The Aggressive Quest for Peace

Yes, I decided to attempt a long form entry on my phone. Let’s see how this ends up. INTRODUCTION There are many things that get in the way of peace. For some, there are more obstacles than there are for others. As an Autistic adult, my Autism can get in the way. My Autism alsoContinue reading “The Aggressive Quest for Peace”

Hi, How Are You?

INTRODUCTIONWhen I wake up in the morning, sometimes I’ll read through articles on my phone, in the Google news aggregator. Of course, there are stories from the day, as well as articles about mental health. There are even advice columns, such as the old-school Dear Abby, and the relatively new and similar Dear Annie. InContinue reading “Hi, How Are You?”

Death of The Salesman

INTRODUCTIONThis morning, I read a news story about how Starbucks has been implementing a contactless way to get your coffee, so that you never really have any meaningful interaction with the barista. Today, I’d like to write about my experiences with sales people, and with being one of them, as an Autistic person. I’d alsoContinue reading “Death of The Salesman”

The Paradox of the Adult Autistic Brain

INTRODUCTIONThere isn’t really much in the way of information to be found when it comes to the adult Autistic brain and aging. Most of what can be found online involves Autism in children. Add this to information I’ve received from experts, and it paints a picture that is odd and confusing, because it seems thatContinue reading “The Paradox of the Adult Autistic Brain”

Connection Criteria

INTRODUCTIONSA part of me wants to avoid human connections at all cost, save for the ones that I have already. They’re not toxic or dangerous. Gaining these friends was no small feat, as it required me to go through a sea of horrific people. On average, I gained one genuine friend every decade. Based onContinue reading “Connection Criteria”

Autism and Work: To Disclose or Not

INTRODUCTIONWith all of the issues that come with a diagnosis of Autism, there is the seemingly unanswerable question surrounding the issue of whether or not you should disclose your Autistic status. Arguments have been made in favor of both sides, and I’m working on figuring it out. I’ll be posting one example of each, andContinue reading “Autism and Work: To Disclose or Not”

Depression: Life, Clarity, and Perception

INTRODUCTIONWhen one has a combination of Major Depressive Disorder and a very late Level 1 Autism diagnosis, their view of life and the world can be very dark. Guilty, as charged. The only way out of this dark hole involves years of therapy, years of hard work, and sometimes medication. In my case, all threeContinue reading “Depression: Life, Clarity, and Perception”

Autism: The Myths, the Good, and the Bad of a Late Adult Diagnosis

INTRODUCTIONIn late 2017, just before my 53rd birthday, I got tested and received my diagnosis of Level 1 Autism, formerly known as High-Functioning Autism, formerly known as Asperger’s Syndrome. I can’t say why they got rid of the Asperger’s label. As for “High-Functioning,” that label is going away partially because it’s ableist. But it’s alsoContinue reading “Autism: The Myths, the Good, and the Bad of a Late Adult Diagnosis”

Toxic Media: It Is NOT A Wonderful Life

INTRODUCTIONWhen you spend enough time in therapy, you start to see things in the wild that are of concern when it comes to mental health and engaging in healthy thinking in general. It’s like buying a new red station wagon, where you drive down the street and you see every single red station wagon. Previously,Continue reading “Toxic Media: It Is NOT A Wonderful Life”

Three Tales of Future Faking [Narcissism]

INTRODUCTIONI watched Dr. Ramani’s video about 11 Tactics for Not Allowing Narcissists Into Your Life in the First Place, and shared the video in the link. These are issues that she lists off as “gatekeeper” boundaries to set for additional safety and protection from Narcissists. She mentioned one thing that struck a particular tone withContinue reading “Three Tales of Future Faking [Narcissism]”

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