- Your partner lines up all of the packages in the cupboard very neatly with labels facing the front? You throw the new groceries in on top of the old ones.
- Your partner leaves the wiping up cloth dirty in the sink. You always rinse it out so that it’s clean for the next person.
- You make the bed when you get up. Your partner doesn’t.
- You fold up the clothes waiting to be ironed. Your partner doesn’t.
- At work, you sit next to someone who cracks his knuckles all day – it drives you mad.
- You can always hear the lady on the other side of the office when she speaks on the phone – it would really help you to concentrate if she spoke more softly.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
According to my wife, we are all live our lives somewhere along the autistic spectrum. Some of us are further along it than others. Those at the extreme end are diagnosed as suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome or Autism. Sufferers of autism are sometimes brilliant at one particular skill – they may have a fantastic memory or they may be brilliant artists or musicians. Stephen Wiltshire is a famous example of this.
Most of us are way down the other end of the spectrum. But we all exhibit traits which show our individuality but these can often irritate others – those who sit further up or further down the spectrum.
Do you recognise any of these examples?
You get the idea. Does any of this matter? Well, yes it does. If you don’t recognise these traits in those close to you, relationship issues will follow. Whether at work or home, recognise that we are all on the spectrum somewhere and we all have to make allowances for each other. Few of us are likely to change. You can point out what you see as deficiencies in others but you are more likely to start an argument than change behaviours.
So accept that we all have to make allowances for each other and you’ll spend less time stressed.
What habits do you recognise in yourself?
Now, I’m off to tidy up everything in the fridge...