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Author Robison, John Elder.
Title Be different : adventures of a free-range Aspergian with practical advice for Aspergians, misfits, families & teachers / John Elder Robison.
Imprint New York : Crown Archetype, [2011]
Edition First edition.

Subject Robison, John Elder.
Asperger's syndrome.
Difference (Psychology)
Marginality, Social.
Individual differences.
Description xii, 286 pages ; 22 cm
Edition First edition.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 267-276) and index.
Contents Asperger's and me -- The three categories: Aspergian, Proto-Aspergian, and Nypical -- Finding your path to fitting in -- Rituals, Manners, and Quirks. -- For the love of routine -- What's in a name? -- Mind your manners -- A reason to care -- What are you afraid of? -- Emotions. -- (Not) reading people -- What is love? -- Emotional triggers -- Making and keeping friends -- Feeling bad news -- Keeping cool in a crisis -- Getting Along With Others. -- The center of the universe -- The art of conversation -- Lobster claws: dealing with bullies -- Animal wariness -- Getting chosen (and becoming choosable) -- Tuned In: Sensitivity to the Nonhuman World. -- Underwear with teeth -- Seeing music -- Managing sensory overload -- A walk in the woods -- A day at the races -- Finding Your Gifts. -- Learning calculus -- I'm with the band -- Plastic brains -- Attention to detail -- Secrets of my success -- Appendix for Parents, Teachers, and Others of Their Ilk -- Asperger's: the definition -- Index to Aspergian behaviors.
Summary In his bestselling memoir, Look Me in the Eye, the author described growing up with Asperger's syndrome at a time when the diagnosis didn't exist. He was intelligent but socially isolated; his talents won him jobs with toy makers and rock bands but did little to endear him to authority figures and classmates, who were put off by his inclination to blurt out non sequiturs and avoid eye contact. By the time he was diagnosed at age forty, he had already developed a myriad of coping strategies that helped him achieve a seemingly normal, even highly successful, life. In this new book he shares a new batch of stories about his childhood, adolescence, and young adult years, giving the reader a rare window into the Aspergian mind. In each story, he offers practical advice, for Aspergians and indeed for anyone who feels "different", on how to improve the weak communication and social skills that keep so many people from taking full advantage of their often remarkable gifts. He addresses questions like: How to read others and follow their behaviors when in uncertain social situations; Why manners matter; How to harness your powers of concentration to master difficult skills; How to deal with bullies; When to make an effort to fit in, and when to embrace eccentricity; How to identify special gifts and use them to your advantage; The message this book puts forth is that every person, Aspergian or not, has something unique to offer the world, and every person has the capacity to create strong, loving bonds with their friends and family, and its goal is to help readers and those they love find their path to success.
ISBN 9780307884817 (hbk.)
0307884813 (hbk.)
OCLC # 699373859