|04-08-2009, 08:43 PM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2009
I've recently discovered Subjective Reality.
I am autistic. Autism is essentially a communication disorder; it blocks the passage of information between my mind and the outside world. It also binds me to very regular, habitual behaviour and sets up barriers against things which are different or outside the norm.
Recently I started reading 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey. The first two chapters discuss paradigms and principles. He discusses how our perceptions of reality can influence reality itself - the beginning of what Steve writes of as Subjective Reality (he even talks of looking at the lenses through which we view the world).
I then observed two instances of subjective reality. I immediately realised that whilst I blamed Autism for many of my struggles in life the problem was not my condition but the way I viewed it. It was my habits, barriers and routines that made my life so difficult, and whilst my condition is fixed, these can be changed.
The second instance was when watching Ahead of the Class, a dramatisation of the work of Marie Stubbs at St. George's School in West London (the one where Philip Lawrence was murdered). The teachers regard the children a out of control, dangerous 'scum'. Immediately Stubs began treating them better - as children who wanted to learn, grow and succeed - and they responded in kind.
Instead of trying to fight something I can't change, I can change the way I view it into something much more empowering. I may be a stubborn, bloody-minded stick-in-the-regolith at times but this also means I stick to my goals and keep on going no matter how long it takes. I may live my life by habit but this can mean getting up right away when the alarm clock goes off.... I may have barriers to overcome but this also means I have standards about things like safety, integrity and how I interact with other people that I will not compromise on.
I like this approach, it's very empowering, but how can I use it? What habits could I establish, what can I do to change?
|04-09-2009, 06:44 AM||#2 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jun 2007
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