First part is useful - particularly the French alternative to the DSM. The second part is over-generalised.
Stretch your arms and take hold the cloth of your clothes
with both hands. The cure for pain is in the pain. Good and bad are mixed. If you don’t have both, you don’t belong with us.
—Rumi (via lazylucid)
I’m trying hard to live by Cat Principles.
1- I am glorious above all things
2- Eat when hungry, sleep when sleepy, play when bored
3- Affection is given and received on my terms and only mine
4- Show displeasure clearly.
6- Demand the things you want. If they aren’t given, demand them again, but louder this time.
7- If you are touched when you don’t want to be, say so. If they continue to touch you, make them bleed.
What is it like to be keenly intelligent and to care deeply about science and animal life—but to feel absolutely alienated from even the simplest human emotions and interactions? In one of Atul Gawande’s favorite pieces from the archive, Oliver Sacks asks what Temple Grandin’s experiences can tell us about the enigma of autism.
Photograph by Laura Wilson.