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I Am Glad I Got Bullied And Here’s Why

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Note this is from a personal perspective 

I was speaking with two friends this evening and the subject of school-life came up it was an interesting exercise in subjectivity, objectivity and personal experiences shaping people’s lives but not defining them as we all move on.

My friend respectfully and realistically pointed out the fact that when students are at school (regardless of disability or otherwise) they are on their own unique journeys and difficulties can arise from all sorts of areas which have an impact of self-esteem, confidence and the ability to thrive on a functional level.

Enviroment vs. Social-Emotional Development

I was diagnosed late after my mainstream education had finished the best foundation for “social” I was given was through my tenure in education. It gave me the ability to cope with stressful situations, integrate and overall gave me the invaluable skills of living a “human life” rather than a “autistic life”. I was around people and my disability was not being flag waved to the point where I lost myself and was only defined by one single factor.

Is Bullying/Psychopathy Normal in Educational Settings?

I was surrounded by people who used interpretive speech. I still find this mode of speaking difficult and it is something I have aqquired a long the way in the context of school yes that was true. I cannot deny the verbal and at times physical abuse I encountered at school by other students on a daily basis as ‘normal‘ as their conscious psychothapy and narcissism was allowed run free regardless of the emotional damage that ensued.

Yes it is subjective and many of the students that bullied were emotionally insucure however being so doesn’t give you a free ticket to do it to others, however they did. I see this as a learning curve and lessons in life and I am thankful to learn from the shit and make sculptures out of it. 🙂

They may have changed which is great, found families, bared children etc I wish them well on their journeys.

Human Journeys

We (as people) are all on our journeys and bullying and victimisation was part of my experience however many others have been in the similar situations and I refuse to define my present situation by the past experiences. I am indifferent and objective about my past it happened and I am done with the “what could have beens” and “what ifs” I am thankful for my overall experience I would not have had it any other way.

I consider my reality no better or worse than any others, I don’t consider myself “special”, “better” and/or “superior” to anyone else. Affirmation has to be contextual and real not dished out like candy with hollow self-praise. There are too many people in the western world who just want their cake and to eat it all if only it was to shared out a bit more so other people’s realities could be shared and equally acknowledged with the sub-test of mine is better/worse than yours.

Tides of Glory 

I strayed and came about

Eager to scream and longing to shout

I have travelled a life which has been painted

I refuse to see my deepest memories as tainted

Come up and down and my thoughts fleeting around

I pick my body and ground my mind with the comfort of sound

A cloud full memories embraced and feetful of walking to be chased

A human being am I no better nor worse living a madless time at even pace

Paul Isaacs 2017

 

 

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Somebody Somewhere By Donna Williams – Finding Yourself To Help Others

OVERVIEW

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Copyright Donna Williams

Donna Williams’ Second book in her autobiographical saga “Somebody Somewhere”  is yet another inspiring read about the a person finding out about themselves and using this knowledge to empower and give to others.

BUILDING BRIDGES

As the title suggests it is the self realisation of validity, equality, beingness and in turn giving others the empowerment and help to find themselves in their own unique journey.

A highly reflective and inspiring read. 🙂

 

Paul Isaacs Adult with Autism 2014

SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE BOOK

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My Autie Books 3 – A Pocket Size Practical Guide

A Pocket Size Practical Guide for Parents, Professionals and People on The Autistic Spectrum

A Pocket Size Practical Guide for Parents, Professionals and People on The Autistic Spectrum

OVERVIEW

“A Pocket Size Practical Guide for Parents, Professionals and People on The Autistic Spectrum”

Foreword By Prof. Tony Attwood

Book Description

Paul Isaacs was diagnosed with Autism in 2010 and later diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome in 2012. He has worked for Autism Oxford since 2010 presenting speeches and training sessions all around the UK. He has released his autobiography through Chipmunka entitled “Living Through The Haze” & memoirs of visual fragmentation entitled “Life Through A Kaleidoscope”. This book is written in an easy to read format for parents, professionals and people on the autistic spectrum and offers help with everyday social situations, tips and strategies for education, employment, self-care skills and more it has been written from the author’s perspective and the help is from his autistic parents and through trial and error to help others on the autism spectrum to thrive and be happy.

 

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Paul Isaacs 2014