Your Best Self-Autistic Strengths

Know your strengths and magnify them.


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Self Analysis-Your Best Self:


When I began my first self-analysis, I didn’t understand my strengths. My understanding has changed over time as I gain more understanding from day-to-day situations and continue to analyze myself.


I stopped thinking of my strengths the way people typically think about them and started thinking about what I gravitate to primarily.




To Do: Spend a week to a month analyzing yourself when you can be yourself focusing on your favorite things.



I am an out-of-the-box thinker. I see things three-dimensionally in my head and problem solve visually. My brain can pull up a holographic visual to manipulate, smell, feel, and work with to solve problems. This is often how I think when I am not rushed.



To Do: Analyze how you think through problems. This takes self-observation. Self-awareness develops and gets easier with time and practice.


  • Do you get easily frustrated, angry, or do you research potential solutions?

  • Do you ask others for help in solving a problem?

  • Do you start blaming people instead of trying to solve problems?

  • Do you ignore problems hoping they will go away?



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What Are Your Natural Inclinations?


I enjoy learning games, nature, and I’m highly sensitive to my environment and people. What about you?


To Do: Observe what you do during your free time.

  • What is your preferred activity?

  • I enjoy doing a bit of wood carving, hiking, camping, research on my special interest, and writing.


I love language and Math. I’m naturally drawn to code and symbols. I would function better in a world that functioned through telepathy.


I’m so sensitive that I pick up a lot of information that overwhelms me before I even hear someone’s voice. Add in a speaking voice, and it can completely overwhelm me.



To Do: How do you function?

  • What is your preferred way to communicate?

  • Are you an introvert?

  • How social are you?

  • I can’t handle more than 10 to 15 minutes of social interaction.



To Do: What are your unique interests?

  • What interest has held your attention the longest overtime?

  • For me, it is Music and Earthships.




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Energy Drains and Boosts:


Another key in understanding yourself and your strengths is to notice what drains you. If you are Autistic, just the sensation of being exhausted and energized might be a mystery to you.



To Do: Tune in to your body sensations.

  • Notice what makes your mind tired.

  • What makes your body feel weak.

  • What do you notice you work extra hard to avoid.




To Do: Make a list of those things.

  • Those are clues to what is not a strength but an area of weakness.



For example, voices are my kryptonite. It’s amazing how someone’s voice, including my own, can weaken my body and send my body into complete overwhelm. Anything that includes speech and verbal conversation isn’t going to sit well with me.



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Careers:

Trying to figure out the right career for me has been difficult. It’s trial and error. I’ve concluded that it’s essential to have as many experiences in life as possible.


Experience allows you to know what you like and don’t like. What drains you and what charges you. What sparks your joy and what sends you to a corner in overwhelm. Be willing to try new things.




Summary:

  1. Allow yourself to be natural and observe what you do naturally and gravitate towards. Doing this will help you understand your strengths better.

  2. Don’t force yourself to be Neuro-Typical. G