Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You

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Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You

Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You

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This book is powerful, much-needed for our times, and Jenara Nerenberg offers a unique blend of personal, scientific, and societal analysis.

The framing of most neurodivergent traits as positive differences is nice, but glosses over the struggles of people who have higher support needs. She even mentions the show Atypical at one point (a show that has been criticized for the way it presents autism) to make a point when she could have easily found real-world stories that highlight the danger autistic people face when encountering the police. This book focuses on the sensory-sensitivity that is a common theme across multiple neurodivergences, and which I'm just beginning to appreciate as a major component of WHY I find certain environments stressful or overwhelming. The most interesting insight contained in the whole book is a couple (un-cited) paragraphs about the design of the environment/architecture as a function of European desires to demonstrate extreme restraint, and how that can be at odds with the optimal contexts for a woman of neurodivergence. ACT Contact / FAQ About Events / Videos Merch / Subs Sign in/up Divergent Mind : Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You Nerenberg, Jenara More by this author.Between a flawed system that focuses on younger, male populations, and the fact that girls are conditioned from a young age to blend in, women often don’t learn about their neurological differences until they are adults, if at all. The author's passing endorsement of training cops about ways autistic traits can look like disobedience feels especially ignorant, given the amount of young autistic Black men and women who have been arrested or assaulted by police who knew they were autistic.

I found the author's treatment of the problems that undiagnosed autistic women experience at the hands of psychiatry lacking, especially with respect to race. The book de-pathologizes those of us who most profoundly and intensely think and feel the world around us. I really found this enlightening; this is, in some ways, the successor to Susan Cain's "Quiet", the book about introversion.While some of the earlier chapters in the book gave helpful definitions for different neurodivergencies, I recommend looking into other sources like, you know, Google and Instagram for the same exact information that’s most likely presented in a less privileged manner. To access your ebook(s) after purchasing, you can download the free Glose app or read instantly on your browser by logging into Glose. For example there are a lot of interviews about women who work in tech or academia who have found their niche within their company and it has brought out the best in them and their neurodivergencies.

Mostly it’s an overgeneralization/simplifications of other, better books that the author herself mentions in the text and that I myself have read.

I agree with a lot of people who are slightly put off with this book because it doesn’t really dive deep enough into different types of neurodivergent women who fall into these spectrums. I loved that Nerenberg explained all of the ways the brain functions out of the norm and how to deal with this.

I'm not a woman, but since I spent my first 18 years of my life perceived in all my offline social spheres as a girl, my experiences from then are more like late-diagnosed autistic women's than late-diagnosed autistic men's. As other reviewers have complained, the author is way too generous with generalizations and focuses on highly successful women who are diagnosed later in life. American psychiatry has increasingly taught our society to think that people can be divided into two categories: those who are 'normal' and those who are 'not normal.This was yet another book by a well-meaning, cis-het, middle- to upper-class, white woman that just…totally missed the mark. As a result, potentially millions live with undiagnosed or misdiagnosed neurodivergences, and the misidentification leads to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and shame. It ends up feeling really "White Feminist" to spend so much time speaking about gender and gender alone. This wonderfully positive and accessible introduction to the neurodiversity paradigm is packed with life-changing insight for anyone whose way of experiencing the world diverges from the ordinary. This book is geared towards late-diagnosed autistic women who are able to have a "normal" job, given sufficient sensory and social accommodations.

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