Aspergers and Culture part 1 of 2

Uploaded by anubis2814 on 16.05.2012

I’ve been asked before what it’s like to live with asperger’s.   The best I
way to get the experience is to go to a foreign country.   Better yet if you can mimic their
accents or slang.   You still won’t get their social nuances and body language.   Especially
since your brain starts from birth learning nuance from the people around you.   You
can learn from books or if someone breaks it down for you but no matter how long you
live, depending on how early in life you move, you still wont 100% catch the nuance.   No
matter what country we go to, we always stand out as foreigners, except in our own country
we still act like a foreigner.    Humanity is for the most part social.  That
is what makes us what we are today.  It is how we work together to make this world so
amazing.   95% of us are altruistic by nature unless we have a competing belief or philosophy.
 The 5% are called sociopaths and psychopaths.  We are wired to read each other’s expressions,
emotions and social nuance and pass on information as well as to influence each other emotionally.
What autism and asperger’s is exactly is growing and changing as we better understand
the behavior and neurology of the condition.   Much of it seems to be caused by a sensory
overload, as the brain has too much information coming in that other less important senses
drop off in use.   It has been said that autistic and asperger’s have no empathy
because they have abnormal mirror neurons, which when I heard that I was insulted, because
my empathy for people in pain and emotionally hurt used to be too high to the point of crippling.
  Perhaps there are types of empathy.  Physical empathy makes you feel pain when others feel
it, emotional empathy makes you feel emotional pain others feel, and then social empathy
which lets you feel more nuanced emotions like situational discomfort, or subtle hints
like boredom.    Asperger’s has now been placed on the autism
spectrum, mostly because it's less stigmatized than other behavioral disorders that other
kids might have which has shown many kids especially with more money to be misdiagnosed.
  Asperger’s seems to range from having no social empathy to limited emotional empathy
depending on the severity.  Early childhood training and therapy can help reduce that,
and increase their detection ability.   Autistic’s seem to range from limited to no emotional
empathy to no empathy at all.   Counter that with sociopaths without great social
empathy, but zero physical and emotional empathy depending on the severity, making them great
at manipulating people.   Sociopaths lack emotional and psychical empathy and mirror
neurons for reasons genetic or environmental, as well as because of abuse where that part
of their brain was not encouraged to grow and was actively discouraged so it remained
undeveloped. A recent study showed that mice who have no
social drive, indicated by grooming can be given a drug that that can increase their
levels of grooming.  These mice are not autistic but it does indicate that there may be some
mechanism in the brain does drive the need and desire for social interaction.   It
may also prove to find drugs capable of helping children with severe autism cope better.    Slow
verbal development in autistic children may be driven by the lack of desire for social
connection.   Most people need and desire social interaction.
  Social interaction is very important for psychological stability.   Autistic and
certainly asperger’s need social interaction, but they have no or less natural desire for
social interaction so learning isn’t as important as it is for the average person.
  It is much like one’s body starving without any feelings of hunger.   The being
social requires constant maintenance and practice and while yeah being around people or say
eating can taste good, the enormous effort required to be social just doesn’t feel
worth it.   Without that drive they can be psychologically in solitary confinement
and not be able to figure out why.they are experiencing psychological problems and social
isolation.   There may also be other reasons for lack of social empathy, and I’m sure
over the next few year an even clearer picture will emerge.
Clumseyness is a very common trait among people with asperger’s.  Part of this may be caused
by lack of knowing where to focus your attention and part of it may also be caused by the lack
of social need, as the average person when they do something clumsy will feel embarrassed
by the group and will make fixing perceived awkwardness and clumsiness a top priority,
even if it involves suppressing or reducing other urges or mental strength.   To someone
on the autistic spectrum it may be a little embarrassing, but not nearly enough to warrant
prioritizing it as a skill to learn.   Being oversensitive or undersensative to sensations
are also reasons for weird awkward behavior as well.   We may be unable to sense our
bodies in space causing accidents.   This also may explain why asperger’s apear to
lack apathy because they unintentionally non-verbally respond in anti-social ways
Lacking social empathy can have negative issues in terms relationships and careers, but it
can be majorly advantageous in taking ideas in a new direction because they aren’t tied
down by group or culture  “Common knowledge or “common sense”.    The majority
of people accept things told to them by people they trust as just common knowledge.   They
parrot what others in their community say and like a game of telephone they pass on
false ideas as certain fact.   The more closed the community or culture is, the more
believe obscure and false “common sense”. The person who told them is honest so they
wouldn’t lie.   Questioning someone's facts emotionally often feels like the same
thing as insulting their integrity and honesty.   That person could have just as easily
heard it from someone they trust, and being trustworthy doesn’t necessarily make you
good at spotting a lie or spotting a genuine factual error.   Like the common knowledge
belief that we only use 10% of our brains that has persisted across society for nearly
100 years and is only now slowly being destroyed with digital information.  
Having asperger’s does not prevent you from having inaccurate “Common knowledge” but
what it does do is make it easier to unlearn the flawed knowledge as there is less social
and emotional ties or consequences from rejecting it.   Unlearning can be one of the most
difficult things for a person to do, especially if their ego of being right is on the line
or if they stand to lose social standing and feel social hunger for going against common
knowledge.. As for "Common sense"  Einstein said it best.
 "Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."  If you go to
another country what you consider common sense or knowledge can often go counter to what
they think is just common sense.  The only way we can find real truth is to ignore that
and just look at the data and be aware of our own natural biases.