Answer Aspergers Vol 1: Diagnosis
or Suspicion. COPYRIGHT
Answer Asperger’s © 2011, Andrew Bland. Smashwords Edition.
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The obligatory disclaimer.
I have had to learn this stuff myself because this book did not exist for me. The books I read made me worse and depressed! I had to make something new. Whilst I am very much the authority on my own experience and that’s the perspective I have written from, it’s the only one I have. So, for that reason, I’m obliged to say that I am not a medical professional and this is not medical or legal advice, it’s just personal opinion. Frankly, I hope it’s more than that but I legally have to say this. Errors are my fault and if you spot any, please let me know. Thank you for your interest in this book – by the end of volume 3, you will know a huge amount of information that makes life easier
Table of Contents
Disclaimer part 2
Part 1 - The ASD Brain
The Triune Brain
The Myth of 100% Genetic Determinism
Neuroplasticity (Brain Re-adaptation)
The Butterfly Effect of Infancy
The Orbital Frontal Cortex (OFC)
Obsessions and the Inability to Let Go
Satisfaction and Reward
Social Decision Making
The Anterior Cingulate Cortex (ACC)
The ACC and Sex
Social Pleasure, Pain and Reward
Theory of Mind
Part 2 - Emotions
Emotional Feeling v’s Logical Thinking
Bi-directional Real-Time Theory of Mind A.K.A. Empathy
Aspergers or Toxic Shame?
Take Responsibility for your Emotions
Part 3 – The World of Belief
Beliefs About Beliefs (“meta belief”)
The Power of YOUR Beliefs
Belief and the Brain
Sources of belief
Belief and BPD
Belief, Childhood and all that stuff!
Limiting beliefs v’s Creative Beliefs
Breaking Beliefs Down.
Part 4 - Self-Image, Self-Talk, Self-Acceptance and other self related stuff
A last word!