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Autism “Specialism”, Personality Profiles, Reverse Bigotry & Being Human

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Many times people often focus on the person’s autism as all of “them” this means that the “autism” is the reason for all of their behaviours, reactions, actions and motivations. If you are on the autism spectrum you may well be aware of autism “stereotypes” such as an overtly logical, literal processor and extractor of information. If this is true in some cases it is far from the bigger picture and is far from the broader palette that is actually out there.

Let’s look at three examples of differing personality types

For the person with a Idiosyncratic personality type not fitting in a running along their own path maybe something that has brought them joy and/or isolation by “dancing to their own beat”, being naturally non-conformist, inventive and intuitive.

The Idiosyncratic Personality Type believe that your interests lie in (Oldham, pg. 252):

  • not being like anyone else
  • marching to your own beat
  • being unconventional
  • being original
  • standing out from the crowd

For the person with a Conscientious personality type they may be fixed on being productive, useful and striving for success the fear of failure and self loathing could hinder their development for continued perfectionism, however being pragmatic and ordered in nature along with highly motivational work ethic has its benefits.

The interests of the Conscientious Character Style include (Oldham, pg. 62):

  • having strong moral principles and being certain
  • not resting until the job is done and done right
  • being loyal to families, causes, and superiors
  • working hard to do well
  • achieving and accomplishing things
  • loving to work and be challenged

 

For the person with a Solitary personality type being focused on being alone, in a “inner world” and not be swayed by praise, acknowledgment or criticism this may come with a lack of social and emotional development however their comfortable observations of the world offer patience, tranquillity and healthily reserve.

The interests of the Solitary Personality Type include (Oldham, pg. 275):

  • not needing anyone but yourself
  • being unmoved by the crowd
  • being free of the need to impress and please
  • being free of emotions and involvements with others
  • having clarity of vision rather than sentiment and intimacy
  • discovering and recording the facts of existence

The Problem With “Specialism”

Nobody is better than anyone else and that accounts for people on the spectrum too. I strive for balance, objectivity, kindness, empathy and equality. If someone is going to be militant with the focus being that people off the autism spectrum are collectively “wrong” then reverse bigotry is still bigotry and doesn’t into the framework of empowerment it creates more divisions, voices, lost, realties not acknowledged that in not progress but quite the opposite.

Personality types and the richness of them are for all people to share I have noted that mine are idiosyncratic, serious, mercurial and self-sacrificing by narrowing your bandwidth and not acknowledging that personality types have much to about development as the neurological and biological challenges means you are missing the fundamental part of “humanness.”

Promoting equality in difference and diversity, is what I believe in and I’ll strive for the opportunity to do that, wherever I find it.

Any derogatory or dismissive stance relating to non-autistic people as a group is no less a form of prejudice as any in history.

Polly Samuel

Autism, Personhood, Personality Types and Identity

Theses aspects of a person/human being  are different for all but at the same time very real so if someone’s “autism” is just seen as “collective autism” in other words all the “traits” are “autistic” then that reductive way of perceiving will mean that the personhood and associated traits may well be ignored. This will have an impact of self-identity, self-worth and could potentially push these personality types into “disordered extremes” impacting on functioning further.

Looking at the full package of autism that does include personality types and disordered extremes and the inter-relation that have on the person’s perceptions, mental health, identity and reactions to environment.

Paul Isaacs 2017

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To Be Human, To Be Equal & The Problem With Human Narcissism

A Person Who Feels They’re Better And Above Others – What Sort Of A Journey Is That? 

Compensatory Narcissistic Personality Disorder

I have met people like this who fit this personality type, what worries me is how anyone could treat someone like an object, a thing, a means to an end, selfish beyond words, seeking superiority, dominance and control over others and overall delusions of “fame” and/or “aboveness”.

To Be Human, to Be Equal

To understand that to be wrong is good, to accept mistakes is part of being human, to connect with people means not to judge, to share with others and listen to PEOPLE as PEOPLE with souls and personhoods who have their own reality, feelings, thoughts and emotions and LIFE which is equal to everyone elses and to believe that no one is “above” or “better” we are all equal in our humanness.  🙂

Paul Isaacs Adult with Autism 2014


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“Prepare The Palace For My Return” – Why I’m No Better Than Anyone Else

Lord Zedd on his "Ivory Throne"

Lord Zedd on his “Ivory Throne”

OVERVIEW

Being arrogant, self-conceited and thinking you’re “above” the general population either because you think your brain/way of thinking , heritage, financial or any other aspect of you life is better is wrong, not seeing  beyond the veneer you have constructed for yourself.  You always think you’re right and “they” are always wrong – sitting proudly in your ivory tower and in your ivory chair. Much like Lord Zedd from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers  a caricature of someone sitting on his throne of arrogance he fits these three criteria.

LORD ZEDD TAKES OVER VIDEO

EVERYBODY IS EQUAL – MY “AUTISM” DOESN’T MAKE ME “BETTER”

I’m person I do not see that my “Autism” as above anybody elses way of thinking, way of being – What right do I have as a person to say that? What right do I have to say that other people’s thinking/”brain-wiring”  is wrong? None!  I have no right to say that nor do I believe that anybody else should either. Everybody should be equal.

AUTISM IDENTITY – I’M NEUTRAL

I’m not “proud” of my Autism nor am I “ashamed” – I’m neutral and I feel that enables me to think laterally. I worry that people who become “proud” of their Autism begin to somehow think they’re better which is wrong everybody has unique qualities to offer the world from different cultures and backgrounds.

PERSONHOOD FIRST & AUTISM

I’m Paul with Autism and my personhood will always come first I’m no better or no worse than anybody else I like people on the basis of personality not on the basis of “brain-wiring”, everybody has unique personhoods.

“Prepare The Palace For My Return!” – Lord Zedd barks no thanks chances are people like him created it long ago and will continue to be around folks  like themselves .

Paul Isaacs 2014