Okay, so what is neurodiversity, and why would you put it here?
In my words: An individual’s brain is thinking, responding, feeling, acting, or functioning differently than the cultural norm. Examples from the article: ADHD, HSP (highly sensitive person), Asperger’s syndrome.
I put it here because trauma survivors and people with mental illness think, act, feel, and react differently than the rest of society. Some of the difference is biochemical and part of DNA. Other parts of the difference come from developmental and physiological changes based on experience. The rest are learned behaviors in the form of coping techniques/strategies and survival skills.
The last group can sometimes be changed or removed or adapted to current circumstances, but the first two not so much. This article celebrates differences and promotes acceptance, so it belongs here.
You can find the whole article here. FYI, this article is an essay on the Quiet Revolution website. While one goal is to empower introverts, another is to find ways for introverts and extraverts to live and work harmoniously. So please don’t think the website is not for you if you are an ambivert or extravert.
A few interesting quotes from the article linked above:
“Unfortunately, it took me a long time to find a workaround, so in the meantime came undiagnosed, debilitating depression and anxiety for years, which often accompanies those who unknowingly mask neuroatypicalities while trying to cope and survive. I can’t say what triggered the depression exactly, but it felt like a slow, creeping fog that thickened more intensely over the years. Finding the right therapist and a helpful medication finally made the skies clear,” – Jenara Nerenberg
“Now, I’m 33, and they’re calling these neuroatypicalities ADHD or HSP (Highly Sensitive Personality) or even Asperger’s. Shows such as Invisibilia give us the language of Synesthesia and Empaths. And I’ve come to the conclusion that we’re all somewhere along this continuum, this spectrum of personalities, with diverse traits. This is the beauty of what we call neurodiversity.” – Jenara Nerenberg
Being authentic self
“Re-joining the jungle like Mr. Tiger means embracing the beauty of my inner nature and sharing that with others. And I’ve found that others who observe me start to feel and act the same, freed up by letting go of some of our cultural conditioning.” – Jenara Nerenberg
Thanks for reading.