Managing Diversity

How do we encourage Equality of Opportunity without falling for the counterfeit of Equality of Outcome? By JOHN COUNSEL Let me state, for the record, that I am politically unaligned. I choose the candidates for election for whom I vote according to the principles, policies and programs they espouse… and I hold them publicly accountable, …

Autism Awareness

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Why I'm totally OPEN about having Asperger’s Syndrome By John Counsel I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome on Christmas Eve, 24 December 2002. It was the best Christmas gift I've ever received, and I celebrate that date as “Liberation Day”, because I was finally able to begin to understand myself and take control of my life… …

The Process of Mastery

By JOHN COUNSEL This tutorial is about the process behind the classic transition from Unconscious Incompetence to Unconscious Competence. Legend: The vertical axis of the graph represents control (top) andabsence of control (bottom). The horizontal axis represents time. Stage 1a: Unconscious Incompetence — we think we’re in control… until something happens to make us realise the truth about our delusions… Stage 1b: Unconscious Incompetence — this is where we really were, all along. Ignorant of our own ignorance and incompetence. …

Why Aspies can be so obstinate and resistant to change… and so volatile!

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BY JOHN COUNSEL Here are a few things I’ve learned about myself (and a lot of other Aspies, too — I’ve lived with four generations of us) that really puzzled and bothered me all my life, decades before diagnosis. See if you recognise them in your own relationships… IMPORTANT: Some of the behaviour discussed here is now recognised as …

Famous Aspies

Famous people who are or were — or almost certainly were* — Aspies * Because of the reality that Asperger’s Syndrome was not formally recognised until 1994, despite it being articulated half a century earlier by Austrian pædiatrician Dr Hans Asperger in 1944, many of the individuals on this list were never formally diagnosed while living, but …

The Rocket Principle By John Counsel People who think that everything should be exactly right before attempting to launch their small businesses (or a new project, new product or new service) fall for the same trap that prevents most people ever achieving anything in life. It’s true that if you never take a risk you’ll …

Low self-esteem, low self-confidence, high self-doubt and self-contempt: are they natural or learned?

By John Counsel QUESTION: Can anyone give me some personal advice, please? I’m doing my best to understand my 8 year old, undiagnosed Aspie son, so please don’t be judgemental. Is it natural for those with ASD to jump to negative assumptions about themselves first, before anything else? For example, last night I took him to …

Diagnosing Asperger’s Syndrome

BY JOHN COUNSEL Asperger’s Syndrome was named after the condition articulated in 1944 by Dr Hans Asperger, an Austrian psychiatrist. The name was coined in the 1980s by Dr Lorna Wing, an English psychiatrist and prolific author who specialised in Autism. Dr Wing was also the mother of an autistic child. Asperger’s Syndrome was first formally recognised as a neurologically divergent condition …