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[( managed to create universal link to my Amazon ebook (I used booklinker for that); here it is:
The ebook is free to download on every 10th day of the month (and possibly some other days too, if I feel like I want to give you a present), start and end date is midnight Pacific time, not your local time; that’s how Amazon does that. )]
The book contains a selection of (edited) posts from the blog with added comments on how I see things now.
At some point in my life I didn’t have permanent job for over a year and I had the luxury of reflecting on myself a lot while blogging. I didn’t even know at the time that this is a research method called autoethnography! I came to conclusion that autism researchers often get us wrong, and we possibly get ourselves wrong too. I do hope you’ll approach this book with an open mind.
What is in this book exactly:
- I discuss unmasking movement and explain why ‘being more autistic’ is not the answer and what to do instead
- how over-focusing on other people perspective can make us not react when in danger
- my thinking process: I believe I, at least partly, I think in procedures and how this can make me very upset very quickly
- how I make quick decisions based on ‘notifications’ or other people’s preferences, and some of them turn out to be wrong but it has nothing to do with lack of confidence or bad communication skills
- my take on social reciprocity and empathy
- the first time I realized sometimes it’s better not to explain my point of view and leave others to guess what my lack of response means
- how I understand the concept of luck and how my perception causes negativity
- why I believe any form of punishment shouldn’t be used on autistic children
- how an unusual coincidence made me realize other people have similar experiences to mine and therefore I started questioning if I’m really that different
- how I use archetypes to understand the world around me
- how I understood I have to stereotype people to improve my social imagination
- how I realized that I can do pretend play, it’s just that the way I do it is different to how non autistics play it
Oh, I’ll also ask the question if Boris Johnson is autistic. He probably isn’t but the things he sometimes says… To clarify, I didn’t mind him being prime minister, I mean, on a purely personal level as I’m resident of the UK while my nationality is Polish so I’d much rather prefer if there was no Brexit. But if not Boris, someone else would have to deliver it so no hard feelings here.