Neurotypical Issues

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Offering a mix of humorous and drop-dead serious examinations of states of mind often characterized as "normal."

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This study was motivated by my belief that cheating in our schools (and in our society) threatens our social fabric and, consequently, educators must seek to understand the determining factors, and the possible solutions.
Gary Niels
The normal child will usually be heavily socially dependant and this can leave the child deeply vulnerable to 'peer pressure'. This can lead to such undesirable behaviours as loss of individuality, bullying and intolerance of others and 'pack mentality'
Beth, Silver Cuckoo Special Needs
First off, I do not regard myself as disabled in any way. I'm very much aware of the cognitive differences between myself and the majority - I've been coping with them for as long as I can remember - and I see no evidence of disability on my part at all. I shall speak plainly about how things look from my point of view in what follows. I think this is only fair, since some others are so forward as to call me a disease, and assert that I must be "cured" - i.e. exterminated - and expect to be applauded for this.
Alan G. Carter, Dan Olmsted, UPI
Allism currently occurs in 99.4% to 99.9% of all people in the industrialised world (figures vary wildly between studies). Fortunately this disturbingly high number is falling, and, as it does, general understanding of autism is increasing.
Andrew Main (Zefram)
Neurotypical syndrome is a neurobiological disorder characterized by preoccupation with social concerns, delusions of superiority, and obsession with conformity. According to The Institute for the Study of the Neurologically Typical (INST), as many as 9625 out of every 10,000 individuals may be neurotypical. (Yes, that means you too)
Zack Lynch
Boring And Mundane Disorder or its non-euphemistic term, dull is characterized by a general lack of physical activity and an extreme lack of emotional passion.
Matthew Moran
We like things/They fixate on objects. We try to make friends/They display attention-seeking behaviors. We love people/They develop dependencies. We take a break/They go off task. We have hobbies/They self-stim...
Mayer Shevin
Qualitative impairment in independent social interaction... marked delusional sense of awareness of the existence or feelings of others...
ISNT
A. Abnormal Awareness Oscillation (rapid switching between two or more modes of conscious awareness) manifested by at least one of the following: (1) rapid switching between modes of sensory awareness or stimuli within one sense (e.g. smell, touch, sight, taste, hearing). (2) rapid switching between modes of social awareness (e.g. awareness of self, awareness of others).
Amanda Baggs, Institute for the Study of the Neurologically Typical
Psychopaths are socially adept, manipulative, opportunistic and possess social intelligence. People with AS are not and do not.
Kevin Phillips
While the unconscious collusive process that sustains group basic assumptions is largely an intragroup process, what can't be contained or integrated within the group is projected into the 'other' or 'not me' groups.
Zachary Gabriel Green, Marvin R. Skolnick
An incredibly prevalent disorder, Normal Personality is dangerous and often chronic. Normal Personalities are primarily marked by conformity (either to tradition or to "fads"), self-centered attitudes and behavior, and a general lack of genuine caring for others.
Amanda Baggs, Institute for the Study of the Neurologically Typical
A pervasive pattern of condescension, degradation of others, and controlling behavior beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts... Staff Personality Disorder is sometimes seen in the prodromal stages of developing full-fledged Psychiatry Disorder.
Amanda Baggs, Institute for the Study of the Neurologically Typical
A. Delusional thought patterns, consisting of at least two of the following: (1) Patronization (2) Responsibility (3) Thought Decryption (4) Stereotyping (5) Pseudoscientific. B. Symptoms have clinically caused significant impairment in at least one major area of functioning for at least one other person...
Jared Blackburn, Institute for the Study of the Neurologically Typical
Neurotica has room for the rich in many a quiet sanitarium, luxurious ranch, or palace on the Riviera. But as for the Neurotic who is poor, may Heaven have mercy on his soul -- for Earth assuredly has none!
Eleanor Rowland Wembridge
It was time to decide from which group of humans he would draw the much-needed DNA to save his species. Which group would he choose?
Frank Klein
Exposing fraud, confidence games, scams, rip-offs, swindles, rackets, shell games, deceptions and flimflam.
Do you like to celebrate Christmas? Do television commercials fill you with desire for the products advertised? Do you wear gender-appropriate clothing and hairstyles? Do you think everyone should have a job, get married, and have children? Have you ever laughed at someone for acting "weird"? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you might just be a neurotypical. The term, coined by autism and Asperger's syndrome activists in the neurodiversity movement, is being used more and more within this community to describe the sort of person whose fixation on "normal" mental activity is tantamount to discrimination.
Annalee Newitz
If the brain needs to grant us exaggerated sense of our capacity for knowing each other - to make pair-bonding compatible with self-awareness - it will lie, shamelessly, as much as it has to, in order to make the strategy succeed.
Greg Egan
Peers perceived model boys as cool, athletic, leaders, cooperative, studious, not shy, and nonaggressive. Peers perceived tough boys as cool, athletic, and antisocial. Model boys saw themselves as nonaggressive and academically competent. Tough boys saw themselves as popular, aggressive, and physically competent. Tough boys were disproportionately African American, particularly when African Americans were a minority in their classrooms.
