primary observation

Possible Traits of Aspergers in Females

This by no means a comprehensive list, it is simply a reference point, not a diagnostic tool. If you identify with a majority of this list and wish to receive a diagnosis, consult a medical professional, preferably a specialist in autism spectrum disorders who has had experience diagnosing women.

  • Tends to analyze everything constantly
  • Often straightforward and practical in nature.
  • Often gets lost in own thoughts and zones out (may display a blank stare)
  • May appear naive or innocent (despite not being so)
  • Prone to honesty, has difficulty lying
  • May struggle to understand manipulation, disloyalty, vindictive behavior and retaliation.
  • May be gullible and easily taken advantage of, misled, or conned.
  • May have feelings of confusion and isolation in relation to others
  • Escapism frequently used to relax or avoid overwhelming situations.
  • Often holds fixations, obsessions, and extreme interest in specific topics.
  • Finds comfort in escaping through imagination, fantasy, and daydreaming.
  • Often has slower reaction times due to need for mental processing.
  • May have had imaginary friends as a child.
  • Frequently imitates (takes social cues from) people on television or in movies.
  • May obsessively collect, organize, count, categorize, or rearrange objects.
  • Often highly adapted to social imitation.
  • May find math and numbers easier to deal with due to logic and lack of objective answers.
  • May struggle to relax or rest due to many racing thoughts.
  • Often has comorbid conditions, such as OCD, anxiety, ADD or ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, etc.
  • Often has sensory processing disorder (sight, sound, texture, smells, taste)
  • May have dyspraxia (Poor muscle tone, lack of coordination and depth perception)
  • May have dyslexia
  • May have an eating disorder or food obsessions
  • May have been misdiagnosed or diagnosed with other mental illness or possibly labeled a hypochondriac.
  • Tends to drop small objects
  • May frequently engage in “stimming” (self-stimulation) i.e., flicks fingernails, flaps hands, drums fingers, rubs hands/fingers, tucks hands under or between legs, clenches fists, twirls hair, taps foot/shakes leg, sways side to side, spins in circles, bouncing up and down, rocking, etc.
  • May use various noises to express herself rather than using words.
  • May have a tendency to over-share with friends and sometimes strangers
  • May have little impulse control when speaking
  • May accidently dominate conversation at times.
  • Often relates discussion back to self (sharing as a means of reaching out)
  • May be incorrectly seen as narcissistic
  • Often sounds eager or over-zealous at times.
  • May feels as if she is attempting to communicate “correctly.”
  • Often struggles with and is confused by the unwritten social rules of accurate eye contact, tone of voice, proximity of body, stance, and posture in conversation.
  • Eye contact often takes extreme focus, which may lead an individual’s eye contact to be darting and insufficient, or over-the-top staring/glaring.
  • May have difficulty regulating voice volume to different situations. Is frequently observed as being either too loud or too quiet.
  • Conversation, specifically small talk, can be exhausting.
  • May have trouble focusing on/engaging in conversation that is not centered on one’s primary interests.
  • May observe and question the actions and behaviors of self and others continually.
  • May have difficulty with back-and-forth conversation
  • Trained self in social interactions through readings and studying of other people.
  • Visualizes and practices how she will act around others and before entering various social situations.
  • Difficulty filtering out background noise when talking to others.
  • Has a continuous dialogue in mind that tells her what to say and how to act when in a social situations.
  • Sense of humor sometimes seems quirky, odd, or different from others.
  • As a child, it may have been hard to know when it was her turn to talk, may still be true as an adult.
  • Often finds the norms of conversation confusing.
  • Tend to say what they mean. Are often brutally honest, coming off as rude when they do not mean to be.
  • May feel misunderstood and tend to over-explain/ramble in an attempt to compensate for possible miscommunication.
  • Feels extreme relief when she doesn’t have to go anywhere, talk to anyone, answer calls, or leave the house.
  • Feelings of dread about upcoming events and appointments on the calendar.
  • Knowing she has to leave the house causes anxiety from the moment she wakes up.
  • The steps involved in leaving the house are overwhelming and exhausting to think about.
  • Must prepare herself mentally for outings, excursions, meetings, and appointments.
  • Question next steps and movements continually.
  • Often needs a large amount of down time or alone time.
  • May feel extremely self-conscious and uncomfortable in public locker rooms, bathrooms, or dressing rooms.
  • Tends to dislike being in crowded areas.
  • Difficulty sleeping due to sensitivity to environment
  • May be highly intuitive to others’ feelings, although may not appear to react to them ‘correctly’ in social situations
  • May take criticism and judgement very personally
  • May frequently adapt her viewpoints or actions based on others’ opinions
  • Dislikes words and events that hurt animals and people.
  • May have had a desire to collect or rescue animals, usually in childhood.
  • Often holds great compassion for suffering.
  • May try to help, offer unsolicited advice, or formalize plans of action.
  • Imitates others without realizing.
  • May exhibit codependent behaviors.
  • May frequently reject or question social norms.
  • Chameleon-like in social situations. Often switches preferences and behaviours based on environment and other people.
  • May outwardly appear to have little investment in hygiene, clothes, or appearance, often prefers fast and easy methods of style.
  • Clothing style is likely more focused on comfort and practicality, especially in the case of sensory issues.
  • May possess a youthful appearance and/or voice.
  • May have trouble recognizing what she looks like and/or has slight prosopagnosia (difficulty recognizing or remembering faces).
  • The emotions of oneself and others may seem confusing, illogical, and unpredictable.
  • Expects that by acting a certain way certain results can be achieved, but realizes in dealing with emotions, those results don’t always manifest.
  • Often speaks frankly and literally.
  • Certain kinds of humor, such as sarcasm and metaphors, may be difficult to understand.
  • Can be confused when others ostracize, shun, belittle, trick, and betray.
  • Often has trouble identifying feelings in others unless they are extreme.
  • Trouble with the emotions of hate and dislike.
  • May have feelings of pity for someone who has persecuted/hurt her.
  • Situations and conversations sometimes perceived as black or white.
  • The middle spectrum of outcomes, events, and emotions is sometimes overlooked or misunderstood. (All or nothing mentality).
  • May notices patterns frequently.
  • May be fascinated by words or song lyrics.
  • Tends to best remember/learn things in visual pictures (visual thinkers).
  • May have a remarkable memory for certain details, i.e., may find it surprisingly easy to remembers exact details about someone’s life.
  • Executive function is often a challenge
  • Learning to ride a bike or drive a car may be rather difficult.
  • Anything that requires a reasonable amount of steps, dexterity, or know-how can rouse a sense of panic.
  • The thought of repairing, fixing, or locating something can cause anxiety.
  • May have a hard time finding certain objects in the house, but remembers with exact clarity where other objects are.
  • May frequently second-guess oneself and ask a lot of questions before engaging a task or situation

