Sunday, March 05, 2006

Is your blogging an autistic behavior? Mine is.

You have no idea how liberating it is to suddenly understand myself ... and many other bloggers ... in the light of autism/aspberger spectrum syndrome research!

I had many ideas for a title for this Post:

* Training for Autism
* Aspbergerly Yours
* How to Increase Your Autistic Talents
* We are All Born Geniuses
* Eccentricity as Moving Away from Dysfunct Circles
* Hyper Manic Focus as a Lifestyle
* Free Yourself from Boring Normality
* Only Normal People Start Wars

...and many more, which only serves to prove: I am functionally, blissfully autistic.

I'm an autistic blogger.

You may be one, too.

Autism as a Positive,
Universal Condition

You may have seen the movie Rain Man. (I have not.)

You may know of the Pi Man and the Peace Pilgrim.

You may be vaguely familiar with my pseudonymical character "Sissyskirts, Boy Genius".

You may have seen the programs on Autistic Savants, High Functionality Autism, or Prodigies on PBS or the Discovery Channel.

But did you know that blogging itself can be an Autistic Activity?

Are you "obsessed" (i.e., self-motivated and strongly devoted)? Are you perfectionistic? Do you wish you could blog a new post every 60 seconds, like I proclaimed recently, due to having a crushing abundance of lightning-like thoughts? Do these traits display themselves in your blog?

My thoughts are moving so fast, as I write this, and I'm simultaneously plotting several other posts as I type this one.....

Autistic Blogging Characteristics:

[DISCLAIMER: I'm not mocking the severe pervasive developmental disorders of some "autistic spectrum syndrome" or ADHD children, nor the trials and challenges their parents and teachers face.

I'm also not trying to pin some "label" on me or you or anyone else.

But just look at this list and see if any of these traits could apply to you...your lifestyle...or your mode of blogging.]

* revelling in self-revelation

* focusing conversation on self or favorite topics

* unaware of how others may react to your posts

* obsessed with complex topics like RSS, social media, universal democracy, blog revolution, computers, electronic music, ethical anarchy, etc.

* unable to interpret the emotional signals of others, especially online text cues

* "socially inappropriate" behavior (like saying "f_ck" and "sh_t" in posts)

* difficulty in explaining internal states and mental imagery

* rampant usage of self-devised, esoteric neologisms

* spontaneous creativity w/ nearly invincible zeal and impeccable intuitive powers

* "over the top" argumentation w/ advanced rhetorical skills

* strange emotional emptiness, w/out misanthropy, masochism, or sadism

* inhabiting an exclusive, private metaphysical domain

* envisioning a bizarre utopia of some fantastically distant and currently outlandish imaginative realm (no government, all things free, everyone working hard voluntarily on dreamed of goals)

* super-fast mental calculations or proliferation/invention of extraordinary literary devices

* "Blink" type intuitive accuracy

* "7th sense" non-occult (i.e., not designed to manipulate or harm others for self advantage or spite) immaterialistic powers

* early adaptor of new tech products and beta versions of software

* start blog experiments, then abandon them to move on to new ones, repeatedly

* odd forms of self-stimulatory behavior (playing one CD over and over again, like I do with Ambassador 21, Stereolab, or Pavement)

* difficulty engaging in face to face conversations, especially on "normal" topics like the weather, gossip, family, politics, sex, money, celebrities, TV shows, movies...which most "normals" love to discuss and debate

* attraction to unusual philosphies, foods, diets, causes, fringeware, art, music, or other pre-occupations

While clinical diagnostic categories and medical definitions are of very limited value, my eyes were opened recently, as I gained some flickers of insight into this so-called "disorder" or "spectrum syndrome"... and into myself. You may find yourself nodding in agreement as I attempt to explain the situation.

The following table summarizes the DSM-IV definition of AS:

Qualitative impairment in social interaction, as manifested by at least two of the following:

Marked impairment in the use of multiple nonverbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye gaze, facial expression, body postures, and gestures to regulate social interaction.

Failure to develop peer relationships appropriate to developmental level.

A lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment, interests, or achievements with other people.

Lack of social or emotional reciprocity.

Restricted repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, and activities, as manifested by at least one of the following:

Encompassing pre-occupation with one or more stereotyped and restricted patterns of interest that is abnormal either in intensity or focus.

Apparently inflexible adherence to specific, nonfunctional routines or rituals.

Stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms.

Persistent preoccupation with parts of objects.

I will have a great deal more to say on this subject in future posts. Stay tuned, amigo/senorita.

I think that nearly every person is born a genius, an artist, a revolutionary...

then bullies, asshole parents, repressive governments, screwed up peers, gloomy MSM, false religion, and other conformist/soul-destroying and envious forces effectively warp or suppress our Avant Savant proclivities...

until we fade into the fabric, the "normalized" or "marginalized" warp and woof, the wow and flutter of social innocuity.

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