Autistic Survival Guide/Random Notes

  • The social skills and connection problem is much, much deeper than it initially seems; unfortunately, explaining the problem will not get you substantial lenience from many others.
  • With the rise of the internet and technology, aspie traits are proving useful to people; because of this, accommodations are often made for odd behaviour, which may erroneously lead many autistic people to believe that things are getting better or that they don't have a social skills problem at all.
  • The creative nature of autism does not actually improve people's lives in the way that some autistic people believe. People still have to work the same amount of time as they did hundreds of years ago in circumstances that are just as stressful and demeaning, whether it's doing a job manually or with machines that multiply productivity and people usually still have to pay to receive most of the things that autistic people contribute to society.
  • If an autistic person has a successful career with wealth and success, they are considered an equal player in the general pecking order. On the other hand, autistic people without successful careers are perceived as mentally ill and a dead weight to society. This indicates that it is not autism per se that influences society's perception of a person; rather, it is how well an autistic individual conforms to society's model of success and worthiness that determines their status.
  • You will not get substantial information from people unless you get truthful answers from well-thought-out questions.
  • It is necessary to let some negative emotions "radiate" instead of completely suppressing them. If you don't permit yourself to do this sometimes, things can reach a boiling point and explode inappropriately.
  • Although autistic people seem to be incapable of reading the emotions of others, the emotions they express are VERY readable by others. The confusion others have in reading those emotions lies in the fact that these emotions often don't make sense to them. This is also true in reverse.
  • Fear and aggression are emotions communicated across species and between autistic and non-autistic people. They are "reliable emotions".
  • The relationships between sociopaths and autists and between sociopaths and non-autists are likely worth exploring.