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Re: What's Your "Mutant Power"?
« Reply #60 on: July 23, 2014, 05:04:10 pm »
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I'm a hard science guy, so color me skeptical. But in honor of the new X-MEN movie, I figured I'd ask folks what, if any, truly weird sh*t they can do.

 
I can tell who's calling me on the phone. Or someone else, for that matter. I was far better at it as a child to the point I would look at the phone, say who the call was for, and then the phone would ring. My family mostly took it in stride but I didn't push my luck. And this predates Caller ID by a good few decades.

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« Reply #61 on: July 23, 2014, 06:28:56 pm »
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I'm a hard science guy, so color me skeptical. But in honor of the new X-MEN movie, I figured I'd ask folks what, if any, truly weird sh*t they can do.

Here's mine:

--Some 30 years ago, a friend's sister was about to have her first child. "It's going to be a boy, and they're going to name him Jonathan," I told my friend--having never met the sister and knowing nothing about her. And that's what happened. (My friend swears she kept true to my request to not tell her sister and just see what happens.)

--Some 3 years ago, I was at a party where I knew nobody. This woman chatted me up, beaming because she'd just found out she was about to become a grandmother for the first time; her daughter, in London, thought it was going to be a girl, but Grandma-To-Be was betting on a boy. "It's going to be a girl," I said, "and they're going to name her Anabelle." GTB blinked; "the name they want, if it's a girl, is Arabelle." (I have no idea how that one turned out.)

There was no special feeling involved in either instance; it just happened. (In the first instance, I was sober, and in the second, definitely NOT sober.)

So it seems I have this sporadic useless talent for the naming of babies yet to be born. Call me NeoNate!

So...what's your "mutant" power?

 
I pick up on energy changes in the atmosphere SUPER strongly. I get headaches a lot because of pressure changes in the atmosphere and I am considered a HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) which means that I pick up and "close read" my surroundings more than the average person does.

Also I have the upper jaw of a 7 year old :p (it doesnt make me look any different. Its just fun to tell people)

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Re: What's Your "Mutant Power"?
« Reply #62 on: July 23, 2014, 11:49:00 pm »
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I pick up on energy changes in the atmosphere SUPER strongly. I get headaches a lot because of pressure changes in the atmosphere and I am considered a HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) which means that I pick up and "close read" my surroundings more than the average person does.

Also I have the upper jaw of a 7 year old :p (it doesnt make me look any different. Its just fun to tell people)

Can you explain how Highly Sensitive Person status is different from a sensory processing disorder? Because reading the  wikipedia entries on both, I'm not picking up the distinction between the two, and when I was growing up, they called my sensitivity part of my ADHD. (In fairness, medicating the ADHD *does* take the edge off considerably.)
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Re: What's Your "Mutant Power"?
« Reply #63 on: July 25, 2014, 12:18:31 am »
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I'm a hard science guy, so color me skeptical. But in honor of the new X-MEN movie, I figured I'd ask folks what, if any, truly weird sh*t they can do.


So...what's your "mutant" power?

 
hah this is a fun topic. im all about xmen and mutant powers. i think if i had any it'd be somethin like crazy intuition. i can usually tell if somethins gunna happen or not. lotsa times i can tell if relationships and junk are gunna work out. and im good at figurin people out too
ALSO i can absorb energy and junk. which is super handy sometimes cuz if im tired its like havin a energy drink
ok one more! i can make things stop sometimes. like make babies stop cryin or make things that are movin stop movin. or stop the wind

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« Reply #64 on: July 25, 2014, 06:57:12 pm »
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Can you explain how Highly Sensitive Person status is different from a sensory processing disorder? Because reading the  wikipedia entries on both, I'm not picking up the distinction between the two, and when I was growing up, they called my sensitivity part of my ADHD. (In fairness, medicating the ADHD *does* take the edge off considerably.)

 
I have some of the traits on the HSP list; as far as I can tell, it's a matter of degree; that is, people who have higher than average sensitivity but not so much that it interferes with their lives. Also, you know, not labeling how we think as a disorder.

Mind you, I suspect that this is one of the matters where the science is still fairly nebulous and that there are broad differences of opinion even among professionals.

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« Reply #65 on: July 25, 2014, 07:02:03 pm »
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Can you explain how Highly Sensitive Person status is different from a sensory processing disorder? Because reading the  wikipedia entries on both, I'm not picking up the distinction between the two, and when I was growing up, they called my sensitivity part of my ADHD. (In fairness, medicating the ADHD *does* take the edge off considerably.)

 
I have absolutely no idea. I've never heard of Sensory Processing Disorder.

I wonder if sometimes they do diagnose kids who are HSP (Highly Sensitive People) with ADHD or Autism a little incorrectly. Not to say this happened to you of course, but I look at some kids that I have interacted with today and see a LOT of my own childhood traits in them and they are instantly stamped as "Autistic" because they are withdrawn, socially awkward, sensitive to what they see and hear and how it makes them feel, etc.

