Any other groups that are more accepting of self-diagnosis?

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olympiadis
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03 Dec 2014, 11:43 pm

I like $10 words in the same way that I prefer "10mm boxed-end wrench" to "adjustable wrench".

Why intentionally make communication more uncertain than it already is?



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04 Dec 2014, 12:14 am

Some people may be good or bad at understanding big words, science jargon, idioms, sports terms, emotional words, social-emotional ideas, science ideas, cat-related things, etc. I don't think that people should avoid using big words or talking about social-emotional ideas or cat-related things just because others might not understand big words or social-emotional ideas or cat-related things.


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04 Dec 2014, 12:21 am

When I use $10 words my posts usually end up gigantic, and that is my only real concern.

It depends how much effort I want to put in. Big descriptive words are never the first to arrive in my mind. I only use them if I really need to express a point of view (which on a forum is regular), but it takes me longer to post because I have to think of them or even use Google to find such words if they escaped my mind.

I used to not do this to the extent that I now do and nobody read my posts because they were longer than the Wall of China.

So essentially when I write a post, it's easy to do, but making it concise is not, because I can't get the exact meaning I want to without access to a vast expanse of vocab, and that doesn't come naturally to me, because I tend to write/talk way too fast/much when I'm on a roll. I guess I get that from my mum.


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04 Dec 2014, 6:57 am

Nothing wrong with using $10 words if they provide at least $10 worth of information.



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04 Dec 2014, 8:57 am

At the risk of being the only one on the other side of a heated conversation I think we should be a bit suspicious of self-diagnosis. Self-diagnosis is a powerful part of self-understanding. It requires recognizing some things in yourself that you may not like; however, self-diagnosis also opens up the way for trying to explain something (why am I lonely? Why don't a get along with others?) and you can lead yourself down the wrong path. I know before my official diagnosis I had self-diagnosed myself with some other things. When I received my official Aspie diagnosis I asked my psychologist about the others. According to the checklists I had found I met everything and I had incorporated these as part of my identity. I KNEW they were me, but they were not. I had to accept my own diagnosis and I had to accept that some of the things I was doing were not a product of ASD or anything else; it was my own behavior I needed to change. There is a reason that people pay psychologists 1000s of dollars to get a diagnosis. Self-diagnosis can be a key and a clue, but it is not 100% accurate. I would be interested to see how accurate it was though as I had considered that I may have ASD before my diagnosis. I'm not saying that self-diagnosis is a bad thing; I'm just saying that if you are self-diagnosed you may have ASD, or you may have lots of the signs of ASD but these may in fact be due to something else. As a community of Aspies and Auties though, this is an area we should be discussing. If you are self-diagnosed though, I would still absolutely welcome you here.



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04 Dec 2014, 9:15 am

kraftiekortie wrote:
Who criticizes autism research? I've never seen criticism of that nature.

Autism research is a win-win type of proposition.

I don't think there are many people who criticize the importance of research. But there's definitely need for criticism of specific studies, because there are a lot of really bad studies out there. Worse yet is the way many of those are twisted and used to push agendas that deserve even more criticism.



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04 Dec 2014, 9:37 am

LOL...I've never denied that specific studies must be criticized. There's a lot of snake oil out there.



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04 Dec 2014, 9:08 pm

http://www.stuff.co.nz/science/63699327 ... ir-results

Yes there sure is. This is just a tiny look at a much bigger problem.