This list was compiled from various personal accounts and symptom lists. It is subjective and does not include every identifiable trait. Nor is it entirely medically accurate. Please do your own research into AS before self-diagnosing. 

When reblogging, feel free to add additional traits you believe to be common in AS females that will be useful for others to know.

anonymous asked:

How about some scientist/experiment AUs? Fluffy or Angst is up to you.

  • “I’m new to this lab and…I’m sorry but, nobody told me that we were going to have human subjects.” AU
  • Character A is a scientist and Character B is the starry eyed assistant that just likes to listen to Character A’s voice, so Character B is consistently asking for explanations about the simplest procedures.
  • After being gravely injured, Character A – an alien/mythical creature/angel/etc. – is captured by a team of scientists in order to be nursed back to health. Character B is chosen from their team to be one of the primary observers of Character A, which includes trying to communicate with Character A.
  • “As far as anybody knows, I’m fully assimilated and happy with my situation, but there’s one scientist that is planning to help me break out.” AU
  • Character A can’t remember a time where they weren’t viewing the world from behind the bars of a cage, but Character B, a scientist, promises that one day they’ll take Character A out of the lab so that they can feel the wind in their hair, the sun on their skin, and grass between their toes.
  • “The highlight of my day is getting to play chess with you, even though you always manage to beat me.” AU

shiningsobrightly  asked:

Hi! Interesting blog you have here. Are any of you into The Hunger Games books? I'd like to know your take on the characters' sorting (according to your system). Just curious because I've seen a lot of discussions on tumblr related to that.

