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  1. Dr-David-Banner

    Psychopathy (meaning)

    I am getting my teeth into a new angle, so to speak I notice there is a large generational gap in understanding old (scary) terms like psychopathy. The original term for "Asperger's Syndrome" was Autisic Psychopathy. We can first drop the adjective "autistic" and look at "psychopathy" in isolation. Is it as scary as it sounds? Out of interest I've looked at a few criminal cases of psychopathy which have traumatic childhood as a common denominator. It all boils down in simple terms to very low empathy. There is a major breakdown of emotional responsiveness or correct interaction with the emotions of others. In my own view, this can create childhood issues in understanding right and wrong because initially morals arrive instinctively. However also in my view you can learn morals and ethics later in life in other ways which is why generally autistics have a "moral compass". What most people don't know is that when Hans Asperger researched psychopathy, it was exactly the same concept. His patients had low empathy and could have antisocial behavioural problems. Today they tend to favour just saying "low empathy" as part of an autism spectrum issue. I have been surprised to see though in criminal psychology they will use psychopathy in its less positive aspect. Back as far as the 1920s, Jewish clinician Grunya Sukhareva first described psychopathy as requiring some social factor. Put simply, her patients had experienced strict and possibly uncaring childhood plus authoritarianism. They showed very low empathy and lack of emotion. If you observe emotionally normal people you will see social bonding interaction such as eye contact, smiling, hugging, crying if someone else is upset and "feeling" their pain. This is all very healthy and necessary although my only gripe is neurotypicals so often fail to emphasise with animals. This I view as selfish. Thus psychopathy is a huge aspect of Asperger's research and there are times when he was disturbed by it. If we now take Leo Kanner's Early Childhood Autism diagnosis and add it to Psychopathy we get Autistic Psychopathy. Final point: Having suffered psychopathy from early childhood I concluded 50 per cent of the condition was negative and creating insurmountable barriers to friendships. I have tried to mellow out or at least be more aware.
  2. Dr-David-Banner

    The Asperger Paradox

    I've been taking some time out of personal psychology research for various reasons. Sometimes unspecified "time out" helps to make stuff clearer later in the future. Anyway, I figured I'd share where I got to with my research and where the problems started to manifest. When reading what follows, please bear in mind many professional psychologists were seemingly experiencing a lot of problems with diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and it seems this eventually led to the end of the actual diagnosis (as we knew it in the 1980s and 1990s. First the good news: It's fair to say all the reading I did over the years in drips and drabs made me confident enough the studies conducted by Hans Asperger himself (in Austria during the 1930s and 1940s) apply to my experience. I expanded Asperger's studies by other research I got from the USSR which was actually very useful and very similar to the Austrian studies. There were plenty of case studies to read that were well documented and recorded. What was the problem for me (and others)? Let's take one clear example of what troubles me: We've all been told repeatedly that with HFA there was a delay in speech during childhood, whereas with A.S. there is no speech delay at all. And yet, if you read the original documents carefully it's made clear one of the symptoms of Hans Asperger's "Syndrome" was considered to be "premature speech". That is, children were starting to try to form words earlier than normal. In the USSR case profiles, the months are carefully recorded. I'm not really sure what is considered "normal" for speech in infancy. Maybe the confusion is caused by other cases of autism where an actual speech therapist was required to work with the patients. Speech therapy with autism in children is quite common. However, whether speech is typically premature or delayed I think is pretty crucial criteria to understand. So, why was it possible for psychologists to be at odds? More generally, I figure a problem with the diagnosis of A.S. (as it existed) was it was always unlike any other typical diagnosis such as Schizophrenia or O.C.D. With A.S. the diagnosis was made up of a whole "list" of symptoms that only "together" make up the diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome. These sub-symptoms are familiar to all here and listed accordingly. Problems with non-verbal communication, awkward mobility or clumsiness, sensory sensitivity, difficulties in socialising and so on. Yet even here the core symptoms such as "empathy" I found confused the hell out of psychologists and autism authorities. Those with A.S. are often considered to have very low emotional response or reaction. This is recorded in countless cases. Despite that, digging deeper we know some people with A.S. can over emphasise. And personally speaking, I tend to be extremely unresponsive emotionally but I can sometimes over-emphasise. One of the highest authorities globally on A.S. Baron Cohen once stated that "empathy" (more so lack of it) was for him a worrying symptom of A.S. He described it as the inability for the individual with low empathy to place himself in someone else's position. I never experienced low empathy in this way and see it as deeper than the above. Now to add to the confusion we have "cause". The basic truth is all of the experts have been divided for decades. Many doctors can make solid arguments in favour of biological causes (including Hans Asperger in some of his case studies). There are cases for purely psychological causes or plain genetics. One of the autism pioneers, Grunya Sukhareva in the 1920s, argued in favour of environmental causes, abuse or authoritarian childhood environment. Leo Kanner opted for the "refrigerator mother" explanation. The more I waded through these contradictions, the more I would sometimes ask myself the question: "Did Asperger's Syndrome ever really exist?" Was it ever in fact a real diagnosis? Or was it in fact just a convenient grouping? Let's bear in mind too that Asperger himself never used the diagnosis of "Asperger's Syndrome". The whole thing only arose when psychiatrist Lorna Wing decided she preferred Asperger's research to Leo Kanner's so figured she's call her own diagnosis after the Austrian scientist. Final point, I found it hard-going and tiring as well as frustrating. It is very difficult for me to remain objective because the theme has very personal and sensitive implications. The lack of coherence and the contradictions became more frustrating. At some point I guess I'll return to the subject to see if I can get any further but, for now, I'm doing other things and just giving time for the dust to settle.
  3. Dr-David-Banner

