Of all the disorders, diseases, ailments, etc. in the world, Aspergers is in a very unique place. From the way I look at Aspergers, it is one of the few disorders in which a person can make their life infinitely better simply through the pursuit of knowledge. Doesn’t matter how much you study about cancer, it will not go away. Have an immune system issue? Can’t solve that with knowledge. (Directly anyway).
But with Aspergers, the “bad” parts can be mostly, if not all, resolved simply through acquiring different skills.
See, we see everything as a skill. EVERYTHING. The most obvious skill that people with Aspergers usually need to learn are social skills. You frequently see this as the “one” thing that defines Aspergers. Lack of social skills. But what about the other skills? Awareness? Learning to deal with sensory issues? Emotional Intelligence?
Everything that makes up the diagnosis of “Aspergers” can easily be changed into a skill that needs to be learned. The good thing is, skills all obey the same basic laws: Practice, Repetition, Course-Correction. It doesn’t matter if you are learning how to play the piano or how to be more present in the world, you start by practicing. Every day. Then you figure out what you are doing wrong, and course correct.
One the best ways that Hayden and I both know to learn new skills related to living is through the use of books.
Watch the video below to see Danny talk about how he “learned” himself out of the difficult areas of Aspergers, as well as what books he recommends.
Books mentioned in the video:
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins
The New Psycho-Cybernetics by Dr. Maxwell Maltz M.D. F.I.C.S.
The Aladdin Factor by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
Core Transformation: Reaching The Wellspring Within by Tamara and Connirae Andreas