Be Different: Adventures of a Free-Range Aspergian with Practical Advice for Aspergians, Misfits, Families & Teachers
In his bestselling memoir, Look Me in the Eye, John Elder Robison described growing up with Asperger’s syndrome at a time when the diagnosis didn’t exist. He was intelligent but socially isolated; his talents won him jobs with toy makers ...more
For starters, it repeats a lot of the stuff in LMitE. I growl at repetition, I do, so that was instantly dull reading for me.
Secondly, he talks more about the technical side of Aspergers/Autism. So things that define a person with ASD. But, a ...more
“For anyone who has difficulty fitting in, this book is fantastic.”
—Temple Grandin, author of Thinking in Pictures
“In a love poem to his wife, Pedro Salinas, the Spanish poet, wrote, ‘Glory to the differences / between you and me.’ John Robison teaches us to celebrate differences
like Salinas did, but also offers clear insight and valuable advice on how to cope with the challenges that being different can create. This book transcends the specific case of Asperger’s syndrome and is a less
Short chapters move the book along quickly. The stories generally show that the repeated efforts of others faile ...more
I'm a fifteen-year-old with AS, and I really took a lot from this book. Several things he described pertained to my symptoms of AS perfectly, such as the dislike of certain sounds when other people made them, but being fine when he made them. This is me exactly. I found it very insightful, and it gave me immense hope for my future and my occupation after having problems with ...more
page 34: When you are young, you have not yet made a reputation in your community. You're an unknown quantity. If you act strange, people will be very wary because they don't know what to make of you...Later in life, once you build a reputation for competence, the same strange behavior will be dismissed as harmless eccentricity. So the stuff that gets you chased out of town at sixteen gets laughed off at ...more
Builds on 'Look Me In The Eye '. Meant to be a self -help guide for Aspergians. I found it useful for insights into the Aspergian mind - actions and outlook. Don't know how useful it might be to Aspergians or their parents, but I found it helpful. Recommend.
Enjoyed this book so much ! I can only feel admiration and respect for John and his journey. We can learn so much from him and his challenges and his success in all aspects of life. Cheers !
I've had a number of careers . . . I designed sound ...more