'The Rosie Project' author: Folks with autism 'have become a really powerful minority group'

Ahead of Graeme Simsion's Salt Lake City visit, the author discusses autism and how The King's English is his 'favorite bookstore in the whole world'

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  • Mossflower Bountiful, UT
    June 3, 2019 1:26 p.m.

    Mainly Me, I would put myself and each of my family members on the higher functioning end of the autistic spectrum, and for the most part, we don't work too hard at fitting in. In her book Dare to Lead, Brene Brown quotes Jungian analyst Jim Hollis:

    "We are not here to fit in, be well balanced or provide exempla for others. We are here to be eccentric, different, perhaps strange, perhaps merely to add our small piece, our little clunky, chunky selves, to the great mosaic of being. As the gods intended, we are here to become more and more ourselves."

    In another book, Braving the Wilderness, Brene distinguishes between fitting in and true belonging, which are worlds apart. She teaches us how, in becoming our authentic selves and contributing what only we can, we can achieve the human connection that we crave and are hardwired for.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    June 2, 2019 4:25 p.m.

    "determine if he can help his son learn to fit in"

    Sorry, but those of us with autism never fit in. We are tolerated and occasionally people accept us as long as we aren't too obnoxious (in other words we don't open our mouths), but we never fit in. Our thinking is simply too different; the lack of empathy and our inability to read body language and facial expression makes for ongoing faux pas. No matter how hard I try to not make mistakes, I inevitably say or do something to offend and then I'm left wondering: What did I do? This is one big reason why I avoid anything even remotely social. Rejection is a way of life and isolation is preferable to rejection.