Mimicry as a Form of Instilled Perfectionism and Low Self Esteem

It is only been extremely recently, and outside of my career context, that anyone has ever told me that my thoughts and ideas are valid and valuable, that my creativity and ways of thinking about building systems that minimize risk of error and maximize opportunity for efficiency and accuracy are actionable. Most of the feedback …

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The Skill of Knowing Where Your Input is NOT Needed

It is becoming increasingly apparent to me that the largest missing ingredient in the system (substitute whatever system you want) is the ability of people in power, generally abled cisgender white men (and women, depending on context), to understand when it is time for them to step back, make way, hold space, shut up, promote …

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What if I Don’t Want to be an “Autistic Self-Advocate?”

Everyone advocates for themselves all the time. If you go into a salary negotiation or other similar situation, it is assumed that you will be arguing and presenting your best case for your best interests to the best of your ability. But what if that is not your natural inclination? What if you understand that …

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Myopia

I've been thinking a lot lately about how we, as individual human beings, can contribute to the healing of our society. It should be clear to everyone at this point that humanity has a list of existential crises that we have known about for more or less time. These situations have not yet been addressed …

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