Deepthought said:Milton does not suggest that non-autistic people are less capable of developing an understanding of autism than vice versa; as he points out, it is simply that autistic people have no choice but to try to develop an understanding of society if they are to ‘survive and potentially thrive’ whereas no such imperative applies in the opposite direction (Milton 2012).
The thing that makes me smile here, is Milton's and other's hypothesis that there is no imperative for non-autistic people to use an Autistic Theory-of-Mind (or AToM) ~ with my amusement arising from the fact that non-autistic and autistic parents have been having and raising autistic children for thousands of years now, and the use of an AToM or a Divergent Theory of Mind (DToM) has remained historically concurrent in all cultures and societies, therefore.
Also, societal ToM models that involve 'surviving and potentially thriving' ideologies featuring 'imperatives' are proving currently to be more and more unreliable, whereas when we live as we actually are ~ we thereby facilitate our life as it actually is in the dependable and reliable sense.
Don’t you find it a very blunt instrument of judgement though?
"....one reason each of these mental conditions has been defined as abnormal by our society is because it violates one or more important social values or virtues. By specifying precisely which human behaviors represent abnormal functioning, society essentially upholds those social values that it regards as sacrosanct."
alternatively...in relation to ASD and ToM
According to Henry and Camilla Markrams Intense World Syndrome theory (2007):
The intense world that the autistic person faces could easily become aversive if the amygdala and related emotional areas are affected with hyper-reactivity and hyper-plasticity. The lack of social interaction in autism may therefore not be because of deficits in the ability to process social and emotional cues as previously thought, but because a subset of cues are overly intense, compulsively attended to, excessively processed, and remembered with frightening clarity and intensity. Autistic people may therefore neither be mind-blind at all nor lack empathy for others, but be hyper-aware of selected fragments of the mind, which may be so intense that they avoid eye contact, withdraw from social interactions and stop communicating.
The why the otherwise enabled are essential to the human ecosystem article was a bit of existential elixir ~ with a particular choosey bit for me being:
Each civilization also defines its own forms of giftedness. In ancient cultures that depended upon religious rituals for social cohesion, it might have been the schizophrenics (who heard the voices of the gods) or the obsessive compulsives (who carried out the precise rituals) who were the gifted ones. Even in today’s world, being in the right place at the right time seems to be critical in terms of defining whether you will be regarded as gifted or disabled.
This struck all my cords what with the metaphysical, philosophical and theosophical territories being my first major footings in terms of finding about my experiences as an Aspergian Schizotype.
And from the different presentation of Asperger's syndrome in girls:
Girls language typically develops in sophistication and abstraction earlier than that of their male classmates. This, combined with different physiological and emotional development, and transition to secondary school, frequently causes the time of puberty to distinguish girls on the spectrum, who had previously seemed to blend in through their use of echopraxic behaviours. That is, girls with AS will very often carefully watch other girls, to learn how they are expected to behave, and therefore can for several years seem to be fitting in socially. For example, an autistic autobiographer has written that: I watched people like a scientist watches an experiment (Holliday Willey, 1999, p.42).
This struck all my more numerous feminine chords (F7/M4), as the sociological and psychological territories were my second major footing on account of which.
Also from the feminine approach to recognising Asperger's Syndrome, try perhaps if you have not done so before:
I shall read the article with interest and report back......I am pleased you found the article on societal perception of gifted and disabled enlightening....and your reflections on sleep.
i concur with you in that societal cohesion is a restraint that can can be too narrowly framed and can the negate the positive and enlightening contributions that everyone can offer
i am glad you are looking after the night shift.
So....the checklist is very comprehensive...I shall print numerous copies and give it to my Christmas visitors...I am self diagnosed as ....? ...... but this makes a lot of sense....
now...here is a question.....write me a NT checklist! Lol
ElephantInTheRoom said:So....the checklist is very comprehensive
Yup, it certainly is that.
ElephantInTheRoom said:...I shall print numerous copies and give it to my Christmas visitors...
If you or your Christmas visitors would like the softer and friendlier looking print version, with pictures and introduction too:
ElephantInTheRoom said:I am self diagnosed as ....?
As an Elephant in the room ~ surely? ;-)
ElephantInTheRoom said:.... but this makes a lot of sense....
Pretty much a clarification guaranteed affair, really.