The Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-12-30
  • Publisher: Future Horizons Inc

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Born with autism, both authors now famously live successful social lives. But their paths were very different. Temple's logical mind controlled her social behavior. She interacted with many adults and other children, experiencing varied social situations. Logic informed her decision to obey social rules and avoid unpleasant consequences. Sean's emotions controlled his social behavior. Baffled by social rules, isolated and friendless, he made up his own, and applied them to others. When they inevitably broke his rules, he felt worthless and unloved. Both Temple and Sean ultimately came to terms with the social world and found their places in it. Whether you are a person with autism, a caregiver in the autism community, or just someone interested in an "outsider" view of society, their powerful stories will enthrall and enlighten you.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Behind the Scenesp. ix
Two Perspectives on Social Thinking
My World is What I Do by Temple Grandinp. 1
A Different Perspective on Social Awareness by Sean Barronp. 55
Two Minds: Two Paths
How the Autistic Way of Thinking Affects Social Understandingp. 83
Intermissionp. 113
The Ten Unwritten Rules of Social Relationshipsp. 119
Rules are Not Absolute. They are Situation-based and People-basedp. 120
Not Everything is Equally Important in the Grand Scheme of Thingsp. 145
Everyone in the World Makes Mistakes. It Doesn't Have to Ruin Your Dayp. 165
Honesty is Different than Diplomacyp. 193
Being Polite is Appropriate in Any Situationp. 214
Not Everyone Who is Nice to Me is My Friendp. 236
People Act Differently in Public than They Do in Privatep. 268
Know When You're Turning People Offp. 288
"Fitting In" is Often Tied to Looking and Sounding Like You Fit Inp. 311
People are Responsible for Their Own Behaviorsp. 337
Epiloguesp. 377
References & Resourcesp. 381
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