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In a recent thread the topic of people on the autistic spectrum lacking skills in empathy arose. I was saddened to see that some people on the spectrum do indeed believe this, and I would be interested in exploring this topic further if others wish to as well.
As a start, I wonder what people would get out of movies if they did not feel emotion and empathy with the characters. I feel very intense emotions watching a good film.
I would be interested to know if this youtube compilation by Cinefix of so called emotional movie scenes does get any emotions going in you?
I found really hard to fall asleep, I may go to bed and turn off all lights at 11pm but I will fall sleep 2h later or sometimes 2am and nothing. I have read that autistic people have a lot of brain activity, higher than NT's and that may cause sleep problems.
I usually keep rolling in my bed until I finally start to feel a sensation of "leaving my body" and going to sleep, on the other hand I also sleep a lot, these vacation days I woke up at 11am on average.
What things help you fall sleep or improve the quality of your sleep?
As the title says, Where is everyone from on here? It seems to be pretty diverse geographically. Also, Is there anyone else here from NY like myself?
(Not written by me)
Opposing defects in a single neuronal protein lead either to epilepsy in infancy or to autism
Distinct sets of genetic defects in a single neuronal protein can lead either to infantile epilepsy or to autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), depending on whether the respective mutations boost the protein's function or sabotage it, according to a new study by UC San Francisco researchers. Tracing how these particular genetic defects lead to more general changes in brain function could unlock fundamental mysteries about how events early in brain development lead to autism, the authors say.
"The genetics of neuropsychiatric disease is often complicated, but here we have a single gene in which specific mutations can cause either infantile seizures or autism in a consistent and predictable manner," said Stephan Sanders, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of psychiatry at UCSF and member of the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences who is co-senior author of the new study....
Hello, I'd just like to say I'm a new member here, but I don't expect to be a regular poster as I've learned to cope with my AS in recent years.
However, there is one bizarre issue I have that I've never been able to understand. I think it would be worth noting that I am a MASSIVE film fanatic in my early 20s. I've pretty much grew up on films of different kinds of cinema for as long as I can remember. As a child, I was mostly exposed to what you'd expect. It was mostly kids fare, usually of the Disney/Pixar/other animated variety, and that changed to a few actioners and comedies in my early teens. Let's just say that I was in love with these movies for years, and even built up a collection of Pixar's work on DVD, and became fascinated with the whole medium of animation.
As I started to get to my mid-teens however, things started to change. I quickly moved on from that, and instead fed my movie habit with a diet of crime and action-thrillers from the 70s, 80s and 90s, basically...
I understand a lot of normies don't like us spectrums. Me? Haven't faced much hate aside from my brother and niece. So I gotta ask:
Why do mean people call us 'retards'?
Why do people wanna cure autism/aspergers? I'm pretty sure if I didn't have it, I wouldn't be as charming as I am today. Or love Batman & Robin.
When news programs do a segment on an autistic individual in a patronizing, condescending way. The show will portray the person as this huge inspiration yet at the same time they do it in such a fake, babying manner, almost like they're not a full person with their own feelings, thoughts, dreams, preferences, etc - just something to bring in ratings. They'll often fixate on getting the voices of the disabled person's parents or family or teachers or caregivers but never seriously entertain the opinions of the person themself. I don't know how to describe it properly but it kinda annoys me. I suppose it beats than outright mocking autistic people or condemning them as being incompetent but it still doesn't feel genuine or humanizing. I've also seen this ridiculous and hokey method of coverage done on people with some other disability like Down Syndrome. And it's not just on news shows, it's something I've see a lot on daytime talk shows and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Has anyone...
I'm truly the worst person you could ever meet in real-life. I make jokes about tragedies such as shootings. I throw massive temper tantrums that could count in the abusive territory. I try to manipulate people. I've recently taken up victim-blaming; ESPECIALLY if the person in question is on the Autism spectrum. Yes, I even often hate what I am.
So Why do people like me? Just because I don't go through with what I threaten doesn't mean I'm 'good inside.' My old teachers thought I was charming and still love me. I feel like I should tell them their little darling is an awful human being.
Not to mention my Mom and Aunt. They see good in me. I don't.
I'm not good...I'm not nice...I'm...
Recently an opportunity has arisen where I could be able to take a social skills class with other similarly aged (though mostly younger) students. It wil meet bi-weekly.
However, the time of the class interferes with what I normally do in the evenings, which is swim. Changing my swim time is not an option as I'm part of a programme with a set schedule every day. So this leaves me with having to miss a practice (which I really don't want to do) if I were going to take this class.
But I feel like I should take the class. I mean, it's a heaven send for an Aspie. Who is just offered a free class on social skills, by nice people nonetheless?
I guess what I am asking is this: what would you do in my situation?
So I've been umming and ahhing over whether to post here about my special interest. I am obsessed with disasters and accidents of any sort, but mainly air crashes/accidents. Related to this is my overarching obsession with 9/11. I can quite happily watch any episode of Air Crash Investigation(MayDay in other countries), even though I have watched them all many, many times before. My husband is very patient putting up with this, especially as I have a tendency to tell him what is going to happen and why the crash happened.
I watch any and all documentaries about 9/11 (except conspiracy theory ones; I cannot even get through 10 minutes before I'm basically screaming at the TV). I don't like to go to sleep in a silent room, and usually have a documentary or NIST FOIA footage of 9/11 on. I came to the realisation last year that I'm not interested in the human side of either 9/11 or disasters, but rather the mechanics iykwim? So in terms of 9/11, things like how fast the planes were...
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