Discovering My Autism: Apologia Pro Vita Sua (With Apologies by Edgar Schneider

By Edgar Schneider

This article offers an account of Edgar Schneider, a high-functioning autistic, with recognition deficit sickness (ADD), who was once misdiagnosed as a schizophrenic within the overdue Seventies. despite the fact that, sixteen years later, after the opportunity examining of an editorial on autistic savants Schneider used to be alerted to the chance that he were wrongly clinically determined. Schneider examines his problems with relationships, his excessive ache threshold, his loss of focus and his hugely absorbent intelligence, all of that are concerning his autism. He additionally describes the excitement he derives from paintings, track and literature, the significance to him of his non secular ideals and his paintings with mom and dad' aid teams.

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As far as I am concerned, he is the American equivalent of Socialist Realism. I also much prefer the Baroque to the Renaissance. I find the latter quite bland, while the former vividly depicts the drama that is portrayed. When Renaissance artists painted the Descent from the Cross, according to the facial expressions, they might as well be taking the wash down from the line. Compare that to Rubens’ Descent. The face of the Madonna shown on Michelangelo’s Pietà is one of the most beautiful ever, but her expression defies the subject matter.

Even then, I felt neither fear nor panic. It might also be mentioned that, in recent years, I have undergone two hernia repair operations. The procedure is not complicated but requires an ostensibly painful recovery, to the point of rendering one immobile. Looking back, I was immobilized, not from severe pain (it could have been called extreme discomfort), but from fear that movement might tear the stitches. That fear was totally unfounded, as my surgeon reassured me when I repeatedly called him about feeling them tear.

This is a good place to reiterate that these emotions, as expressed through the arts, consist of sights, sounds, and words. They register on the intellectual and aesthetic sensibilities. Real-life emotions appear to me to consist of things felt in an unexpressed manner, and with another person also feeling them, almost in the manner of sympathetic vibrations at a resonant frequency. ’ Death and the Afterlife Since grief is so often associated with someone’s death, and the sense of loss that accompanies it, this would be a good place for me to discuss my ideas on the subject.

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