Autism and Our Anti-Hierarchical World

An Intense World

One of the main features of autism is the lack of a foreground/periphery differentiation. This is particularly noticeable in hearing, since we can become overwhelmed by background noises which we cannot filter out in order to focus on the foreground. For most people it is an automatic, natural thing to filter out the background and focus on what you want to hear—typically whoever is talking to you. However, people with autism get everything at once.

However, this is also true with vision. We are easily distracted by things in our peripheral vision, causing us to look around, glance at everything. This is easily taken as attention deficit, but what it is in fact is attention to too many things at once. At its worst, it can be overwhelming. And it’s at least annoying to anyone you’re speaking to, who is expecting you to look at them the entire time.


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Cigar Topic: Gluten-Free Pairing Options and JNV Habano Box Press Review

The Inked Autist

So a gluten-sensitive friend of mine made a comment along the lines of “you always make drink recommendations with your cigars, do you have an gluten free recommendations?”

Actually yes I do. I myself tolerate gluten just fine (obvious as I drink copious amounts of beer and whiskeys of different kinds) but I know several people are in fact intolerant to gluten so I think it’s only fair I list some gluten-free options to enjoy with your cigars.

Of course, coffee goes without saying. For me, I love a nice breakfast blend/light roast coffee in the morning to go along with a mild/medium bodied cigar to get me into the day and awaken my palate. If I get the opportunity to have a lunch break cigar I’ll go with a darker roast coffee and something more toward the medium side of the spectrum without being too much. A nice espresso…

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Thinking about patterns of opposite extremes among autistic people | Autistic Hoya

About a year and a half ago, I posted this list of characteristics that seem to be much more common in autistic people (especially the more of them a person has) than in non-autistic people. But both while writing that list, and over many years of thinking, being with other autistic people, and learning about many of …

Great Rock/Metal Albums of 1984: Slade- Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply

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Throughout the later half of the 1970s, Slade had been trying to break into the American music market but with little success. Back then, I heard the name but nothing more. However, in 1983, Quiet Riot covered their 1973 hit “Cum On Feel the Noise.” Once Americans realized that the song had been originally written and recorded by Slade, a curiosity about the band arose and people began to check them out. Honest, it was on my to do list but I didn’t get around to it. That was until radio played the single, “My Oh My” from the 1984 “Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply” and then MTV played the video for “Run Run Away” quite a lot. Therefore, I had no other choice than to investigate Slade. It would be this album first. That led me to listen to them more and is why I site them…

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But I’m an Adult! ADHD Myths, Stereotypes, and Truths

So Much Stranger, So Much Darker, So Much Madder, So Much Better

Hello! Today we’re going to be looking at some of the myths and stereotypes that surround ADHD and the truths that lay beyond in this installment of Adulting With ADHD. In our last installment, we went over the basics of ADHD in ADHD 101.

A lot of people think they know ADHD, but what most people know about ADHD isn’t entirely factual, if not completely wrong. So let’s explore some of these myths and stereotypes.

ADHD only affects kids

Nope! While ADHD is often thought of as a childhood disorder, for many, the condition has lifelong effects. Over 70% of children with ADHD are still affected in adolescence while about 50% are still affected in adulthood. [Source]

Further, many people make it to adulthood without learning they are ADHD. This can cause a wide variety of difficulties and ill effects upon a person’s life.

ADHD only…

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Bully off! #autism

The other side

IMG_8484I’ve recently been a target of an attempt at bullying. I didn’t think this could happen to me, so I’m writing because I want to help others feel safer and stronger. I found my experience shocking as it is many, many years since I felt such visceral fear, though with the right support I saw it for what it was – a vindictive sham. Momentarily,  it had taken me back to when I was 11 years old and cornered in an underpass outside my school, outnumbered by a gang of girls primed to beat me up. I feel the most constructive way to deal with this is to speak out and share my thoughts on effective autistic self protection. 

I’ve known social disdain of a subtle kind all my life, from those who think themselves more socially sophisticated and who remain aloof. I stopped caring a very longtime ago, and sought more genuine interactions.

I’ve also known open hostility – yes of…

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