Philip C. Rodkin et al
A study focused on insensitivity of adults to children was presented and discussed. The responses of 100 male and 100 female college undergraduates to hypothetical parent-child problem situations indicated a general lack of communication concerning the child's and their own feelings. However, when the problems involved adult needs being aroused and thwarted, the Ss' responses were both more insensitive and destructive than when the confrontation centered around only the child's aroused needs. In the latter case the Ss did focus their communications more on the child's feelings and how he or she could express them. The results have implications for understanding effective adult behavior and reciprocal adult-child influences on the development of child-behavior dysfunctions.
Gary E. Stollak et al
Clues to lying include blank expressions, little or excessive eye contact, shrugs and scratching, the study concluded. Perhaps also, suggests a presidential watcher, a pause, a grin and a coy bite of the lower lip.
Stephen Goode
The term is used with varying degrees of seriousness. This ranges from a straightforward factual way to refer to non-autistic spectrum people to a more playfully tongue-in-cheek use in contexts which often strongly imply that the "merely typical" are to be pitied for wasting so much of their brain capacity keeping track of uninteresting and irrelevant information such as the thoughts and feelings of other people. Some might see this term as the early stages of a new branch of identity politics.
The term is used with varying degrees of seriousness. This ranges from a straightforward factual way to refer to non-autistic spectrum people to a more playfully tongue-in-cheek use in contexts which often strongly imply that the "merely typical" are to be pitied for wasting so much of their brain capacity keeping track of uninteresting and irrelevant information such as the thoughts and feelings of other people. While some might see this as the early stages of a new branch of identity politics, those who use the term in this way do not generally appear to be taking their own arguments very seriously.
Aspies for Freedom Wiki
A person trying to hide their deception is likely to concentrate mostly on their face. Thus they will look the person they want to deceive in the eye, and try to hide all emotions that they can.
Joey Jensen, Sean Crow
A friend has brought you to a party. What do you do?
ISNT
The Social Delusion pheromone is produced when a person feels himself to be part of, and accepted by, a group of people. When a person -- for example, an autistic person -- does not feel part of the group, he will not produce the Social Delusion pheromone. The Vomeronasal Organs (VNO's) of people in the group will therefore have no Social Delusion pheromone to react to. Group members will immediately perceive a Social Delusion pheromone non-producer to be an outsider, and will behave accordingly.
Zibens Perkons, Olympia Johnton-Newt, Institute for the Study of the Neurologically Typical
Glibness and Superficial Charm; Manipulative and Conning; Grandiose Sense of Self; # Pathological Lying; Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt; Shallow Emotions; Incapacity for Love; Need for Stimulation; Callousness/Lack of Empathy; etc.
Important features of our culture put most people into a state where their brain chemistry is out of balance by age six, and this actually turns part of their awareness off.
Mad scientists are working around the clock to discover the cure for normality, a serious and persistent chronic mental illness afflicting much of the general population.
Janet Foner
The basic difference seems to be: NT Theory of Mind = Everyone thinks like me, except when shown to be otherwise. Autistic Theory of Mind = Everyone thinks differently from me -- vastly and mysteriously -- except when shown to be otherwise.
Amanda Baggs, Institute for the Study of the Neurologically Typical
Up to 1/3 of the most popular US schoolboys could be aggressive and antisocial. Many of the school initiatives that assist children toward positive development may be overlooking these children because of their popularity.
Sara Abdulla
When we look closely at patterns of mental disorders around the world, one thing becomes clear: rising wealth does not improve mental health. In fact, globalization seems to leave mental degradation in its wake.
Kalle Lasn, Richard Degrandpre
Neurotypical individuals show difficulty in forming an individual identity, or in thinking outside of the bounds of the accepted norms of their social groups.
Frank Klein
It is a puzzle; a enigma that traps those so affected in a lifelong struggle for social status and recognition.
Frank Klein
AS scientists are currently working on a new range of wonder-drugs - Swarming Inhibitors (SI's) which it is hoped will prevent some of the more anti-social manifestations of NT such as a tendency to congregate in mobs, engage in vicious group character assassinations of outsiders, and in the extreme case to actually incite each other to mass acts of violence and destruction such as wars, pogroms, lynch mobs and the like.
Judy Singer, Institute for the Study of the Neurologically Typical
'Normal' means adhering to a standard which is within a reasonable deviation from the average. Although many are driven by conformity, there is very little one could call 'normal' about the 'average' human being.
Jay Quinones, Malakh Studios
Personal agendas create needless power struggles and personality clashes that often result in the true needs of the person with autism/Asperger's being forgotten and excluded from any discussion or planning that takes place.
Kim Davis
Rather than focusing on incident reports at meetings, share stories and look for strengths, preferences, interests, motivators, fears and frustrations.
Kim Davis

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