people liking personality feelings emotions

How an Autism Diagnosis at 65 Shook My Sense of Self

Reading now: 307

When one year ago at age 65 I was diagnosed with autism, I thought I knew what I was getting into. Finally perhaps I could understand why I felt like an alien in this world, and perhaps finally I could silence the words of self-loathing.

If my difficulties were not because of bad character and weak will, but was instead autism at their root, hopefully I could be more charitable with myself.

Yet as I opened more to my autism, I began to realize that I am not who I believed myself to be. This self-mythology, these long held beliefs, were being shaken apart.

The website is an aggregator of articles from open sources. The source is indicated at the beginning and at the end of the announcement. You can send a complaint on the article if you find it unreliable.

Related articles
9 Strategies to Stop Chasing Happiness and Start Creating Happiness
“I want to be happy.”Ask someone what they want, and that’s the answer ninety-nine times out of one hundred. It was one of my answers, along with freedom. It’s a solid-sounding response that’s hard to argue with; who doesn’t want to be happy?Only one problem, it’s not a solid answer; it’s vague and empty.We must understand that happiness comes in different flavors to answer the question meaningfully. Understanding how to create harmony between the two forms of happiness below is critical to living a rich and meaningful life. The two flavors of happiness we need to understand are:Hedonic Happiness & Eudaimonic Happiness.Hedonic happiness is achieved through experiences of pleasure and enjoyment.  It refers to the sort of pleasure or happiness that we derive from doing what we like or avoiding doing what we don’t like. Two common examples of hedonic pleasure are sex and food.Eudaimonic happiness is achieved through experiences of meaning and purpose. Examples are:Both are wickedly important to the quality of our lives. However, most of us tend to lean too heavily on hedonic happiness.Why?Because it’s easier and what we’ve been conditioned to do.  When we lean too heavily on hedonic happiness, we consistently seek out the next hit and the subsequent rush; our overall well-being is abdicated to externals.Hedonic happiness is short-lived, and when that’s the only form of happiness we pursue, we become chasers. We chase money, status, and dopamine highs from social media, porn, or binging on shows. There’s nothing inherently wrong with any of these activities.There is, however, something wrong with them if we feel like our lives lack meaning and purpose. Because when we feel as though our lives lack meaning and purpose, we