Autism research that fixes your life
My Autism Workshop start this Wednesday. You should join.
People say to me, “Why does it matter if I have autism or not?” The answer is you can transform your life by using what we know about autism to your benefit.
Experience the intellectual jolt of an autistic group. We have a love/hate relationship with groups; We hate forced participation but we love watching and listening. When we learn about autism on our own, by reading, we engage in selective learning and we miss a lot. However in a group, we are great at seeing what other people need to learn, so we see better for ourselves as well.
Spend less energy trying to appear normal. My whole life I knew I was different and I kept trying to figure out how things work and why people do what they do. I remember sitting at the top of the stairs as a child studying the adults just like that girl from the Norman Rockwell painting. I memorized body language, workplace rules, dating rules, and diet rules, all the rules I could find. Now we have a word for this process: Camouflaging. It’s exhausting to camouflage, but scientists can tell us how to be the most successful at camouflaging using the least amount of energy.
Leverage your erratic behavior instead of being upset about it. A lot of my self-knowledge comes from close calls. Like, I get by at work by doing nothing for days and then I accomplish ten times more than anyone else in a single day. I deal with social situations by refusing to leave my apartment. Then if I must socialize I’ve saved up enough energy to be fascinating all evening long. But I have to not let anyone spend too much time with me or they’d see how difficult I am.
Find your true personality type by overlaying your autistic strengths. Autism shifts our personality type preferences and our strengths. When we understand these shifts we can gain a more clear picture of our true type and what we have to offer.
Here are other questions people ask me:
Will you record the sessions?
Yes. If you can’t join live, you can watch the recordings in your own time.
What if I don’t think I am autistic?
People who don’t think they are autistic will fit in great in this workshop, because every autistic person once thought they were not autistic. In fact, they spent most of their life not even knowing the word. You’ve read this far. You’re at least very autism-curious. So sign up now.
Good on you, P! This reads beautifully, like someone was standing behind you with a big call-to-action bat. Despite feeling like the girl in the pic, I’m a 58-year-old chap too scared to participate in what isn’t meant for me anyway. However, it occurred to me that if you bung this on LinkedIn (which I don’t think you dig) I can simultaneously give it a gee-up, and deconstruct the patriarchy by helping you unleash the power of autistic lassies in corporateland. We could even take out late-stage capitalism. Just a (probably spectacularly poorly worded & terminally self-aggrandising) thought. But oh well. You seem to have that effect on me. Sincerely wishing all power to you & yours, P. :)
Thanks for the encouragement, Paul.
It’s interesting that so many folks are talking about autistic women these days. I was interested around the time I was diagnosed, but now I find the subject pretty boring, given that I managed most of my life without knowing. Anyway, you have always been interesting, and so I hope you find your interested people for this group. I must admit, I’m excited for whatever comes next in your special interests.