So I just read something on the news about animal cruelty. I'm not putting it up because I don't want to talk about it. My point is that I am VERY sensitive to stories of animals being hurt/abused. I know people get upset about it, but I literally can't forget them. I immediately start crying. It actually physically hurts me like that painful empty feeling you get when you've lost someone and I want to throw up. I can't watch movies of animals being hurt or abused either. I actually can't forget them once I've read/seen them. It's like the thoughts literally bore into my mind and my heart and it's such an overwhelming feeling. I still remember a story I was told when I was a child and I remember every word that was said about it 20 years later. When I worked with animals I thankfully never saw many cases of actual animal abuse. I think I put on this work attitude and I am able to distance myself from my sensitive feelings so I can actually help the animals when it was a job. It just seems to be when someone tells me or when I read/see it that I'm worse. Maybe my imagination just runs a bit wild? Please, PLEASE DON'T put up any actual stories as examples or anything because it will really upset me. I considered not putting up this thread for that reason but I wondered if anyone else felt this way and if sensitivity to things like this are an Aspie trait or not. Please be vague, I don't want to know actual stories, just if people feel the same way as me... Thanks in advance for respecting my feelings (I don't mean to be a pain! lol)