Look me in the eye: My Life with Asperger's

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Ever since he was small, John Robison had longed to connect with other people, but by the time he was a teenager, his odd habits–an inclination to blurt out non sequiturs, avoid eye contact, dismantle radios, and dig five-foot holes–had earned him the label “social deviant.” No guidance came from his mother or his father. It was no wonder he gravitated to machines, which could, at least, be counted on.

After fleeing his parents and dropping out of high school, his savant-like ability to visualize electronic circuits landed him a gig with KISS. Later, he drifted into a “real” job, as an engineer for a major toy company. But the higher Robison rose in the company, the more he had to pretend to be “normal” and do what he simply couldn’t: communicate. It was not until he was forty that an insightful therapist told him he had the form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome. That understanding transformed the way Robison saw himself–and the world.

Robison also provides a fascinating reverse angle on the younger brother he left at the mercy of their nutty parents–the boy who would later change his name to Augusten Burroughs. Ultimately, this is the story of Robison’s journey from his world into ours, a strange, sly, indelible account–sometimes alien, yet always deeply human.
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subject_facetAsperger's syndrome -- Patients
Asperger's syndrome -- Patients -- United States -- Biography
Autism Spectrum Disorders
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Social Scientists & Psychologists
Biography
Electronic books
Mental health
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Security
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Services & Welfare
Personal Memoirs
Robison, John Elder
Robison, John Elder -- Mental health
United States
title_displayLook me in the eye : my life with Asperger's
title_fullLook Me in the Eye My Life with Asperger's
Look me in the eye : my life with Asperger's / John Elder Robison
Look me in the eye [electronic resource] : my life with Asperger's / John Elder Robison
title_shortLook me in the eye
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Autism Spectrum Disorders
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Biography & Autobiography
Mental health
Nonfiction
POLITICAL SCIENCE
Patients
Personal Memoirs
Psychology
Public Policy
Robison, John Elder
Social Scientists & Psychologists
Social Security
Social Services & Welfare