The power of self-awareness

Aspies are a quirky bunch, and we each have our own individual quirks. As I get to understand myself better and better, I find myself becoming aware of things that I do that are classic aspie things, like looking for just the right spoon to eat my morning cereal. The funny thing is, as I’m more aware that I do these things, it doesn’t make me want to do them any less. As I look for the spoon with the right shape, depth, and design on the handle, I know that it doesn’t really matter which spoon I use, but I still get the same satisfaction from finding and using the right one.

It really doesn’t matter that some of the things we do are neurotic and unnecessary. If it doesn’t hurt anybody and it gives you a level of peace of mind, it’s fine. We have reasons for wanting to sit at the right spot on the couch while we watch TV, line things up in just the right order, and drink juice from the cup whose color matches the bowl we’re eating dinner from. It might not make sense to other people, but it makes sense to us, and we’re happy to explain if you’re curious. :p

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2 thoughts on “The power of self-awareness

  1. I feel the same way! Sometimes self-awareness can stink though! Like, with problematic or disruptive behaviors I have, I know they are not good but I can’t change them, even when I know they are happening!

    • The best you can do is find ways to compensate for them, like go somewhere private if you feel like you’re going to have a meltdown. As long as nobody is getting hurt, problematic behaviors can be reduced to inconveniences.

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