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THis episode may be one more that goes all over the map... In general however, I made it with a focus in mind on the "feedback" that I've gotten over 30 years of my adult lifetime via my interactions with others, both socially and at work.  I  think I got carried away a bit with differing topics here, one of which is due to the fact that I'm still facing some strong emotions from recalling the very gut wrenching feelings of jealousy that came through loud and clear from Elliot Roger's videos and manifesto.  (Please note: I am not whatsoever homicidal as Elliot Roger ended up being, nor do I expect I ever would be.)

As I mention in this episode midway through - if you are under 50, please proceed with caution.  There are some vulgarities that I've included, in the form of musical snippets inserted into the podcast.  These snippets are highly relevant to at least one major element of feedback that I received from a long time, casual friend who I woudl see nearly every day at a local pub in DC.  The vulgarity in the music is representative of the type of stuff I have always found entertaining and funny and unique, but which others have most likely judged me on and eventually made a point of not associating with me anywhere near as much as they originally did, if at all.

Some additional random tidbits are below:

-- A great video out of Houston TX, of a June 2014 llecture by a woman with Aspergers called "Life as an Adult with Asperger's Syndrome".  Here's the link: 

http://bit.ly/lifeAsAnAdultWithAspergers

-- a new book just came out in August 2014 that discusses Aspergers and adulthood:

Getting a Life with Asperger's: Lessons Learned on the Bumpy Road to Adulthood

Here's a link to the book: http://bit.ly/aspergersAndAdulthood

-- You can view some video items that have really made an impression on me here:  http://bit.ly/aspieMedia

As always, feel free to send comments and any experiences you'd like to relate to me at: aspiecast@gmail.com

Thanks!

Steven Michael

 

 

Direct download: AspieCastEpisode7.mp3
Category:asperger syndrome -- posted at: 11:53pm EDT
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In this episode of the Aspiecast, I play some quotes from the documentary 'The Four Horsemen', available on youtube at http://bit.ly/1nXremx  and discuss the recent rampage in Isla Vista, California caused by Elliot Rodger, who had been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome.   His videos can be seen at http://bit.ly/V41bAL  and his long description of his life can be seen on scribd at http://bit.ly/1nXrcek .   I would be very interested to know if others have experienced the jealousy of other people's sexual opportunities that Rodger conveys, as well as whether the horrific outcome may have been related to a combination of hormones combined with an inability to make social connections with others.  As always, comments are welcome at aspiecast@gmail.com .

 

Direct download: AspieCastEpisode6.mp3
Category:asperger syndrome -- posted at: 6:38pm EDT
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In episode 5 of the AspieCast, I mention what I believe to be an Aspie trait that has positive ramifications, namely the ability to sense connections between intangible concepts.  I always thought everyone could see the same connections that I could see, but over time I have come to believe that the average NT person may not have the same thought flow that enables this.

I mention a made up example of a pair of intangible concepts that an Aspie might be good at finding a connection between, and also some examples of the connections that I have been able to see and implement in my career.

I also mention that this advantage - the ability to make connections between concepts that others may not sense - is confidence building and career enhancing, but at the same time can result in overconfidence which, when coupled with aspie style interactions, can add negativity to interactions with others.

I have come to love the TV show "Monk" because although the main character, Adrian Monk, is not given a description as an Aspie in the show, his interactions with his friends and colleagues is highly Aspie-like.  The show's main premise is centered on Monk's ability to make connections that others can't see, and thereby solve complex crimes as a detective working in San Francisco.  

There are more aspects of the show Monk that I'll be touching on in future podcast episodes, primarily because I believe the show to be very uplifting and affirming of life with an affliction such as Asperger Syndrome.  If you haven't yet watched an episode, look it up on the internet or visit a link I just created to Amazon: 

videos.aspiecast.com

As always, please feel free to email me at aspiecast@gmail.com with your comments, suggestions, and most especially any life experiences you would like to share.

Thanks!

Steven Michael

Direct download: aspiecast_episode5.mp3
Category:asperger syndrome -- posted at: 4:21pm EDT
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Perseveration is perhaps one of the biggest downsides to Aspergers. It can affect the ability to thrive in life, both by alienating friends and by putting brakes on certain workplace interactions that play a role in career progress.  Unfortunately, on the Aspie's side of an interacton it can be hard to detect perseveration is occurring, and the result can be an unforseen burst of anger from the other party in a conversation. As a result social interaction can become even more worriesome and energy-draining going forward, because of the need to steel oneself for the potential of unexpected negativity or anger on the other side without an easily understandable cause.

 

Direct download: aspiecastEp4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:01am EDT
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In this episode of the AspieCast, I mention how I subconsciously ended up relying on my ability to come up with sarcastic statements as a means to avoid the intense helplessness I felt whenever I didn't know what to say or how to react in certain situations that involved other people.  Anytime that I couldn't find a reason to escape the situation physically, sarcasm was the only thing that seemed easy to do whenever I felt that I was supposed to engage.

 

If you are also an Aspie and have similar experiences or other methods you used to get around the feeling of not knowing what the right way to engage in a conversation is, please do send your feedback to aspiecast@gmail.com.  Also, even if you aren't an aspie but someone you know or care about has asperger syndrome, please don't hesitate to chime in as well.

Thanks!

 

Direct download: aspiecastEp3.mp3
Category:asperger syndrome -- posted at: 9:02am EDT
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In this episode, I mention a longstanding pattern that was both subtle and mentally devastating.  The pattern seemed to be that whenever I made a new friend, they would eventually - either after a couple days, weeks, months, or in some cases years - be turned off by me and not want to be around me, and in some cases not hiding behavior that conveyed strongly how they felt a need to ignore me.

The end result: I ended up over the long term having a pattern of avoiding interactions with people I considered successful or well connected, and being friends only with people who others would consider losers, and who weren't really the types who could be a part of connecting you to the world in ways that I saw other folks do, namely the ones I wanted to be friends with.

Take a listen - this show isn't too long - and then let me know by email if you have had any sort of similar situations when trying to make friends. and if so, did you find it to be a pattern and how did you deal with the loss of friends?  If you are not an Aspie, let me know if you have felt compelled to start avoiding or ignoring someone who wanted to be your friend and what made you reach that point.

Thanks for checking out the Aspiecast!

-Steven 

Direct download: aspiecastEp2.mp3
Category:asperger syndrome -- posted at: 12:30am EDT
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