Be Different

Be Different

Adventures of A Free-range Aspergian With Practical Advice for Aspergians, Misfits, Families & Teachers

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: New York : Crown Archetype, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307884817
Branch Call Number: Health & Wellness 616.858 Rob


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ArapahoeRachel Nov 08, 2016

I have not laughed so hard at a book in a long time. The author's unique perspective on social rules is priceless. He has no choice but to see the truth in all the obscure, unwritten rules that society creates, and he writes about it so clearly.

Sep 29, 2016

Good enough book, helps give an understanding of Asperger's. Also has large print and is a fairly simple read.

Jul 29, 2012

This is an interesting memoir but it lost my attention towards the end. Still, it was educational and I'm glad I read it.

Jul 16, 2012

John Elder illuminates the reality of his Aspergian world in an enjoyable manner and offers insights and help for people who love (and deal with) those with Asperger's Syndrome.

Jul 12, 2012

John Elder Robison writes great books dealing with Asperger's (I read Look Me In the Eye too). It was probably one of the more uplifting books I've read on Asperger's. I read it many years ago and wanted to have my teenaged son with Asperger's read it, but there were many references to drugs, sex, alcohol, etc. and I thought he was too young at the time. He is 17 and read it just recently.

This book, however, offers a really good look at how an Aspie views the world and offers great practical advice on how to deal the many situations that crop up in the "typical" world. Great book.


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