I finished The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships. In this post, I’ll highlight something that Temple Grandin says on page 378, about why she takes medication:
“Not everybody needs medication but I am one of those who do. For me, socialization is impossible if I constantly feel like I’m being attacked by a lion.”
I am not that afraid, but I have felt social anxiety, largely because I don’t know what to say to people, or I am self-conscious about making a mistake, or I fear being looked at like I’m some sort of freak (which happens). When others ask me questions and are interested in my response, then that anxiety may go down a bit. But how can I make my anxiety go down? One thing a counselor told me was that, as I listen to others attentively, I become more relaxed. Then, I can share some things about myself. For me, the challenge is to find open-ended questions that can enable me to invite others to share about themselves.
Tomorrow is the last day of National Autism Month. I’ll post something. Stay tuned!