| Michael, I don't know if I'm qualified enough for such an undertaking...even if I am right, I am not a psychologist or neurologist, haven't done the proper studies. At best, like you mentioned before, I'm tangential, good at juxtaposition, but I haven't don't have the proper scientific studies. Too much of my information is second hand. In the case of Rand, I may be projecting too much of my own mindset onto her. |
Having said that, I would love to see a proper study on this also, with a strong condition: though I offered this theory to suggest that the biases of psychology are the real problem concerning the Branden's accounts, the real worth of such a study would be to explain the brain/mind connection and how it affects an individual's philosophy and choices. (And that is where I think Szasz falls short, he fails to explain adequately the origin of mind and discounts the neurological affects on behavior, which put both Rand and Branden at odds with him.)
Ashley, it is not so much that people with Asperger's perceive a different reality as much as how they perceive it.
Regarding the stare: it's not that people with Asperger's can't look you in the eye, it's a matter of a lack of modulation. When they talk on and on, there will be less eye contact. But when they do look you in the eye, the lack of natural modulation results in a stare, which unnerves many people. And without that modulation, people with Aspergers come off as very intense.
And the problem of sensory integration involves a lack of habituation; normally the brain will filter out background sounds in order to concentrate, in Asperger's it doesn't, making it hard to concentrate in a crowd of people, causing disorientation and even outbursts of frustration. Clothing has to be a certain fabric to be tolerable, otherwise the feeling will be too much. (This is a blessing and a curse at times: as a musician, I can hear all sorts of overtones, as a curse, every appliance gives off a torturous hum.) Whether or not Rand had issues like that, I don't know.
(Edited by Joe Maurone
on 11/23, 11:39am)