By the way, I am said to be "autistic" though I have made it through college, have worked a huge variety of jobs since age 14 and made "employee of the month" more than once and my work was praised by just about everyone, have taught overseas, worked in a day care and was praised for my handling of kids (I have heard that is often difficult for autistics and people with FAS) and taught Sunday school and Bible classes in plenty of churches, had two children myself, am on my 15th year of marriage (with no divorces and no prior live in or sexual relationships
), have cared for elderly and disabled folks, have counseled the abused, have written poetry and short stories and worked for a newspaper, my cooking and baking are praised, I am asked often for recipes or to make something special for occasions, edited many articles and theses, and am said to be very creative and practical, am said to be good with animals, said to come up with "great" party ideas and have run popular gatherings. My husband says I am a great wife, my kids think I am a great mother, friends often call me first to get ideas, or advice, or counsel about what to do about various problems, or to watch children, or to substitute for them. My parties and programs or creative endeavors have been talked about, my ideas are often repeated, and my children and my food dishes are spoken of with envy. The few things I can't seem to do well are driving, certain sports, being mean to people (though I can be very assertive). certain financial forms, my wardrobe isn't the most fashionable and my hair isn't the latest or most professional style, but most people say those things aren't important when it comes to me.
My oldest child is gifted and beautiful and healthy and talented, but doesn't care for Justin Bieber, or the latest fashion styles or gossip and is therefore said to be abnormal because of that. My youngest is said to have problems because he is immature and "not too interested in growing up any time soon" but he obeys us most of the time, has no problem sharing with others is very healthy and physically adept and shows a talent for music. My husband is incredibly gifted, has a PhD, a great speaker, master of many trades, debates respectfully and kindly and usually wins, and handles very complicated problems and tasks with ease and yet people say there is something wrong with him, too.
One really wonders if the only problem is that "they" are envious, perhaps.
So tell me, who is really abnormal? Since when is the Bell Curve the almighty determiner of everything??
I say we return to tradition and to proven medicine and real sensible forms of psychology that have proven true in the past and bunk all the "new" stuff and trends, all of which either gets recycled every five years, or sounds so "new" and ridiculous that anyone with a half a brain or more maturity than your average 15-24 ignores it and moves on with the more important things of life and does things the way they have always been more effectively done. Don't get me wrong, new technology is great and new advances in medicine are very helpful, but all the new stuff in psychology and new trends, especially those which smack of perfecting the human race, or reorganizing the whole planet, making you young forever, or keeping your kids from stressing the unqualified teacher or inexperienced daycare worker are really senseless and have no proper place in any intelligent family or society (some kids are bad, I know, but the one that has to go to the bathroom once an hour or can't sit still for more than 25 minutes or like to play cops and robbers or really prefers pink or purple or sparkle over mint green or navy blue or superconcentrates one task so as not hear the lunch bell or passes notes in class or giggles over the new cute boy with her friends or tries desperately to get the attention of that cute girl or reads during a boring subject or doodles or looks out the window after finishing the test instead of getting right on to homework or draws sometimes unflattering but realistic pictures of the teacher, principals, classmates or the President is really NOT the PROBLEM, so stop treating them like they are.)