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Personhood First Autism – Why is it Important? Why Are They Separate? And Why They Co-Exist?

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Paul with CamelOVERVIEW

Note – This is my personhood and Autism Profile from a personal perspective  

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome are developmental disorders which affect people in different way to the point I cannot generalise at all but for an example I shall give you my Personhood and my Autism “Fruit Salad” – Using Donna Williams’ Fruit Analogy (1995/2005)

I was diagnosed with Autism in 2010 & Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome & Visual Agnosias, Learning Difficulties in 2012.

My personhood is what comes first below you will see my developmental trajectory which is separate but co-exists with my personality (in the mental health section you see two PDs Schizotypal and Borderline, now Schizotypal is the extreme/disordered
These became extreme because of years of bullying, victimisation – Schizotypal is the extreme/disorder  of the idiosyncratic personality and Borderline is the extreme/disordered version of the emotionally sensitive personality. You can have these traits WITH OR WITHOUT Autism (Developmental Disorder).
Fruit Salad Analogy Copyright D.Williams

Fruit Salad Analogy Copyright D.Williams

Idiosyncratic Personality Type

  1. Inner life. Idiosyncratic individuals are tuned in to and sustained by their own feelings and belief systems, whether or not others accept or understand their particular worldview or approach to life.
  2. Own world. They are self-directed and independent, requiring few close relationships.
  3. Own thing. Oblivious to convention, Idiosyncratic individuals create interesting, unusual, often eccentric lifestyles.
  4. Expanded reality. Open to anything, they are interested in the occult, the extrasensory, and the supernatural.
  5. Metaphysics. They are drawn to abstract and speculative thinking.
  6. Outward view. Though they are inner-directed and follow their own hearts and minds, Idiosyncratic men and women are keen observers of others, particularly sensitive to how other people react to them.

Source: Oldham, John M., and Lois B. Morris. The New Personality Self-Portrait: Why You Think, Work, Love, and Act the Way You Do. Rev. ed. New York: Bantam, 1995.

Sensitive Personality Type

  1. Familiarity. Individuals with the Sensitive personality style prefer the known to the unknown. They are comfortable with, even inspired by, habit, repetition, and routine.
  2. Concern. Sensitive individuals care deeply about what other people think of them.
  3. Circumspection. They behave with deliberate discretion in their dealings with others. They do not make hasty judgments or jump in before they know what is appropriate.
  4. Polite reserve. Socially they take care to maintain a courteous, self-restrained demeanor.
  5. Role. They function best in scripted settings, vocationally and socially: when they know precisely what is expected of them, how they are supposed to relate to others, and what they are expected to say.
  6. Privacy. Sensitive men and women are not quick to share their innermost thoughts and feelings with others, even those they know well.

Source: Oldham, John M., and Lois B. Morris. The New Personality Self-Portrait: Why You Think, Work, Love, and Act the Way You Do. Rev. ed. New York: Bantam, 1995.

I want to be know as “Paul” that is before my Autism and Processing –

  • Helping others
  • Giving to others
  • I like to think about others and give/help when I can
  • Conscious/sensitive of other peoples  thoughts and feelings
  • Making people laugh and feel happy
  • Think outside of things and convention/looking at the other side of things
  • Fun, Silliness, Having a Laugh 🙂

I like to offer this knowledge to you the folks reading this blog, do you want to be seen as a set of “traits and symptoms” or do you want to be seen for your personhood. 🙂 I like folks on the spectrum such as Donna WilliamsSydney Edmond Carly Fleischmann not defining themselves by their Autism. 🙂


Mana Sama 2He fits the idiosyncratic personality type he isn’t conforming he has chosen his own path in terms of his style, dress, the way he speaks (he is more or less mute in televised interviews whispering into a band members ear/ yes/no card etc. 🙂

Mana Sama 3



Expressive Agnosias

Receptive/Expressive Language & Movement Issues (Speech & Communication)


Visual Agnosias

Auditory Agnosias/Aphasia

Body Disconnection

Dissociative Disorders (Updated 2014)

Mental Health

Learning Difficulties


  • Bruxism – Teeth Gnashing
  • Genetics – Developmental Agnosias

Cluster Syndromes

  • Gertsmann Syndrome – Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Finger Agnosia, Left-Right Disorientation & Aphasia.
  • Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome/ Light Sensitivity/Sensory Integration Disorder   – Light Sensitive Depth Perception, Headaches, Fatigue – Associated with Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia, Visual Fragmentation.
  • Premie Syndrome  – JaundiceCerebral Hypoxia (lack of oxygen to brain)Silent StokeBrain Injury (Left Hemisphere) Auditory Agnosias, Aphasia, Visual Agnosias, Pain Agnosia, Colour Agnosia, Echolalia, Echopraxia, Echomimia, Speech &  Language Delay and other issues such as Oral Apraxia & Visuospatial Dysgnosia & Form Agnosia)
  • Multiple Complex Developmental Disorder (MCDD) – Depression, Anxiety, Dissociative Issues, Sleep Disorder, Synaesthesia, Tic Disorder.
  • Genetics – Developmental Agnosias – Alexithymia, Social Emotional Agnosia, Dyslexia, Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome.


I have Autism yes but I also have a personhood which I feel is what is needed to be understood just as much, and I’m saying this so others can see the their sons, daughters, partners, friends and/or family members personhood on the spectrum. 🙂 We all want to share our personality with others and people with Autism do have a personality. 🙂

Paul Isaacs 2014


Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness – conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul’s message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at

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