Self-awareness is always discussed as something of great importance, but of course, just as the lack thereof, too much of anything can effect us either positively or negatively. It is said that “severely” (gosh, severely seems like such a negative word) autistic individuals are actually not that self-aware, if at all. This can lead us into methods that are, or definitely should be, emphasized in behavioral therapies, such as focusing substantially more on the importance of asking and even telling certain autistic individuals things associated with them selves, their day, etc, as a way to potentially re-order their disturbed patches of neurons in the cerebral cortex.
I’m not gonna elaborate on that, but keep it in the back of your mind…or shall I say, the front of your mind. Get it? Cause the cerebral cortex is in the fro…okay, moving along…
Here’s a big question!
Should Austin (as a whole) be considered a disorder?
Here’s an even bigger answer:
Sure, in the society we live in, certain social behaviors are required to make ends meet, and “low-functioning” autistic individuals lack the ability to adapt to such requirements due to their lack of self-awareness. Does this really put them at a quote-un-quote, disadvantage? Not exactly… Now, I’m no Doctor so I have no idea what goes right or “wrong” in terms of what exactly differentiates high-functioning vs. low-functioning autistic individuals, but I believe it can be presumed that low-functioning autistic individuals may have unorganized neurons in various locations of the cerebral cortex (negatively effecting self-awareness) but high-functioning autistic individuals, usually diagnosed with the form of autism called Aspergers, may have an excess amount of neurons in the pre-frontal cortex (PFC) (increasing attention/focus) area of the cerebral cortex. Since high-functioning autistic individuals also may have a minimal amount of disorder of neurons in the cerebral cortex, this could be why they are more often able to excel in particular interests, they’re able to focus so much, that they put matters involving the self away and become engulfed completely by the object or subject of interest.
That doesn’t seem like much or a disorder to me, but more like… borderline genius status. After all, who invented this thing called “normal” anyways?
Must have been some overly self-aware narcissist…