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Old 06-20-2006, 08:52 PM   #31
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My first post was a bit vague. I was in the mood for vagueness. I'd only been out of the hospital (I got hospitalized for depression) for an hour. Basically, I look in the mirror and see a psychiatric patient. This is how I became an artist. The studio I work at is for autistics and other people with issues. I wish I could do something about my atypical neurological situation, but I can't.

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Old 06-20-2006, 09:04 PM   #32
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Your paintings are lovely. I've heard you mention before that your studio is for autistics. Do you find there is a difference in the way an autistic approaches art from the way a nonautistic might, a difference in perception (beyond the difference between any two individual artists)?

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Originally posted by BonosSaint

That's the part we are in control of. This doesn't deal with the times we are used or dehumanized or not given the respect we've earned, when it is something someone is doing to us, not what we are doing to ourselves. But that's another topic
I think I know what you're saying, my personal Yoda

It depends on who's right. Because of how aware we are of how we feel inside, we are not always aware of how we appear outside. We are those two people--the inside one and the outside one. Both of them have their realities and if we are lucky, we will have a handful of people in our lives who are intimate with both of those realities.

The disconnect comes when we are not as intimate with both sides as we hope others to be. The disconnect comes when we either let others define us or when we define ourselves too narrowly when we are so much more. The disconnect comes when we take ourselves too seriously and take what others think of us too seriously.

People want to put other people in roles--not maliciously most of the time, just because it is simpler for them. They don't have to think too much then. We become the good girl or the bad girl (or boy), the smart one, the pretty one, the giver, the taker. We all do it. Ninety percent of the people in our lives are peripheral and we are peripheral to the same ninety percent. No big deal. But we all have to sort out the roles that are healthy for us to play and to understand we are just playing them and not to think they are our sum total.
That is all so very true

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