I have learned so much about myself and my own condition by meeting other people on the Autism Spectrum. Last year I went to APAC, the Asia Pacific Autism Conference. There I met a young man and as we were chatting I noticed some non-verbal cards on his lanyard. They said things like Continue reading
Emotional Intelligence has been my special interest for very many years. It’s all I want to read about, all I want to talk about. Fortunately for me, it’s also a subject that many others are interested in to.
This post is a quick update to link you to my new project teaching emotional intelligence.
You can check out the full site here: http://emotionsexplained.com.au/
I want to ask you something… would you support me to keep blogging?
One of the things I struggle with most is believing that other people truly value my work. I get so many Continue reading
When there is nothing left to feel, all that remains is peace. Last night I had the best sleep I’ve had in a long time. I normally sleep well needing an average of about 9hrs per night to feel rested, but this morning I woke up punching the air with energy after only 6½ hrs. That’s because yesterday I finally found a way to express something I’d been holding in for months.
I have learned from an early age that my emotions are Continue reading
When I’m tired I no longer have the energy to care what people think. I no longer have the mental bandwidth to process what’s going on around me or read the unspoken Continue reading
The following is a recollection of a dream I had this week. It affected me so much that Continue reading
Everyone has their limits. The thing with me is that my limits are often difficult for others to see. This means that responsibility for keeping myself safe falls squarely on my shoulders.
As a friend once said to me: “Confidence is the product of knowing who you are in a given situation”.
We all know confidence is the key to success in many areas, but why is that? Is confidence a product of competence? Or is it possible to fake it before you make it? To illustrate the mechanism behind this complex set of phenomena, let me tell you the story of how I first learned to walk a slackline. Continue reading
Being too direct is a very common Aspie trait. Today I want to discuss a few things including why this causes problems and how it sets up a self-reinforcing pattern. Continue reading
In my first post on this topic I spoke about how the ‘problem’ I experience with body language is that people often misinterpret my actions. In this post I wanted to talk a little bit more about what that actually looks like and how seriously damaging it can be to otherwise healthy relationships. And then, as a happy ending, I’ll tell you about the freedom I’ve felt in certain ‘autism-friendly’ spaces where all of these issues disappear completely Continue reading