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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do your sleep patterns go all over the place?

Posted: 25 Jul 2010, 9:19 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 816

I always seem to sleep in two sessions and my son (who has PDD-NOS) is the same. This was apparently quite a common sleep pattern before everyone had artificial lights. I can't sleep long in summer either and I have to schedule in a doze in the afternoon if I can. Happily I live in Spain where this ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Are aspies generally bad drivers?

Posted: 25 Jul 2010, 9:15 am 

Replies: 87
Views: 4,079

I'm a lousy driver. I passed my test 20 years ago because my parents insisted and swore never to drive again. I would have killed myself or somebody else by now, I'm quite certain. I don't even ride a bike comfortably but I can do it on a quiet road. I only feel really happy traveling in running sho...

 Forum: Work and finding a Job   Topic: Do any of you have this problem?

Posted: 21 Jul 2010, 6:56 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 625

I'm the same but it can be useful for working to deadlines as long as you can keep it under control. As long as you don't tell anyone you got the job finished with hours or days to spare - then they think you're weird. I hate having anything coming up that I haven't prepared for - it ruins my day.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Weird variation I got of "you're so quiet"

Posted: 21 Jul 2010, 6:52 am 

Replies: 47
Views: 4,290

I got that a great deal when I was younger and I worked in a cubicle. Mostly in the patronizing form of "you don't have to be shy you know, say something, join in, we don't bite." Just when I working up to asking them to have their incredibly repetitive conversation sitting on someone else's desk.

 Forum: Love and Dating   Topic: Are there ANY over-25 virgins on Wrong Planet? Or just me?

Posted: 18 Jul 2010, 7:54 am 

Replies: 87
Views: 11,653

Girls are so much luckier in this department - even quite ugly ones like me. I had a friend to tell me what to wear, what to say and give me the nudge when a guy looked interested. I managed to have sex at 22. A sympathetic NT friend as an intermediary can get you over the difficult early stages. Of...

 Forum: Love and Dating   Topic: Too smart to Marry

Posted: 18 Jul 2010, 7:43 am 

Replies: 41
Views: 5,641

I'm 40 years old and separated. I was the main breadwinner for our whole relationship; not because I wanted to be but because he was too depressed to go to work. My husband's girlfriend is in her mid-20s with no qualifications and no job. She agrees with everything he says and guess what - he's not ...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Do you think people are over dramatic

Posted: 15 Jul 2010, 7:59 am 

Replies: 10
Views: 2,239

I agree. Half the time other people's emotional reactions seem fake and overblown to me. I used to accuse them of appealing for sympathy. I haven't cried for 24 years and that was a physical reaction to extreme fear. It didn't get me any sympathy though so obviously I was doing it wrong.

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: self conscious about my voice / accent

Posted: 15 Jul 2010, 7:17 am 

Replies: 23
Views: 5,874

I speak like a 1950's newsreader, with a plum in my mouth and with hyper-correct grammar because I learned to speak from the TV. I wish I could unlearn it now but the way other people speak really irritates me so I probably never will - I mean the way they don't complete their sentences, speak too l...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: In your dreams, are you autistic?

Posted: 13 Jul 2010, 7:44 am 

Replies: 74
Views: 11,365

I'm almost always alone in dreams and don't interact with people (except when I find myself having sex and I don't have nearly enough of those dreams). :wink:

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Males/Females Here PLEASE VOTE

 Post subject: me and others like me
Posted: 13 Jul 2010, 7:42 am 

Replies: 48
Views: 4,568

I'm female and diagnosed with Asperger's and I just made the statistics even more confusing. Why is it that I don't know a single other autistic woman in real life?

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: "What's it like living with Autism?" on BBC Three

Posted: 15 Apr 2010, 3:00 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 1,397

I'll be watching, though I notice it's all about young people. Don't old folks like me deserve any attention? Are all my challenges supposed to be over? :wink:

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Aspire: a magazine by and for us

Posted: 14 Apr 2010, 10:31 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 1,687

I would like to contribute if I can, especially since you're UK based. I'd also like to promote my little blog thing maybe. I'll take a look at what you've got in issue one...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Dressing socially acceptably

Posted: 12 Apr 2010, 11:57 am 

Replies: 22
Views: 4,005

I spent years getting this wrong. Happily my only proper job was in genetics research, where the boss wore a tie-dye T-shirt and socks under his sandals (in defiance of safety regulations), so it didn't matter what I wore under my lab coat. Nowadays I think jeans and a smart jacket does for most occ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Things you do when no one is looking

Posted: 10 Apr 2010, 10:36 am 

Replies: 27
Views: 2,410

I replay conversations in front of the mirror and try to imitate the other person's facial expressions. I should be on the stage.

 Forum: Getting to know each other   Topic: It all makes sense... I have Asperger's syndrome.

Posted: 10 Apr 2010, 10:33 am 

Replies: 12
Views: 2,751

I think it really does get easier, not just because it comes with practise but because as you get older you don't have to spend so much time servicing other people's small talk. I leave out the fillers too and talk in grammatical sentences which some people find intimidating. I find it helpful to ha...
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