Pretending to be Normal: Living with Asperger's Syndrome Paperback – 1 May 1999
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There is no question that Liane has been more successful at living a normal life than the majority of people on the autistic spectrum manage, which is no doubt why she chose the title ‘Pretending to be Normal’. There are many thousands of people like her who have always been different but who have found ways to fit in, deep down though they perhaps feel they are not being as true to themselves as they could be… they might feel ashamed of the secret difficulties they are so good at hiding and overcoming, or they may resent other people not being aware of the effort they are putting in all the time to keep up appearances.
It’s easy for neurotypical readers to complain that she was not as severely afflicted as they were hoping, or that she doesn’t fit the rain man stereotype of autism they like to cling to, but that is totally missing the point… if this book has one message it is that amongst the wide diversity of the autistic spectrum there are at one extreme people like Liane, and because the problems they experience are hidden they are in many ways more alone and isolated than those for whom they are more obvious. Why shouldn’t she tell her story? It is as valid as anybody else’s.Read more ›
Recently I have come to recognize I could find someone to go to bat for; job hunting agency staff who deal with challenged people have trying so hard to understand the specifics of developmental impairments. To my great surprise, they know the ropes more than typical hard-headed psychiatrists! Thanks to them, I can be more objective and understand both the pros and cons of AS and ADHD more than before I met them.
Like Liane Holliday Willy said, people with AS can be normal with more understanding people, I'd say. Then they won't have to suppress their feelings and stress themselves out!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not bad, a bit self pitying at times, but thoughtfully writtenPublished 25 days ago by frances eyre
One woman's story of living with AS. Interesting but probably more relevant to those who were diagnosed early and had a supportive family and other advantages in life (university,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Skylady
Excellent book, easy to read and helpful advice for all. Definitely recommended reading.Published 12 months ago by Ande
Undoubtedly the most boring and self-obsessed book I have read this year.Published 19 months ago by Not Quite Harrogate
Once again, another vital tool in the box to help me discover if I have AS. Good book to read.Published on 23 Mar. 2014 by Gingernutz
Very interesting account of Liane's life growing up. I would definitely recommend this to any females on the autism spectrum.Published on 23 Feb. 2014 by miss l j davies
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