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10 May 2011, 12:57 am

...autistic people have difficulty grasping?



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10 May 2011, 4:04 am

I've heard patriotism cited as one.

For me it's the notion of an "awkward silence"-
but then I don't feel the need to chatter constantly about bullsh*t to feel comfortable.


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10 May 2011, 4:19 am

What do you meen exactly? Hard to grasp because they don't intelectually understand them, like in their definition, or they can't participate in them. For example patriotism - they can't be patriotic or understand why others are.
I think concepts that have to do with emotion are problematic for people with as.



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10 May 2011, 4:25 am

School Spirit, but that is considerably close to patriotism.

Here's a big one, Religion.


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10 May 2011, 4:33 am

Identity.

And I am still grappling with what exactly empathy is. It really bothers me that I can not grasp it precisely to decide whether I show it or not.



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10 May 2011, 4:37 am

According to this article, it is literally grasping something that isn't right here right now. I can see that I don't have a problem with it.

http://www.aspminds.com/abstractthinking.html

So, it's not a matter of understanding why people are patriotic, it's understanding what patriotism is in the first place.


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10 May 2011, 4:46 am

Perhaps fascism, nationalism, chauvinism, to further stress patriotism? Although, I feel it is not relevant at all. Seems to vary independently.

Social networking, chit-chat. How to listen to people around you. What pleasure is in activities I despise to some degree, such as wellness weekends. Not being honest is helpful to most ppl, but how??


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10 May 2011, 5:42 am

OJani wrote:
Perhaps fascism, nationalism, chauvinism, to further stress patriotism? Although, I feel it is not relevant at all. Seems to vary independently.

Social networking, chit-chat. How to listen to people around you. What pleasure is in activities I despise to some degree, such as wellness weekends. Not being honest is helpful to most ppl, but how??


I don't have any problem in understanding the abstract concept of "chit-chat"; it is the participation in the concrete chit-chat that is difficult to me.



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10 May 2011, 6:09 am

Bethie wrote:
I've heard patriotism cited as one.

I don't find it hard to grasp that concept, though I'd have enormous difficulty embracing it......there's no sick bucket big enough.



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10 May 2011, 6:37 am

For me, I have trouble grasping the concept of manipulation and social networking.


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10 May 2011, 7:03 am

Did anyone read the link I cited? Oh, never mind. :doh: <<<moi


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10 May 2011, 7:04 am

TPE2 wrote:
OJani wrote:
Perhaps fascism, nationalism, chauvinism, to further stress patriotism? Although, I feel it is not relevant at all. Seems to vary independently.

Social networking, chit-chat. How to listen to people around you. What pleasure is in activities I despise to some degree, such as wellness weekends. Not being honest is helpful to most ppl, but how??


I don't have any problem in understanding the abstract concept of "chit-chat"; it is the participation in the concrete chit-chat that is difficult to me.

I still have difficulty with understanding that concept, thought in general I know how it works. Like, if you are a good specialist, and going to sell your software innovation to a leader of a company, you talk 90% of football, and only 10% of the actual subject, such as how your software works, and how much it is ahead of the competition etc.



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10 May 2011, 7:40 am

abstract concept: A means of describing or categorizing the objects of inquiry (how the world, people or things work), by thinking of "thing-in-itself", meaning thinking of the properties of things that can not be seen, touched, tasted, or heard, etc, but still are known by the mind.

To conceptualize something is to know a thing without knowing it's use, to know it without being able to see, touch, or feel it. One must thing of the objective in it's purest essence as if it still existed if no human existed to know that it exists at all.



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10 May 2011, 7:46 am

gen-ph wrote:
For me, I have trouble grasping the concept of manipulation and social networking.


social networking means you're friendly with people for the primarily objective of them giving you jobs, financial resources, or access to someone important. In other words, your personal feelings and opinions towards the person is not important, what is important is that they can introduce you to people who can help you. They are "middle men" being used only for the purpose of achieving an objective, but not because you actually care to know anything about them.



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10 May 2011, 9:50 am

I have trouble grasping concepts related to government, politics, and finances. They're nearly meaningless to me.