2 thoughts on “Autism: Why I Don’t Do Eye Contact

  • October 17, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    My extreme debilitating OCD “masked” my pronounced Asperger’s Syndrome–I spent 8-1/2 months from Thursday 14 February 1980 till Friday 31 October 1980 as a voluntary research inpatient at the US NIH Clinical Center federal research hospital. I managed to become a longtime science journalist and historian (against the odds), always struggling, and earned my May 2005 master’s degree (against the odds) in part with an 80,000 word thesis called “Televising The Space Age,” and am now striving (against the odds) toward my PhD, with my dissertation on the 1922-2019 history of radio and TV space coverage. From boyhood, I so fit the autistic spectrum/Asperger’s Syndrome classic profile it is positively uncanny. I am enormously proud of what Swedish teen environmental champion and vegan Greta Thunberg has done, despite the corporate media, both to highlight focused attention to the #1 world problem of the AGW/6th mass extinction climate emergency and her valiant struggle with her OCD/Asperger’s Syndrome/major depression/selective mutism. She is a most remarkable leader, worthy of her new spot-on Lakota Indian name, Maphiyata echiyatan hin win, which translates in English to “woman who came from the heavens.” Among my many, many, many, many classic AS traits, my poor dear Father often complained I would not look him in the eyes, and paused to carefully compose my responses to his questions. Several people over the years have told me based on my traits they thought I was an AS/Aspie. Now, thanks to the wonderful Ms. Thunberg, this fellow science-oriented environmentalist and vegan nonflier can openly embrace that identity, and as she does, try to emphasize the positive aspects of that “superpower.” Thank you so much for this AS Web site!!

    • October 17, 2019 at 11:56 pm

      Thank you so much for sharing this with me. You have made my day. Truly. I’m glad that you have found inspiration to lead you to self-acceptance and awareness. You should check out our site, theaspergian.com. It has a couple hundred of us writing. We have some great articles on struggling with OCD and being autistic/aspie, too.


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