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Why Johnny Doesn't Flap
This is the nice way of looking at neurotypical behavior in a neurovariant world

The real way?  They'd never be trusted to do anything important.  It's uncommon for a neurotypical person to have the level of hyperdeveloped focus and memory that autistic people often develop for a narrow specialty.  There's no way to compete when your brain just won't do that trick.

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fayanora From: fayanora Date: June 10th, 2018 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have that book on my Amazon wish list!

It's been my and my roommate's observation that neurotypicals tend to hire others of their kind and then just let them waste time, paying them for doing nothing all day long. Every apartment manager we've had has been lazy and incompetent. The guy who's supposed to keep the place clean also does about an hour of work every week.

Meanwhile my roommate is so good at selling stuff that one business she worked for got bumped into a higher tax bracket because of her sales prowess and work ethic, and they fired her for it! I thought the point of capitalism was endless profit? You'd think the corporations would be fighting each other tooth and nail for an employee like that, but she can't find a job anywhere. (She also got fired once for preferring to not take breaks.)

Also, NTs are often dishonest. I literally got fired once for following my boss's orders exactly as he said, every time. Apparently he didn't know how to say what he actually wants, and took it out on me. Despite the fact I told him that's how my brain works, that i need exact instructions and I follow instructions exactly.

Oh yeah, and the number of times I've been accused of lying just because NTs are weird about needing to make eye contact all the time, to the point where not doing it is seen as a sign of dishonesty. Just, ugh!

Well, in our culture anyway. In Japan, making eye contact is discouraged.
fayanora From: fayanora Date: June 10th, 2018 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)


Also I have been fired before for reasons that boiled down to "the NT customers find you off-putting." Usually because smiling when I'm not unusually happy is literally painful to me. Pretty sure my fake smile is faintly reminiscent of the one Wednesday Addams did in that movie with the summer camp.

Autistic people can get fired just for being autistic, and the worst part is that many employers don't have a clue they're discriminating against us because on the Asperger end of the spectrum, it's like we activate their "uncanny valley" sense. All they know in those cases is there's something unsettlingly off about us to them.
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