Note: I do believe in Autism and ADHD. I'm not discrediting their existence and their real effects on people and their families. I'm simply wondering if sometimes HSP are incorrectly diagnosed today.

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« Reply #66 on: July 25, 2014, 07:02:57 pm »
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Also, you know, not labeling how we think as a disorder.

 
Bingo.

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Re: What's Your "Mutant Power"?
« Reply #67 on: July 25, 2014, 07:28:17 pm »
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Also, you know, not labeling how we think as a disorder.

 
Well, it depends, too - sensory processing can certainly rise to the level of a disorder when it substantially interferes with your ability to interact with others and society. I have things that I regard as simple neuroatypicalities that I don't find to be disorders or to have serious impact on the way I interact, but some of my neuroatypicalities are actually disordered. (Not being able to parse what people say to me - and this is a sensory/auditory processing issue - was super frustrating when I was working outside the home and a real problem sometimes. Knowing why it's an issue helps, and coping skills help, but... yeah, no, that's a disorder and one I'd get rid of if I could.) Maybe HSP is a sensory processing difference that doesn't rise to the level of disorder.
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Re: What's Your "Mutant Power"?
« Reply #68 on: July 25, 2014, 08:55:38 pm »
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Maybe HSP is a sensory processing difference that doesn't rise to the level of disorder.


This, too.

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« Reply #69 on: July 27, 2014, 02:55:33 pm »
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I have absolutely no idea. I've never heard of Sensory Processing Disorder.

I wonder if sometimes they do diagnose kids who are HSP (Highly Sensitive People) with ADHD or Autism a little incorrectly. Not to say this happened to you of course, but I look at some kids that I have interacted with today and see a LOT of my own childhood traits in them and they are instantly stamped as "Autistic" because they are withdrawn, socially awkward, sensitive to what they see and hear and how it makes them feel, etc.

Note: I do believe in Autism and ADHD. I'm not discrediting their existence and their real effects on people and their families. I'm simply wondering if sometimes HSP are incorrectly diagnosed today.

 
Why is Autism automatically a disorder, though? I really dislike Autism and Asperger's automatically being spoken of as if they're horrible, crippling diseases.

I have Asperger's syndrome, and I could probably be labeled as a Highly Sensitive Person, because I certainly have differences in sensory processing. I'm unable to "filter." Sure, it makes some things difficult for me, because society isn't willing to accommodate my differences. But my brain doesn't function any less efficiently than anyone else's. It just functions differently.

In fact, there are some things I'm better at than neurotypical individuals.
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Re: What's Your "Mutant Power"?
« Reply #70 on: July 27, 2014, 03:40:35 pm »
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Why is Autism automatically a disorder, though? I really dislike Autism and Asperger's automatically being spoken of as if they're horrible, crippling diseases.

I have Asperger's syndrome, and I could probably be labeled as a Highly Sensitive Person, because I certainly have differences in sensory processing. I'm unable to "filter." Sure, it makes some things difficult for me, because society isn't willing to accommodate my differences. But my brain doesn't function any less efficiently than anyone else's. It just functions differently.

In fact, there are some things I'm better at than neurotypical individuals.

 
My sensory processing issues are certainly a disorder because sometimes they stop me functioning. Also disorder does not equal "horrible crippling disease"
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« Reply #71 on: July 27, 2014, 05:07:00 pm »
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I'm a hard science guy, so color me skeptical. But in honor of the new X-MEN movie, I figured I'd ask folks what, if any, truly weird sh*t they can do.


I can find things. I honest to god found a contact lens in a swimming pool ( I figure that was just luck, though) . But I also found a small stone from a coworkers ring in a vast office space ( and I didn't know where she'd been because I just came in). You lose it, I can find it. Since I live with someone who seems to be able to open worm holes in space to drop things in and thus lose them, this is useful, if not very sexy power.

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« Reply #72 on: July 27, 2014, 05:10:24 pm »
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My sensory processing issues are certainly a disorder because sometimes they stop me functioning. Also disorder does not equal "horrible crippling disease"


Did I say it did? I'm sorry if my words came out clumsily, but I am quite tired of hearing autism discussed as if it's something that's "wrong" with people. Sorry. I have no interest in being like everyone else. I work just fine how I am.
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« Reply #73 on: July 27, 2014, 05:16:17 pm »
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. I have no interest in being like everyone else. I work just fine how I am.

 
And that's fine but not all of us do.
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« Reply #74 on: July 27, 2014, 05:27:01 pm »
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And that's fine but not all of us do.


I'm sorry if I'm not coming across clearly, but that really wasn't my point. I have Asperger's and was speaking specifically for myself and other of my friends on the Autism spectrum who are made to feel like we are somehow inherently inferior to neurotypical individuals. Whether or not our sensory processing issues inhibit our functioning is a separate issue.

Apparently I'm not communicating myself clearly, so I apologize.
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