The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships 29

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!

About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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