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Poll #1823574 Aperger's and Faceblindness

How faceblind are you?

Exceedingly
1(4.2%)
Lots
8(33.3%)
Some
15(62.5%)
Not
0(0.0%)
Mu
0(0.0%)

Have you been diagnosed with Asperger's or other Autism Spectrum disorder?

Yes
3(12.5%)
Sorta
5(20.8%)
Not really
1(4.2%)
No
15(62.5%)
Mu
0(0.0%)

How many of these do you think apply more to you than they do to most people? (Frequently debilitating rather than mild incidents every once in a while.)

...may have difficulty communicating with co-workers or supervisors.
7(8.0%)
...may experience difficulty managing time. This limitation can affect their ability to complete the task within a specified timeframe. It may also be difficult to prepare for, or to begin, work activities.
7(8.0%)
...may exhibit atypical body movements such as fidgeting. Atypical body movements are sometimes called stimulatory behavior, or "stimming." ...can also disturb co-workers at times.
10(11.5%)
...may not be familiar with or understand abstract concepts like corporate structure, hierarchies of responsibility, reporting requirements, and other structural elements of the workplace.
3(3.4%)
...may have difficulty managing stress in the workplace. Situations that create stress can vary from person to person, but could likely involve heavy workloads, unrealistic timeframes, shortened deadlines, or conflict among coworkers.
11(12.6%)
...may experience decreased concentration. ... intolerance to distractions such as office traffic, employee chatter, and common office noises such as fax tones and photocopying.
9(10.3%)
...may have difficulty getting or staying organized, or have difficulty prioritizing tasks at work. ... planning, goal setting, and task completion.
8(9.2%)
...may have difficulty exhibiting typical social skills on the job. ...interrupting others...difficulty in listening, not making eye contact...difficulty interpreting typical body language or nonverbal innuendo.
11(12.6%)
...may experience memory deficits that can affect their ability to complete tasks, remember job duties, or recall daily actions or activities. They also may have difficulty recognizing faces.
12(13.8%)
...may experience difficulty performing many tasks at one time. This difficulty could occur regardless of the similarity of tasks, the ease or complexity of the tasks, or the frequency of performing the tasks.
9(10.3%)

Given the traits above, do you think it likely that you have Aspergers/Autism Spectrum disorder?

Yes
8(33.3%)
Sorta
3(12.5%)
Not really
4(16.7%)
No
8(33.3%)
What part of Mu don't you understand?
1(4.2%)

Can you resist?

Tickybox
10(100.0%)
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  • milimod

Doonesbury

Reading Hunter S. Thompson's biography, which led me to catch up with Doonesbury. I don't get a newspaper, and have missed a lot of the strip as a result. Slate.com has it, going back about a year and a half, so I've been cruising through, having a great time. Trudeau is still freaking brilliant.

But it's caused me to notice something: I've always had a slight problem distinguishing his characters. Zonker's pretty easy since he never cut his hair. Duke is usually hallucinating (as indicated by the little stars that surround his head). Mike's daughter Alex has her unique hairstyle. But unless I'm really focusing and paying attention to context, it can take me a little time to recognize B.D. (who no longer wears his trademark helmet and has gray hair like Mike), or to distinguish Joanie from Sam from Boopsie (who are all blondes). Jeff Redfern and Leo (Toggle) are relatively new characters; they're young guys, and both frequently show up in a war context. So I've had to work on telling them apart (Leo has the eyepatch and blond hair; Jeff is a redhead, who often helpfully dresses in his "Red Rascal" getup).

While it's slowed my reading down a little, I'm finding this exercise useful because it's a non-pressure situation. Nobody's asking me "Whatsamatta? Don't you recognize me? I'm offended..."

Duke doesn't care if I don't recognize him. It would probably make him happy if he did know.

Anybody else have trouble with the way comic-strip characters are drawn? How do you deal with it?
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Re-post: Looking to interview someone w/Prosopagnosia

Reposting this from a comment on the moderated membership post because I don't think anyone's actually looking at that anymore:

Hello,

My name is Heidi Brayer and I am a writer in the master's program at Carnegie Mellon University. I am writing a paper on Prosopagnosia and I was hoping to talk to someone about their experiences.

If anyone is interested in being interviewed (for about 15 minutes via telephone) please email me at hap1026@aol.com. Please forgive the intrusive posting.

Sincerely,

Heidi Brayer


Edit: I'm not Heidi. I'm just reposting this for her. Please address all comments about this to the e-mail address above.
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Moderated membership for community?

Would everyone be OK if I switched this community to moderated membership? The main reason I ask is that we've been getting a lot of posts from Russian spammers here lately, and it's getting tiring to delete their posts.

Edit: For right now, I've set community membership to moderated. I may disable this at some point in the future, but I'm pretty good about checking my e-mail from my phone. I've also added a note describing the situation to the community profile.
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Hello All

I was just puttering around the internet and started looking up groups related so some of my interests.

So, does anyone here have any stories about the benefits of prosopagnosia? For instance, my skills at bluffing my way through situations is incredible, because I have so much practice pretending to know people. Someone who I know from one context will approach me while I'm in another, and usually it's more of a pain in the ass to try to explain to them what prosopagnosia is than to just pretend like I know exactly who they are and hopefully piece it together over the course of the conversation. So I dunno. Any thoughts?
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