(Note: the way we play this game, “primary” is WHY you do things; “secondary" is HOW you do things.)


In Mockingjay, Haymitch explains to District 13 why their PR efforts with Katniss are failing—Katniss cannot be scripted. Her power and her charisma stem directly from her reactivity. Every time Katniss has kindled fervor it has been unintentional and genuinely meant—mourning Rue, volunteering for Prim, saluting District 8 on the tour, standing in front of the hospital bombing and calling for war.

Katniss can lie (see: pretending her relationship with Peeta during Catching Fire), but she hates it. She is consistently and powerfully at her most influential when thrown into games or war zones and allowed to react, improvise, and emote. This honesty, genuineness and fervor resulting in unintentional, inspirational leadership is a stunning example of the Gryffindor Secondary.

Now contrast this with Peeta, who goes into the Capital’s publicity consciously planning to play them: waving at the crowds, choosing to love Katniss aloud for both their sakes. He has the Hufflepuff Secondary superpower: unlike Finnick (darling Slytherin/Slytherin), Peeta means it when he smiles at the audience, even if only for that moment. Peeta is changeable and conscious, but he is genuine, if ruthless, with his emotions.

Peeta means it, but unlike Katniss, he can choose to. His words to Katniss in The Hunger Games—“I will still be me”—point to that difference. It’s vitally important to Peeta, that choice, that integrity, but Katniss doesn’t understand why that is wanted or needed. She will be herself whether she wants to or not. It matters like breathing does.

But both Katniss and Peeta are Slytherin primaries. When the chips are down they both value their loves ones above all else. Katniss barters her (vital) place in 13’s rebellion for Peeta’s safety and Prim’s cat. Her first major act as protagonist—volunteering for Prim—is a Slytherin Primary’s desperate cry. She didn’t volunteer because it was good ro right, or because Prim was young and bright and so very worth saving, but because Prim was hers.

Katniss was willing to die and kill to save Prim and to get back to her—until she meets Rue, who as Prim’s stand-in tickles those same Slytherin priorities, until she falls for Peeta. It did not become more immoral to kill/not save them because she came to know them better. She knew Peeta, in particular, was a person and a good one before she entered the arena, but she was willing to let him die if she had to. It was not until she decided he was one of hers that she was willing to gamble her own life for him.

Peeta looks a little bit like a Hufflepuff Primary, because his Secondary is so purposefully loud, and because the story is told from Katniss’s point of view. He shows care like a Hufflepuff—with care, service, and kindness, but that’s his secondary, his “how.” It’s his Slytherin Primary that makes him care and sacrifice specifically (and often solely) for Katniss. He wants her to live and he wants her to live more than himself—or innocent bystanders. Peeta’s willing to play the capital’s games—to trick the career tributes in the first book, to team up with useful people not good ones in the second Games—if it means saving Katniss. He tells her this, on the beach: if she’s not alive he doesn’t want to be. He’s a desperate and rather unhealthy self-sacrificing little Slytherin, but this is an unhealthy little world.

Speaking of desperate Slytherins—well, we’ll do Finnick a little later on.


Both Gale and Prim, by virtue of wanting to be in Katniss’s life, are really really good at modeling Slytherin. In Katniss’s absence, Gale prioritizes Prim and Mrs. Everdeen like a Slytherin might. He’s a good Gryffindor Primary at heart, so he tries to save everyone and feels guilty for every life lost, but for Katniss’s sake he saves them first.

