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 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Can an aspie be social for his career?

Posted: 30 Jun 2009, 10:41 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 2,391

In my case, the key was knowing the 'social rules' and practice, practice, practice.
I suppose others might have coping mechanisms to get around the social aspects of one's job. :)

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Anyone else have a sorta neuro-eccentric social group?

Posted: 27 Jun 2009, 11:55 am 

Replies: 35
Views: 3,025

Me! My closest friends have a histories of depression, panic attacks, self-mutilation, and violence. It was bad when we were teenagers. My best friend used to cut herself, beat her girlfriend, take prozac. Then another had a major panic attack - he thought we were all against him. But that wa years ...

 Forum: Art, Writing, and Music   Topic: Dystopian novels

Posted: 23 Jun 2009, 8:54 pm 

Replies: 33
Views: 3,708

oy, i'm reading this ^ right now. :)

 Forum: Art, Writing, and Music   Topic: Dystopian novels

Posted: 21 Jun 2009, 9:10 am 

Replies: 33
Views: 3,708

I agree on Children of Men and Lathe of Heaven. JG Ballard's novels are also dystopic. I esp. like Super-Cannes. I recommend Fredric Jameson's Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions. It is not a novel, but a treatise on science fiction and utopia/dystopia. I...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Going to a concert

Posted: 21 Jun 2009, 9:01 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 1,189

I go to gigs by myself but its very rare. I only go to a concert if I really really love the band, but otherwise I stay at home. Being alone in a bar/ concert is very painful and awkward for me, I still don't know how to get around to it. I think of it as a sacrifice :) For a lot of people, it is an...

 Forum: Love and Dating   Topic: Pedantry: WHY is it a turn-off to women?

Posted: 21 Jun 2009, 8:46 am 

Replies: 66
Views: 8,312

I actually like pedantry, being someone who's often guilty of it. (but I try not to do it to strangers or acquaintances anymore.) Last week, I talked to a guy friend about political parties in Europe and how they were formed. Good thing it was all in YM so I can post links and stuff. When we said go...

 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: 31 and just self diagnosed, but some bits don't fit...?

Posted: 21 Jun 2009, 8:38 am 

Replies: 18
Views: 2,636

Hi Will and welcome. Last year, the doctor told me that I have NVLD but stopped short of giving me a full-blown AS diagnosis. She said I have features of AS but since I'm functioning well, it's not AS. I guess the secret to my 'functioning well' is that I work in an industry where I'm very comfortab...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Why isn't NLD on the spectrum?

Posted: 06 Jun 2009, 10:34 am 

Replies: 18
Views: 5,674

i was diagnosed last year with nvld and the psychiatrist said i exhibit features of AS, but not the whole shebang. i can be really awkward in social situations but thank goodness, my present work does not entail a lot of socializing. (i am around people a lot and talk to them, but on my own terms an...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Do you look like a teenager?

Posted: 06 Jun 2009, 10:19 am 

Replies: 261
Views: 79,940

i'm 26 but i look like 18. depending on clothes, i can look much younger. it's always funny to see people's expression when i tell them my age. last april, i was at the german embassy to get my visa and the guy ruffled through my papers and looked at me several times. and then finally he asked me th...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Not finding intelligent friends.

Posted: 06 Jun 2009, 10:04 am 

Replies: 30
Views: 5,846

^^i do feel that i have a different language when i talk to people who are not my friends, say colleagues from work. it's not bec i feel intelligent but because i fear that people would make fun of me if i blurt out stuff that i usually say to people close to me. my friends and i grew up together in...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Bletchley Park

Posted: 06 Jun 2009, 9:51 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 2,024

i too would love to go there. unfortunately i'm on the other side of the world. *sigh*

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Extroverted Aspie?!

Posted: 06 Jun 2009, 9:49 am 

Replies: 22
Views: 6,803

I can be quite talkative to people i know, but that is not always all the time. even when w/ my friends, i need some time to 'rest'. what i notice about me is that i can handle conversations w/ total strangers, but the topics can be quite limited, and after we exhaust that, the awkward lull comes.

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Do you disappear for days?

Posted: 03 Mar 2009, 10:21 pm 

Replies: 45
Views: 5,205

Not physically, bec i have work commitments. however, i do have days, sometimes weeks, when i don't talk/contact my friends. they understand though, although i still feel guilty about it.

 Forum: Love and Dating   Topic: Big Crush Letdown

Posted: 03 Mar 2009, 10:14 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 1,848


 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: ASC test

Posted: 14 Feb 2009, 5:46 am 

Replies: 37
Views: 4,660 # Repetitive or restricted Behaviours and Interests (RBI) - Stereotyped, repetitive behaviours and interests # Social Impairment (SI) - Social understanding # Language problems...
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