Roundup (When Nerves Got Me Down)
Well, I had big plans for this week’s email (maybe a little too ambitious), then I got EMG nerve testing done on my hands and arms, and my right hand still hasn’t recovered fully.
So this will be short(er than normal).
I’m working on a presentation for my Autistic Meetup group on communication, so I’m reading as much as I can on it.
Within the Autistic community, I’m considered great at socializing, but sometimes it drains me; and I generally always struggle with maintaining give-and-take with people.
I unintentionally take-take-take because unless my conversation partner said something really fascinating, I have difficulty remembering to ask questions; especially if my partner is a question-asker, I never think to redirect and ask a question. So when reflecting on past conversations, I sometimes feel selfish or rude.
Luckily I had Say What You Mean by Oren Jay Sofer already on my bookshelf. I also found this piece on “turn-taking” in social communication interesting, and I plan on incorporating as much as I can for my presentation at the end of the month.
Do you have a book or video on communication that you found helpful?
There’s so much bad going on in the world right now, I’m only allowing in news highlights from roundup-based, balanced media; so instead of getting lost in the daily news cycle, I decided to immerse myself in topics I love but rarely make time to read about anymore. Over the past month+ I’ve enjoyed the following podcasts on anthropology, sociology, and world history: The Ancients, Dan Snow’s History Hit (modern history too), and Sociology Ruins Everything (check out through Anchor or host Matt Sedlar’s website.)
Some more podcasts I’m enjoying right now are Don’t Ask Tig (Notaro) for some chuckles, Unqualified by Anna Faris for social and relational exploration, and I have to mention Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel on sex and relationships again—I just love it so much.
“Wisdom is knowing when to have rest, when to have activity, and how much of each to have.” —Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
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And that’s about all my hands can take today.
Hopefully I’ll see you back here next week with calmed nerves. Otherwise I may try out dictation…
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