This summer, psychiatrist Dr. Peter Silverstone approached random people on the street and asked them about their lives. These were the most interesting conversations we had.
What is the motivation behind getting huge, going into body building competitions and spending the incredible amount of time and energy it takes to be competitive? In this episode of ShrinkWrapped, Cody takes us through why he decided to get involved in the competitive world of body building.
Everybody goes through difficult times in their life, David has chosen to deal with those difficult times by using comedy as a coping mechanism.
It can be a challenge to accept who you are. This is how Cosette was able to take the negative experiences she had growing up, move past them and start loving herself for the person she is.
Meeting new people I always find both enjoyable and educational. In the case of the
interview with Jessica all I knew about her was her first name, and that somebody
had said she was “interesting”. Boy, did that turn out to be an understatement.
Jessica turned out to be an amazing human being, who also happens to be autistic.
This does not define her, or limit her, but it does explain some of the issues she faces
in her interactions with others.
In the Shrink Wrapped interview she describes some of these issues in a way that
really made me understand some of her struggles in greater detail. She also was
clear about some of the unusual skills she has. These include speaking multiple
languages, and clearly a very high level of verbal ability.
Of everything I learnt from Jessica, I was most struck by how she very consciously
started to study how comedians communicate. She recognized that they develop
specific non-verbal skills, and she then trained herself to copy these, with the
deliberate aim of improving her communication skills with others.
Her descriptions of the difficulty she also has recognizing faces, and what this means
in a practical manner, also have stayed with me.
I am extremely grateful to Jessica for her sharing her thoughts and feelings with me,
and allowing them to be more widely accessible through the Shrink Wrapped
interview. I hope this will help others understand, and be more accepting, of those
who have autism spectrum disorder.
Dr. Peter Silverstone