The less shiny side of my Asperger’s

I nodded knowingly and giggled compassionately with this post!  It expresses in clear thought what I could previously only sense as a vague, wordless phenomenon.  Thank you so much for this ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ

Narcoleptic Aspie

The word shiny is being used, in this instance, in the Firefly sense, by the way.

I have some Aspie qualities I would not trade for anything, but others that can be quite disabling. Today I am feeling especially hampered by one of them, my arch-nemesis social anxiety in the form of a complete aversion to using the phone. Actually, I donโ€™t think itโ€™s just social anxiety; thereโ€™s a sensory sensitivity component as well, and also communication challenges because my already impaired ability to read faces and social cues is further hampered by a complete absence of visual context.

In case anyone missed it, there was a huge data breach at one of the three credit reporting agencies which probably affects almost everyone who has a credit history in the US. Very scary stuff, and I say this as someone whoโ€™s had identity theft twice in the past decade orโ€ฆ

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6 thoughts on “The less shiny side of my Asperger’s

  1. Nice to know we are not alone! I get terribly nervous about making phone calls and will put it off for as long as I can. Normally I write everything I need to say on a notepad before I ring and rehearse the conversation out loud several times!

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      1. Oh gosh, it’s not just me then. I remember as a kid being forced to make a phone call for something (I’d lost a towel at the swimming pool. How ridiculous huh?). I was so scared my mother had to write out every single word for me. Even then I could barely speak and the phone was shaking as I held it. I still remember that moment like it was yesterday. It was 30 years ago.
        I’m much better now then I was. But context, situation and necessity are everything, and sometimes I’ll go out of my way just to avoid it. Oh and actually ANSWERING the phone? Walk on. If I don’t recognise the number there’s no way in hell I’m answering!!

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