Aug 22, 2023
Navigating Neurodiversity: The Struggle to Figure out the Rules
We discuss the importance of emotional intelligence, & allowing oneself to feel the full range of emotions. We talk about the struggle to figure out what the unspoken expectations are. We talk about how neurodivergent brains process information compared to neurotypical brains, as well as communication styles that may be more effective. If you’re neurodivergent (HSP, autistic, ADHD etc.), being around others who also have high emotional intelligence may create more intimacy and understanding in your life.
Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC
· 1.Learn about the importance of feeling the full range of human emotion.
· 2. Discover that it can be safe and healthy to express your feelings.
· 4. Realize the importance of not toning down emotions.
· 5. Explore why cognitive behavioral therapy may not be helpful if you are neurodivergent.
· 8. Understand how the autistic and neurodivergent brain works from a bottom-up approach.
· 9. Discover that starting with details and then going to the bigger picture is often how neurodivergent folks tend to process.
· 10. Learn that allistics (non-autistics) tend to start with the broad and then go down to the details.
· 11. Discover the importance of learning different ways of communicating and processing information.
· 13. Learn why staying connected with friends is especially important during challenging times.
· 14. Discover how Jen and Patricia use various communication tools to stay connected.
· 16. Learn how sharing experiences and insights with friends can be helpful.
· 17. Discover the importance of being open and honest with friends.
· 18. Understand how being vulnerable with friends can lead to deeper connections.
· 19. Learn about the importance of active listening in communication.
· 20. Discover how practicing emotional intelligence can lead to better relationships and overall well-being.
Patricia was a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, but is now exclusively providing coaching. She knows what it’s like to feel like an outcast, misfit, and truthteller. Learning about the trait of being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), then learning she is neurodivergent helped Patricia rewrite her history with a deeper understanding, appreciation, and a sense of self-compassion. She created the podcast Unapologetically Sensitive to help other neurodivergent folks know that they aren’t alone, and that having a brain that is wired differently comes with amazing gifts, and some challenges. Patricia works online globally working individually with people, and she teaches Online Courses for HSPs that focus on understanding what it means to be an HSP, self-care, self-compassion, boundaries, perfectionism, mindfulness, communication, and creating a lifestyle that honors you
Jen Perry, MSEd, MA, LPC has been a psychotherapist for 20 years. She specializes in helping Highly Sensitive People thrive in love, work, and parenting Highly Sensitive Children. Jen is passionate about using mindfulness and compassion-based approaches to ameliorate human suffering.
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