Monday, September 21, 2009

Asperger's Syndrome

Syndrome -

1. a group of signs and symptoms that together are characteristic or indicative of a specific disease or other disorder

2. a group of things or events that form a recognizable pattern, especially of something undesirable

A syndrome is a group of behaviors that form a recognizable pattern indicative of an undesirable situation.

The question is: Undesirable to whom?

The human mind when encountering unfavorable conditions will react in certain predictable ways. If the resulting behaviors are misinterpreted or not understood, the otherwise normal reaction can seem a mystery and harmful. Attention is focused on the behavior and not on the stimulus; especially if the stimulus is deliberately and artificially in place as an accepted and preferred social norm.

In the case of autism the stimulus is the current manner of thought pervasive in human society. It is a form of social consciousness that is incompatible with the newborn mind.

The mind upon birth is introduced to an external environment it is unprepared for. In order to survive, the infant is asked to adopt behaviors appropriate to the external environment but which go against its own inner consciousness.

The infant mind reacting to the external condition shuts down, withdraws, or develops coping mechanisms in order to maintain its integrity.

The path the infant mind takes all depends on the perceived consequence of error - the severity of the punishment in the case of being wrong. Strength of will also plays a part in this decision. A personality with a strong will is less likely to withdraw. These willful personalities later become the NeuroAdept.

Adept - somebody who is highly proficient or expert at something

The collective set of unique behaviors developed by the willful mind has come to be known as Asperger’s Syndrome.

AS is the autistic mind learning to navigate an alien landscape and being, to a degree, successful.

AS describes the infant personality encountering adverse external conditions and not backing down.


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