Gale’s got a Ravenclaw Secondary— the comment in Mockingjay, understanding Katniss after the kiss. “I was in pain.” He’s observant, level-headed, and planned, whether it’s evacuating District 12, figuring out how to keep his people fed, or understanding the world and people around him.

Gale and Katniss get along well in their Gryffindor to some degree — he admires her secondary, her Mockingjay; she likes his steadiness, but seems to most of all appreciate his Slytherin model. By the end, he frightens her, because at her heart she values her people first and he does not. Truly, truly backed againt a wall, Gale will easily drop his hard won Slytherin model and do the right thing, no matter the sacrifice. At the end of the day, prioritizing the people he loved would make him feel guilty.

Prim is both really good at modeling her Slytherin sister and very good at modeling the usefulness of the Slytherin Secondary. She tells her sister to ask for things in District 13, because she understands that Katniss is powerful there, even if good straightforward Gryff Secondary Katniss does not. Under her effective Slytherin modeling, though, I think Prim’s got the service and generalized empathy of a Hufflepuff Primary, and the same practical, efficient Ravenclaw secondary as Gale. Where Gale uses his to save people, Prim, the young doctor, uses hers to help them.


Finnick was objectified and forced into prostitution from what we’re left to assume was a very early age— he was fourteen when he won his game, and it’s implied that he was already a sex icon at that point. The way he turned that abuse into a way for him to accumulate power against the capitol, to collect their secrets and stockpile weaponized information, is all Slytherin Secondary. As we already mentioned, when he’s onstage smiling at the capitol, he doesn’t mean it. But something that Finnick is excellent at is using truth. Not just in terms of secrets, but in terms of performance. When he wishes goodbye to that “special someone”, he’s entirely aware that he’s playing on the heart-strings and lusts of the people in the audience, but it comes off so genuinely because he’s directing it at his Annie.

It’s a truth hidden inside a secret, masquerading as the truth. He has layers of deceit and honesty and misdirection, and it’s with the adaptive impulse of the Slytherin secondary that he’s able to keep everything straight. He gives them what they want in the moment and lets them underestimate him. Who needs deeper consistency of persona, like Peeta builds? Finnick’s strategy is not about building an honest rapport. It’s a series of intuitive indulgences that work because they take advantage of how people, especially the people in the Capitol, see what they want to see. Finnick uses his secondary like a magician. At the beginning of Mockingjay part 1, we follow the sounds of his sobbing to his room only to find him sitting on his bed, clearly upset but no longer demonstrative. He’s carefully constructed a mask, and can decide when to let it crack.

(Can you tell I love Finnick? I love Finnick. -Kat)

Finnick has had such reason and opportunity to petrify— to scar his possibilities for further hurt by refusing to bond and value anyone outside himself. This is how a Slytherin Primary goes cold, the same way a Hufflepuff gets disillusioned and burrows in on themself, or a Gryffindor loses faith. Finnick has been through far and enough to justify this boy having a little black heart of petrified charcoal. But somehow, despite the Hunger Games, despite his abuse in the Capital, despite the fact that Snow’s go-to ploy is to blackmail you with those you love— Finnick finds and creates deep, vulnerable bonds with Mags and Annie. There’s a bravery and defiance in that refusal to go cold, to stay safe.

This also makes Finnick’s words in Mockingjay particularly striking when he wishes Annie dead— it sounds a little terrible, yes, but from Finnick’s style of Slytherin that’s a mature and selfless thing to wish for. Annie’s death is going to scar him, even deeper than Mags. She is a vulnerability and weakness; but Finnick is mature enough to value Annie over the effect Annie has on him. Her death is going to kill him, in one way or another; it might finally petrify him, the way nothing else so far has been able to— but this is not about him and he recognizes that. He’s thinking about her.


