I haven't posted in about a year, at the time I was deciding if I should get a diagnosis which I chose not to get. I am currently a uni student in Nottingham and it seems that it is very obvious I am on the spectrum, people either seem to spot it immediately or think I am weird.
I really need to improve my ability to interact with people. I struggle a lot in social situations and find people often act and respond to things in very confusing and irrational ways. I have searched for a guide to understand neurotypical people better. Things like body language, social interaction, how to respond in situations and understand them in general. However my searches have only resulted in finding a few guides explaining Autism for normal people but not the other way around.
Can anybody help me out?Thank you
A sample 24 pages of the book can be read here - http://www.afieldguidetoearthlings.com/preview.html
Autistic people often live in a state of anxiety and confusion about the social world, running into misunderstandings and other barriers. This book unlocks the inner workings of neurotypical behavior, which can be mysterious to autistics. Topics include the nuances of friendship, dating, small talk, interpersonal conflicts, image, learning styles, social communication, common sense, and white lies. Proceeding from root concepts of language and culture through 62 behavior patterns used by neurotypical people, the book reveals how they structure a mental map of the world in symbolic webs of beliefs, how those symbols are used to filter perception, how they build and display their identity, how they compete for power, and how they socialize and develop relationships. From the introduction: This book reveals psychological patterns of neurotypical humans, from an autistic perspective. I wrote it to help you understand them. You might read it if you are autistic and have to work harder to understand why people do what they do, or you might read it if you are neurotypical and want to understand an autistic person in your life, or you might read it because you are interested in new ways of looking at personalities and behavior.
might be worth a look
You can preview a sample of the book and read customer reviews on the following link:
Who knew that Neurotypicals came with an instruction manual?!
Now, I just need to find the instruction book to being Autistic. I've only figured out the first four rules myself...
Page 51 tells you where to find the mute button.
page 52, how to remove the batteries
This might help..
Being diagnosed with autism as an adult can be disorienting and isolating; however, if you can understand the condition and how it affects perceptions, relationships, and your relationship with the world in general, a happy and successful life is attainable. Through an introduction to the autism spectrum, and how the Level 1 diagnosis is characterised, the author draws on personal experiences to provide positive advice on dealing with life, health, and relationships following an adult diagnosis.
The effect of autism on social skills is described with tips for dealing with family and personal relationships, parenting, living arrangements, and employment. Important topics include disclosure, available resources, and options for different therapeutic routes.
On reading this book, you will learn a lot more about the autism spectrum at Level 1, be able to separate the facts from the myths, and gain an appreciation of the strengths of autism, and how autism can affect many aspects of everyday life. Drawing from the author's lived experience, this book is an essential guide for all newly diagnosed adults on the autism spectrum, their families and friends, and all professionals new to working with adults with ASDs.
(above a link to Amazon) - some very good reviews...
I have loads of ebooks, I can email them out.
sounds like a plan!
Thanks. I've just bought a copy. I look forward to learning all the rules to being a successful autistic!
Evan, will you be kind enough to let me know if it was of any use? The written book reviews looked very promising - but most important than that is if it speaks to you and supports your needs.
Ebooks would be really helpful, is it possible to send them through the private messaging system on this site? I find it far easier to listen to audiobooks or if not available use a screen reader on an audiobook than to read from a physical book. Thanks
Thanks for all of the replies so far. I really like the title "A Field Guide to Earthlings"! But does that make us non earthlings? I am slightly surprised that resources do exist. :)