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 Forum: The Haven   Topic: scale of -10 to +10, how do you feel right now?

Posted: 22 Sep 2021, 11:58 pm 

Replies: 34,290
Views: 1,648,767

-7 .... was looking up for a bit but no. And the general apocalypse around us all is way not helping.

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Social interaction: What kinds are hardest/easiest for you?

Posted: 22 Sep 2021, 11:51 pm 

Replies: 30
Views: 2,738

Easiest is performing: singing, acting, speaking. I can prepare, and I know exactly what to say. Plus limited interaction requiring thinking on my feet. Or talking to ppl I won't likely see again. Hardest is people I kind of a little bit know or encounter routinely. They expect more than small talk,...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Understanding what ppl say... decoding rather

Posted: 22 Sep 2021, 11:44 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 396

So sarcasm is a way of life in my family, and I use it often. Too much really. But I don't often pick up on it aimed at me. I get anxious talking to ppl bc I don't know how to discern anything beyond the literal words they say or type. Is it literal? Sarcastic? Passive aggressive? Is there subtext I...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How good is your vocabulary?

Posted: 12 Dec 2012, 2:03 pm 

Replies: 52
Views: 9,063

Exactly! I'm not trying to show off when I use an unusual word. I'm simply trying to be as precise as possible. Ironically, I do this for the benefit of the listener or reader. :)

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Collections/research

Posted: 12 Dec 2012, 1:54 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 1,710

Wow, I can relate. I like to say I collect collections. I'm sporadically organized about it. I'm the sort of person whose living room can be FEMA-worthy yet her CDs are organized alphabetically, by genre. I get like that when I'm packing to move, too. I have to constantly remind myself not to obsess...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Literally seeing the Trees vs Forest

Posted: 12 Dec 2012, 1:37 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 1,134

Yes, I have had this experience before, very similar to how you describe. I've always joked that I'm the person who either sees the spot on the wing of the bug on the bark of one particular tree in the forest or discusses comparative global forestry patterns. I can either notice fine details or thin...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: do you have visual thinking?

Posted: 07 Dec 2012, 8:52 pm 

Replies: 22
Views: 4,056

As far as directions I am HOPELESS.. Anything where I have to re-orient myself after turning makes me all kinds of confused and disoriented. Without a map in hand I will get lost for certain. And I'm the type of person who has to turn the map around with every turn I make. Left... rotate map.... . O...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Is your memory good or bad?

Posted: 07 Dec 2012, 8:35 pm 

Replies: 42
Views: 4,828

Interesting.... I'm seeing a lot of folks saying the same, that they have good long term memory and poor short term. That's me too. I also find I can't intentionally remember things. It simply happens or doesn't... and there doesn't seem to be a pattern to what my mind retains and discards. There ar...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Anyone else never get sensory overload.

Posted: 07 Dec 2012, 8:20 pm 

Replies: 21
Views: 3,600

This is one of the things I've always known was "different" about me. I didn't know anybody else who turned socks and tights inside out to avoid the seams, or cut tags out of clothes. Or went batty over the flicker and buzz of fluorescent light. Or jumped at any sudden noise. Or got dizzy in superma...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do higher functioning aspies have it worse in some ways?

Posted: 07 Dec 2012, 7:59 pm 

Replies: 52
Views: 4,745

Yes yes yes! I've been mulling the same thing for literally years as I struggled through life and finally was diagnosed AS (among other flavors of specialness). My sheer determination and ability to improvise my way through the more difficult things (read: compensate) let me manage to barely, just b...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How good is your vocabulary?

Posted: 07 Dec 2012, 7:38 pm 

Replies: 52
Views: 9,063

Way above average! Learned to read early and pretty much lost myself in books-- that was my primary escape from a world that didn't get me. Read a ton of nonfiction (especially field guides) and yes, was known to curl up with a dictionary. People often say I talk oddly, that no one "actually uses wo...
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