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Our Socially Awkward Marriage Stories From An Asperger S Relationship

Author : Tom Peters
ISBN : 0984223037
Genre : Humor
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Through a series of warm and uplifting stories, Tom and Linda Peters take you into the heart of their socially awkward marriage. Tom had long suspected that there was something wrong with him, but despite his best efforts, he could never figure out what it was. With the help of Linda, a writer and investigator who he would later marry, Tom went looking for answers that would explain his quirky way of seeing the world. At the age of 47, he was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. Raw and personal, this book of essays was first inspired by Tom's challenges with Asperger's Syndrome, but the humorous bite-sized stories apply to any kind of interpersonal communication. The simple solutions that Tom and Linda have discovered - while dressing up a phrenology head or removing a wild opossum from the master bath - have the surprising power to help us learn how to feel more respected, heard and understood in all of our relationships. Introduction Remember that weird kid in the back of the classroom who just couldn't stop talking about astronomy, and would bring up the discovery of Pluto during lessons about the American Civil War? That was me. My name is Tom Peters. I'm a composer and GRAMMY(R)-nominated classical musician now, and I've played music all over the world. I have a wife named Linda, a college-aged son from my first marriage, and eight different types of stringed instruments at home including six ukuleles. In 2011, at the tender age of 47, I was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. At that time, Asperger's Syndrome was considered a mild form of autism, characterized by an inability to understand how to interact socially. Those of us with Asperger's - or Aspies, as a term of endearment - tend to have few facial expressions and are apt to stare blankly at other people. It's nothing personal; we really can't help it. Aspies are often accused of being "in their own world" and preoccupied with their own thoughts. We are usually clumsy with uncoordinated movements, are socially awkward, have repetitive routines or rituals, and odd speech and language. Which didn't exactly make me a chick magnet. Regardless of an Aspie's age or place in life, relationships are often a challenge. Being unable to understand nonverbal communication or how you relate to the people around you can cause Aspies to blurt out inappropriate remarks and say just plain odd things, usually at exactly the wrong time. But it's not all bad news. The unusual focus and intensity that goes along with this disorder has helped me to hone my skills as a professional double bass player and later, as a composer of silent film scores. On a personal level, I am honest, dependable and straightforward. I love deeply and always try to do my best. I don't play mind games. I don't know how. And now, as a middle-aged adult, I'm in a happy, healthy relationship. My wife, Linda, is a writer who used to work with adults with mental, emotional and developmental disabilities. It was Linda's idea for me to share some anecdotes about what it felt like to be on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. She thought it might help someone to hear me articulate the feelings involved in some of the unique challenges I face. Around the same time, we also started writing articles together about how we were making communication work so well in our Asperger's relationship. This book is a collection of some of those articles and blog posts about our lives. Most of the stories are about being on the spectrum, or about living with someone who is on the spectrum. Almost all the stories take place in the context of our Asperger's relationship and subsequent marriage. We hope that you enjoy reading them!
Category: Humor

Rethinking Community Through Transdisciplinary Research

Author : Bettina Jansen
ISBN : 9783030310738
Genre : Social Science
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This book offers the first interdisciplinary survey of community research in the humanities and social sciences to consider such diverse disciplines as philosophy, religious studies, anthropology, sociology, disabilities studies, linguistics, communication studies, and film studies. Bringing together leading international experts, the collection of essays critically maps and explores the state of the art in community research, while also developing future perspectives for a cross-disciplinary rethinking of community. Pursuing such a critical, transdisciplinary approach to community, the book argues, can counteract reductive appropriations of the term ‘community’ and, instead, pave the way for a novel assessment of the concept’s complexity. Since community is, above all, a lived practice that shapes people’s everyday lives, the essays also suggest ways of redoing community; they discuss concrete examples of community practice, thereby bridging the gap between scholars and activists working in the field.
Category: Social Science

