Autistic Acceptance Month – Special Interests

A dragon in the shape of an infinity symbol that is rainbow coloured like the neurodiversity symbol

The artist for the above image is @Kayas_Kosmos!

Well… uhh… Mine are extremely varied…

I once read a tweet that I can’t find now that went something like:
ADHD: Interested in all the things!
Autism: I’m very deeply interested in one or two things
ADHD + Autism: I roll 2d6 to see which shiny thing I’m going to be very deeply interested in today

I’ll try and categorize them…

Subject Areas

Mental Health Related

  • Autism/ADHD – And specifically with a focus on ADHD & Autism Co-Occurring.
  • The taxonomy of mental health diagnoses – I want to figure out what actually exists in mental health, currently I disagree with many diagnoses but I do not feel comfortable sharing until I’ve read everything.
  • Pharmacology of Mental Health – The science behind pharmaceutical drug treatment of mental health
  • Indigenous “lived experience” approaches to Mental Health – not white people’s books about the same subject.
  • Taking down bad science w/ an intersectional lens – Hi Simon Baron-Cohen
  • Critical Psychology/Critical Psychiatry – looking into ways that these professions have done extreme harm to people
  • The History of Mental Health – how mental health treatment and experience has changed over history.

Society Related

  • Sociology – the study of society, human social behaviour, patterns of social and relationships, social interaction, and culture that surrounds everyday life.
  • Abolition – I am a strong believer in reforming the ‘Justice’ system – Police/Prisons don’t work.
  • Climate Change – but I can’t anymore due to stress, things are getting worse each day and this can destroy me and put me in emotional meltdown if I spend too much time on it
  • Morality/Ethics – Spend a lot of my time reading Moral Philosophy especially, Stoicism is one area I am far more interested in than others
  • Modern Revolution Practices – how things like Arab Spring, and the Serbian overthrow of their dictator were achieved.
  • Intersectional Feminism – A huge focus area of mine, but I still have a lot to learn as I was a white AMAB child raised in a toxic masculine culture.
  • Cognitive History – this is a relatively little known/new theoretical field – The book The Patterning Instinct is amazing on this.
  • Anthropology – Just interested in all history really, not huge on Wars but so much of history seems to be focused on that. Care more about cultural history – so anthropology it is.
  • Religion – All religions, their texts, and their histories
  • Ethics in Journalism – Critically looking at how news is reported.

Fiction Related

  • Hard Sci-Fi – Science fiction that’s based on science and seems feasible, or at least aims to be realistic.
  • Future Society Sci-Fi – Things that look into a very cool idea around how things will be shaped
  • Moral Sci-Fi – Science fiction with moral themes.
  • Fantasy Fiction – I love well written and unique Fantasy Books, this is my genre of “easy reading”.
  • Personal Account – unique perspectives, and deeply personal fiction.
  • Poetry – It’s my favourite language, because I have to use analogy and metaphor to explain the world.

Practical Hobbies

  • Piano – learning to play at the moment, spend infrequent bursts learning
  • Programming – although not for about two years as I have PTSD from a work environment, I can’t do it because of this.
  • Writing – A lot of my time is spent writing, as well as blogging regularly – I am working on two books at the moment – one is an autobiography, the other a critical look at stigmatization of ADHD & Autism, how science has contributed, and how most things people understand are wrong.
  • Poetry – Something I love writing, but I rarely share – due to having awful experiences when younger.
  • Researching – Spend a lot of my time researching – especially for mental health stuff.
  • Optimizing stuff – be it routines, ways of cleaning, anything I can do to increase efficiency.
  • Technology – related to the last one but specifically innovations that are good for managing my executive function issues.
  • Languages – I am not a polyglot, I know most languages at a basic level, and a lot of European languages are very similar, I am trying to learn more – and I really want to learn te reo Māori as it’s the most relevant in my life.
  • Tweeting – I know people are like this is garbage, but I actually think Tweeting is super important for me – I process a lot of things on Twitter because the 280 character limit is good for making me condense my thoughts on a specific thing, and I can mind wander without realising to see how channels of perception work

TV Shows

  • The Good Place – my favourite TV show due to my moral scrupulosity OCD, it’s messages, and it aligns heavily with my personal beliefs
  • The Wire – my favourite Drama show. An excellent overview of a lot of society and the problems in a dramatic format with amazing characters.
  • Parks and Recreation – How I want to see people who work in public service, I wish people cared this much.
  • Community (Seasons 1-3) – Was an incredible show with a lot of variety, it got really good toward the end of Season 1, unfortunately after firing the show creator in Season 4 it was ok but never really recovered – also losing Troy was pretty bad.
  • Rick and Morty – I love this show, I hate it’s fanbase who do horrible things, but I really like the show.

I don’t really do these all at the same time, I kinda flow in and out of my special interests. There are probably way more than this. I hyperfocus/hyperfixate on stuff at different times depending on the current social or environmental context.

Daily blog challenge

I will be writing every day on being Autistic for April using this list of prompts:

Alt-Text Format with links to other blogs – Autistic Acceptance Month – 30 Days of Acceptance and appreciation:

  • Day 1 – Introduction
  • Day 2 – What I love about being Autistic is…
  • Day 3 – My diagnosis/discovery story
  • Day 4 – Reactions to “coming out
  • Day 5 – Special Interests
  • Day 6 – Supports and Appreciation
  • Day 7 – The Autistic Community
  • Day 8 – Favourite Autistic Blog
  • Day 9 – Favourite Autistic-owned Business
  • Day 10 – Sensory Life
  • Day 11 – Stims
  • Day 12 – Favorite Autism-charity
  • Day 13 – Family
  • Day 14 – Routine
  • Day 15 – Everyone should know…
  • Day 16 – Work/School
  • Day 17 – Accommodations
  • Day 18 – Someday…
  • Day 19 – I hate it when…
  • Day 20 – Communication
  • Day 21 – One thing other people don’t understand
  • Day 22 – Dispel a myth
  • Day 23 – Can’t live without…
  • Day 24 – Political Issue
  • Day 25 – Symbols!
  • Day 26 – Favourite Autism book
  • Day 27 – Identity Language
  • Day 28 – Dealing with meltdowns
  • Day 29 – Famous Autistics
  • Day 30 – Acceptance means…

Published by roryreckons

I am an ADHD/Autism/OCD advocate and independent ADHD/Autism researcher. I am training in 2021 to become an ICF Accredited ADHD coach. I write mainly about ADHD/Autism/OCD/Mental health issues, but will also discuss morality, abolition, and current affairs occasionally.

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