    Smiling To Fit In

    Once again today I took a look at a big poster in the shop where some people I know work. It shows a charity bash where all the staff are to be pictured with the public. The idea is to look involved, helpful and natural. Every single face of the fifteen or so pictured showed a natural smile. Every single person easily "blended in". You could argue the smiles were really just theatrical for the camera but, even so, they were easily produced on cue. All these people clearly felt comfortable playing their part. Smiling is such a simple skill which I find impossible to fake. I am relieved to discover that very low emotional response is noted down often in autism case history files. Asperger mentioned it once where he stated some children seemed sullen and edgy when in the middle of jovial company. Asperger claimed autistic people are out of synch and not in harmony with others. One thing I noticed is some people smile more than others or you can face read their emotions more easily. I know one girl who smiles all the time when relaxed but becomes serious under stress with her mouth open. One other woman gets teased for appearing serious but I notice she smiles quite nicely during customer interaction. Sometimes I ask myself why I don't smile and is it reflective of cold emotions or lack of humanity? Even Asperger seemed frustrated by this symptom and called it "automization" or "soulessness". Only recently did I start to notice how people smile. It's amazing too how such smiles help create inclusion and acceptance. So now I am aware that all in all I don't smile and, yes, the impression must be a bit robotic and dead-pan. The snag is we are all basically emotional beings but autistics very much lack this capacity in as much as it harmonizes along social lines.
  4. Dr-David-Banner

    Neurotypical (Observations)

    More recently, I came to ask myself if somehow a negative image of being "neurotypical" has developed over a decade or so. Before going further, if I wanted to define the term, I would simply say neurotypicals adapt better to group dynamics than autistics. It's really just evolution. We are designed to pool all our skills and talents together to move ahead. Ultimately we need a social structure. So, neurotypicals instinctively know how to form part of a collective and how to be understood and accepted. This is all very natural and an essential part of survival. Currently I have a few neurotypical friends I like and admire and learn from hopefully. Many of them have traces of neurotic qualities or may get panic attacks or anxiety. One friend is mostly neurotypical but her kids autistic (high functioning). I don't have close friends as such but do take time to chat - sometimes by phone. I learned to just try and be myself and open up just as I am but only one friend knows about the autism issue. In that case she's a bit puzzled as,.although I'm slow and odd, I'm not shy or anti- social. To the point though, I don't so often differentiate neurotypicals as I used to do since the term seens quite broad and hard to define. I also wonder if the term has become a bit of a cliche. If we list all the various neurological abnormalities from schizophrenia to obsessive compulsive disorder, borderline personality, there was never any specific contrast drawn compared to neurotypicals. Also I guess it's fair to say someone with OCD wouldn't be specifically neurotypical. I suspect the term "neurotypical" took on.a more social meaning during the 1990s and mostly in context of Hans Asperger. Ten years ago I used to have a very polarised view of people and saw myself as autistic in a kind of superior way. This had been inspired by the usual exclusion issues you get at school and work. These days, I changed my perception. I believe "all" people have huge potential. The only disadvantage my neurotypical friends suffer is their lives are more inclusive and active so they lack the time to develop whatever interest they have. I have one friend who has a great singing voice but she has no time to explore her talents.
  5. A quiz about matching certain personality types with each other to form lasting bonds. Chemistry.com uses this test to help their users find matches. Here's the quiz: http://www.helloquizzy.com/tests/helen-fisher-personality-type-test/ Here's information on the 4 types and matching: http://digitalcitizen.ca/y/ My Results: Negotiator 13 Explorer, 26 Builder, 26 Director, 29 Negotiator So I'm a Negotiator-Builder/Director, and I'd be best matched with a Director-Negotiator or a Director-Builder. As for the poll, please choose your single primary and secondary types, unless you have the same number for any types. In that case, choose all that apply. Eg. I will choose Negotiator as my primary type, and then I'll choose both Director and Builder as my secondary types. You may also post your results and opinions below. ^__^
  6. Supposedly your favorite color indicates a lot about your personality. This link explains the personalities corresponding with the colors, which are listed on the right if you scroll down a little. I have to go do something, so I'll come back later and edit my post with my favorite colors and opinion! I'd just already made the poll, and didn't want to let it sit and risk losing all that typing somehow. o.o
  7. Every person expresses and feels love/affection differently. There is a theory that puts the ways of feeling/expressing love into 5 types. Description of the 5 types The Five Love Languages quiz click "Discover your Love Language" My Scores 12 Acts of Service 9 Quality Time 6 Words of Affirmation 2 Receiving Gifts 1 Physical Touch The way to my heart is to wash all my dishes for me!! XD
  8. ponz

    Alpha/Beta Test

    Just a random test to have fun with! ^__^ Click here. It's not an 'absolute fact' test, but more of a 'theory about people that some person came up with' test, so don't worry if you don't like your results!! Also, despite the link name and book title, this test isn't just for women. All can take it!!! You are Lime Green: 32% Mid Alpha 36% Mid Beta You are a hybrid of Mid Alpha and Mid Beta. You are easygoing, and with your good relationship skills, you can create an equal, compatible relationship with someone like yourself (Lime Green). Since both of you tend to shy away from confrontation, this safe, secure partnership would have only a low degree of conflict. However, because you are a hybrid, you have several more challenging options (Red, Yellow, Green). With any of these matches, you would be the nurturer and your partner would be the leader. You might have to develop a little more Alpha so that you can occasionally push back. The results make sense for me. ^.^
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