Way Of The Whale

Author : Linda Peters
ISBN : 0984223088
Genre : Whales
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Imagine feeling loved no matter what. This inspirational tale is filled with profound insights and powerful tips that will change your life forever. In the tradition of The Alchemist and Jonathan Livingston Seagull, this emotionally moving story is packed full of practical wisdom that will help you uncover your most heartfelt desires. What would it be like to feel peaceful during difficult times? What if you could learn to manifest creative solutions to your problems? What if you could see all the ways the Universe was conspiring to help you? By drawing on our fascination with the mysteries of the sea, Award Winning author Linda Peters weaves an inspirational tale of hope and healing for all captive creatures. Part self-help book and part psychological thriller, this story of personal transformation will speak to anyone who has ever felt trapped and alone, and needed some help to find a way out. Let Amazon Bestselling author Linda Peters tell you the story of a rogue killer whale who has just one night to pass down the lessons of his experience to a young orca. Will he be able to impart the wisdom of his ancestors before it's too late? Can he seize an unexpected chance for redemption? This powerful novel is a must-read for fans of David Michie's The Dalai Lama's Cat and Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven. If you're a fan of Hay House's spiritual self-help authors, you will love this new addition to the growing field of visionary and metaphysical fiction. Scroll up to the orange button and buy this book now to bring the secrets of Way of the Whale into your own personal journey.
Category: Whales

Contemplating Marriage

Author : Gloria Blanchfield Thomas
ISBN : 1556128177
Genre : Family & Relationships
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This anthology covers key areas of concern in any contemporary consideration of marriage. Chapters include: The Influence of Parents on Our Adult Choice; Our Expectations of Marriage; Church Tradition; Love, Intimacy, and Sexual Intimacy; The Meaning of Sacramental Marriage; and more.
Category: Family & Relationships

Marriage And Lasting Relationships With Asperger S Syndrome Autism Spectrum Disorder

Author : Eva A. Mendes
ISBN : 9780857009814
Genre : Psychology
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Proven counseling strategies that will help improve the relationships of married, long-term or co-habiting couples with Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder). ASD relationship expert Eva A. Mendes provides advice straight from the couples' counselling room that can be applied in day-to-day living and help with the challenges that can arise in relationships where one or both partners are on the autism spectrum. This includes issues surrounding diagnosis, mental health, sexual compatibility, sensory needs, executive functioning, theory of mind, communication, and co-parenting. She offers unique practical ideas for positive change such as creating a relationship schedule, making expression of appreciation and gratitude a part of every day, and finding mutually satisfying activities and special interests to engage in with your partner. The strategies in this book will be useful to couples themselves and any couples' counselors or therapists working with them.
Category: Psychology

Loneliness Human Nature And The Need For Social Connection

Author : John T. Cacioppo
ISBN : 039307031X
Genre : Science
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A pioneering neuroscientist reveals the reasons for loneliness and what to do about it. John T. Cacioppo’s groundbreaking research topples one of the pillars of modern medicine and psychology: the focus on the individual as the unit of inquiry. By employing brain scans, monitoring blood pressure, and analyzing immune function, he demonstrates the overpowering influence of social context—a factor so strong that it can alter DNA replication. He defines an unrecognized syndrome—chronic loneliness—brings it out of the shadow of its cousin depression, and shows how this subjective sense of social isolation uniquely disrupts our perceptions, behavior, and physiology, becoming a trap that not only reinforces isolation but can also lead to early death. He gives the lie to the Hobbesian view of human nature as a “war of all against all,” and he shows how social cooperation is, in fact, humanity’s defining characteristic. Most important, he shows how we can break the trap of isolation for our benefit both as individuals and as a society.
Category: Science

Human Sexuality

Author : Martin Farber
ISBN : UOM:39015009514962
Genre : Generative organs, Female
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Category: Generative organs, Female

Socially Awkward

Author : Angie Dunnigan
ISBN : 1533446466
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Whether you're a newbie or social media veteran, the Social Media Guide for Small Businesses will help you forge your own path to success. In 10 simple steps, social media marketing expert Angie Dunnigan walks you through every major decision, from choosing a platform to developing effective and engaging social posts. Socially Awkward provides small businesses with both the tools and confidence to gain exposure, increase sales, and make a meaningful footprint in the ever-changing social media landscape.
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Awkwardness An Essay

Author : Adam Kotsko
ISBN : 9781846946042
Genre : Social Science
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Argues that the awkwardness of our age is a key to understanding human experience.
Category: Social Science