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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Aphantasia poll

 Post subject: Re: Aphantasia poll
Posted: 23 Nov 2022, 1:06 am 

Replies: 73
Views: 3,444


I'm the polar opposite of aphantasia. I can see the red star ("6") in my mind's eye, though I don't literally see it. For me to literally "see" stuff with my closed eyes, I'd have to be in an altered state such as a deep meditative or dream state (I sometimes lucid dream). I can ...

 Forum: Adult Autism Issues   Topic: Are there two distinct forms of BDSM?

Posted: 07 Nov 2022, 1:04 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 89


I feel like I kinda get what you're saying. Here's what I observed... there's the one kind of person into BDSM, who is I guess basically a normie, and... I don't know what that is, having never known them. But then there are also a ton of autistic people in BDSM. And neurodivergent and disabled peop...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: feeling an invisible glass wall between myself and others

Posted: 04 Oct 2022, 6:54 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 710


Curious what you think of this theory ? Sounds about right to me. I experience the world mainly as an observer, never as an active participant. I sometimes feel like a single point of perception. Like a camera angle in a movie or videogame, just moving through an artificial environment. The sensati...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Mandatory Therapeutic Disclosure Act for therapists

Posted: 01 Oct 2022, 1:23 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 833


No, therapists are not trying to drop "hints" by cooing at people. ... It is more likely that when she said "aww," she was expressing *sympathy* because of something you'd just said. Pfft! :roll: That wasn't "sympathy"! The tone of her cooing was the same as if I broug...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What made you first wonder if you could be Autistic?

Posted: 29 Sep 2022, 5:22 pm 

Replies: 39
Views: 1,202


I am late diagnosed, but I have *always* known I was ND because my whole childhood is basically a long narrative of being kicked out of various schools, being dragged around from clinician office to clinician office, the constant evaluations, being homeschooled after the school officials threatened ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Mandatory Therapeutic Disclosure Act for therapists

Posted: 29 Sep 2022, 4:24 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 833


Interesting to consider. I am looking back on my own experience with therapy and realizing that there have been really long runs with therapy where the therapist either did not believe I was autistic (I went to therapy with a number of different people before it came up and was quick to have ADHD br...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autism and Marijuana

 Post subject: Re: Autism and Marijuana
Posted: 14 Sep 2022, 11:44 pm 

Replies: 32
Views: 1,756


I only seem to be able to carry on conversations with people if I smoke some weed first. It's like I have to actively make myself dumber to interact normally with people.

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: feeling an invisible glass wall between myself and others

Posted: 24 Aug 2022, 10:08 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 710


Is this just a common autism feeling? I have felt all my life like I'm basically encased in a bubble. I get by just fine out in the world, socially speaking, in terms of everyday types of transactions. I feel like, at this point in my life, I have mastered enough social skills. I don't offend people...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autism and metaphors

 Post subject: Re: Autism and metaphors
Posted: 13 Aug 2022, 4:32 pm 

Replies: 57
Views: 2,897


It's all about the idea that autistic adults don't matter. They take kids of certain age and the autistic ones do much worse in some cognitive areas. That's because they have a DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY. It's doesn't mean they can't catch up in these areas later. I relate to this because the main wa...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: I love Starbucks

 Post subject: Re: I love Starbucks
Posted: 28 Jul 2022, 6:11 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 1,195


I don't enjoy cafes anymore, unfortunately, unless they're some of the more "old school" kind that actually have comfortable seating, softer background music, and dimmer lighting. I used to love cafes: number one neuro-friendly place to hang out. Now I can't even be in my local Peet's anym...

 Forum: Love and Dating   Topic: Best Neurodiverse Combo?

Posted: 28 Jul 2022, 4:41 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 535


I'm ASD and ADHD and with someone who has both ADHD and CP. We actually have fairly similar narratives around midline crossing, processing, dyspraxia/motor type issues, bullying in school because of being gifted but also bullying in school because of being perceived as intellectually challenged, etc...

 Forum: Love and Dating   Topic: Do we fall in love differently/feel attracted differently?

Posted: 23 Jul 2022, 11:34 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 756


This is something that I've felt for much of my life; as if the way in which I have crushes, feel attracted, and or fall in love, is somehow different from what's expected in NT World. I am in a good relationship now and have been for years (with someone who is ND, but not autistic - he has ADHD). B...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do you only feel one emotion at a time?

Posted: 22 Jul 2022, 11:35 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 416


I have alexithymia, so yeah. I'm really only good at understanding if I'm feeling angry, amused, or nothing at all. Those are my comfort zones/what I am familiar with. I know sometimes I must be feeling more complex emotions or multiple emotions at once, but it's as though my head gets hit with the...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Does anyone older then 30 still live with their parents?

Posted: 22 Jul 2022, 11:33 pm 

Replies: 30
Views: 1,582


I have lived either with my parents or with someone else taking care of things, for big chunks of my adult life.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Was it better to be unaware of your own autism?

Posted: 18 Jul 2022, 12:49 am 

Replies: 58
Views: 1,939


I didn't actually start succeeding at anything or having lasting relationships until I became aware of my autism. I had no idea why specific things were so hard, and it also helped me identify what came more easily.

 Forum: Love and Dating   Topic: Love on the Spectrum: US edition

Posted: 17 Jul 2022, 9:37 pm 

Replies: 148
Views: 5,272


Well... in my own case, I had friends and dates as long as I stuck to nerd culture. The times when I've wanted to be into anything *else* - I've found myself profoundly isolated. I feel like there's a glass wall between me and most people I meet who aren't the handful of gamers I'm already friends w...
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