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Autistic people (and our brain-cousins) are overall better at making rationally consistent small choices without being pressured one way or the other by the informational context. Less integration of the overall 'look' of things, more clarity on detail. Local and global processing, I notice you.

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0956797617694867

I'd say I'm an alien, given what I'm good and bad at, except that logically-inconsistent allistic-centered societies are rapidly trying to get themselves booted off Earth--

Date: 3 Jul 2017 18:01 (UTC)
alexseanchai: Blue and purple lightning (Default)
From: [personal profile] alexseanchai
I am trying to hoard brain for work, but that reads like we're more immune to advertising than NTs?

Cool!

Date: 3 Jul 2017 18:36 (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cmcmck
I was reading an intriguing article the other day which found that autistic and trans people both have a tendency to dissociate- in my case not a surprise considering my hatred of the body as it was.

Unsurprisingly, hormonal treatment fixes the dissociation in trans people.

As you know, I also have a real thing for detail in both image and language.

Date: 4 Jul 2017 01:34 (UTC)
klgaffney: (Default)
From: [personal profile] klgaffney
Yeah, I keep running into problems due to my tendency to dissociate. Hunger signals, pain signals, it all gets tuned out. It makes sense as a way to deal with the potential of constant discomfort and/or sensory overload.

Date: 4 Jul 2017 01:40 (UTC)
klgaffney: a line of icelandic ponies in shades from grey (white) to flaxen chestnut. (spectrum.)
From: [personal profile] klgaffney
Huh, that's interesting. It does seem to validate quite a few of my experiences.

Re: Hmmmm...

Date: 4 Jul 2017 04:30 (UTC)
klgaffney: (Default)
From: [personal profile] klgaffney
*ponders* It's probably not as clean-cut or absolute as my words are going to imply, but hyperfocus for me is something I associate with my ADHD traits, that I have also used in the service of distraction from physical and/or emotional states. I also differentiate between the constant fluttery multi-directional firing off of thought and distraction that comes with ADHD and the varying levels of what I call dissociation. 'body, what body? Oh. huh. There it is over there. I believe it's having a feeling. I suppose I will have to attempt to identify this and then figure out why it's doing that and if I should do anything about it.'

I find that whether I'm either snapping out of that intensive hyperfocus fog, or I'm just going about my day in a scattered-as-hell fashion, I will still have to actually remember to check in and see if my body needs something. Or more annoying, I can't figure out why I can't do a thing, and I start getting frustrated and upset, then realize I haven't eaten or whatever all day long and it's now nearly dinnertime, and gee that sort of behavior isn't doing anything good for my functionality.

Distraction is W coming into the kitchen and saying something and me knocking a thing off the counter by accident, in part due to my attention being yoinked away, or a good song coming on while I'm in the middle of a conversation causing me to forget what I was saying and nevermind, can I just listen to his for a minute? Hyperfocus will let me ignore that I'm hungry or thirsty or I scratched myself pretty badly while working in the garden for several hours until I snap out of it or the task is done. Dissociation means that I don't notice that I've fucked myself up, pulled multiple muscles, bruises everywhere, etc, for weeks or months, or I distantly notice every now and then that stuff hurts, and then ignore it, thinking it's not that bad, until someone else points it out to me. And then I don't notice that it was really incredibly painful until after its fixed. The pain was there and it was affecting my emotional state and so on, but I have no recognition of it intellectually.

TL;DR - There is definitely a difference, and yeah, not simply being distracted, ime. Thank you for the chance to compare notes.
Edited Date: 4 Jul 2017 04:30 (UTC)

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