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On Empathy

“Feeling too much is a hell of a lot better than feeling nothing.” Nora Roberts “I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.” Roger Ebert. At this moment in time my son is watching two wasps. Both of these wasps have been sprayed with quite a lot of insect killer. One of theContinue reading “On Empathy”

Forgetting and Autism

“Memories are like stones, time and distance erode them like acid” Ugo Betti “Like memory it has disappeared, naked and lonely with my fears” Manic Street Preachers My mother has dementia. She will forget where she is and why she is there. She will forget who she has spoken to and what the conversation wasContinue reading “Forgetting and Autism”

These New Rules

Some people will say that a sign of autism is that the person does not recognise the unwritten rules of society which makes it hard for the person to know exactly what to do in any given situation. This can lead them to saying or doing the wrong thing. For example, the person is invitedContinue reading “These New Rules”

The World of Work

One of the diagnostic questions I have been asked in the past relates to work and my attitude to the world of work. The question specifically looked at whether or not I made mistakes when bored or whether I would, or could, remain focused on the task. This, I think, is asking about a person’sContinue reading “The World of Work”

Lacking Passions

Passions One aspects of my life that causes some consternation is, I think, a relatively simple one. I do not seem to have any consuming passions. They are things I like, and things that I am interested in but almost all, family aside, I could probably survive without. One of the features, or symptoms ofContinue reading “Lacking Passions”


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