Katniss is the epitome of a powerful Slytherin/Gryffindor— a Slytherin committed to her few people against all odds, and changing the very world around her with the unintentional leadership of a sincere Gryffindor Secondary

Peeta is a Slytherin Primary as well, with an even smaller inner circle of people than Katniss, but it’s masked by his Hufflepuff Secondary’s warmth.

Prim is a giving, service-oriented Hufflepuff Primary with an analytical Ravenclaw Secondary and a cunning, clever Slytherin Model. 

Gale, who tries to fight for the world, is a Gryffindor Primary, with a deliberate, observant Ravenclaw Secondary. He’s also got a Slytherin Model that comforts Katniss. 

Finnick is a Slytherin/Slytherin and he needs a lot of hugs. 

OODA Cycle

So for any competition, or self defense, the classic author to look at is Colonel John Boyd, who established the OODA loop as the fundamental human cognition for rapid violence. OODA stands for Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act. I’m poking at this with competition now, more than self defense, and I’d say OODA starts before (ideally), you fight your competition. That means Observing their primary strategies and actions (this guy jumps immediately at the gun, this guy waits and positions, this gal wants to close, this gal wants cover and enter, etc), then Orienting (how do I counter the likely response, how do I beat their intent?), and when you enter the ring, Decide on strategy, then Act on it with full force and intent. 

You can use your Provokers in a sudden encounter with someone to find their reactions, to which you will Observe and Orient immediately, then execute your Decision (personal plan of attack) and Action (execution of technique), all in line with the OODA cycle. I’m basically thinking out loud on this topic, but yeah. I need to formalize my strategy going forward, in the sense of a fluid framework into which I can place a variety of situations.

anonymous asked:

I know that you like Nathaniel and me too actually, but I wanted to punch him in the face, when he talked about, how us ravenclaws, don't have the courage to said that we actually griffyndors. Also he dismissed my beautiful ron. That's such a Malfoy thing to do. And I can wait to season 3, jeez, it can't came fast enough.

i understand your anger, but listen. nathaniel isn’t deep into the fandom. he probably doesn’t even know what fandom is – he’s showing up primarily for the source material. and we all know how the source material focuses pretty much on gryffindors and slytherins.
i chalk his comment up to ignorance and not malice – plus, he’s actually reading rebecca really well in that moment. i think that’s the primary function of the observation.

same goes for the “can’t be with cedric if you’re already with ron” comment. i don’t think it’s a dig at the character so much as it’s meant to impress/enamor rebecca. which – again – behold his success. 

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Oh happy, happy day

Today has been amazing for two Star Wars related reasons:

1. #ReyGate

2. My blu-ray of The Force Awakens came early! It’s not officially on sale here until Monday, but the company I ordered it from shipped it early and it arrived today. It’s awesome to see the film again - I have quickly checked out the most important scenes (guess which ones) and they’re just as epic as I recalled from the cinema. (I could play the whole film in my head at this point, but it’s still great to have the real McCoy before my eyeballs again.)

I have a weird habit of watching the dub versions of things I’m super into, as well as the audio description version (we have a different AD track in the UK to the US one). The primary observations I have so far are:

a.) The phrase “broad flamboyant swings” is used to describe Kylo’s lightsaber technique.

b.) The voice of the French dub actor for Kylo is delicious whenever he’s addressing Rey. His voice is substantially less delicious with everyone else. 

mmmcae-deactivated20150924  asked:

Hi, I've been following your blog for a while and I love it. Your posts are always refreshing when they pop up on my dashboard. :) I have a question for you: where do you think negative energy comes from in the universe? If the universe is [supposed] to be a benevolent force, how does 'bad' energy exist?

Thanks sis :) Glad you’re diggin it. 

Firstly, let me quality everything I’m about to say with this: Science is like living in a dream, forgetting it’s a dream, and learning everything there is to know about the dream-world. That science can be utterly and completely true. Yet it has no capacity to tell us anything about what is beyond the scope of the dream. Why? Because we, the scientists, are limited by the primary means of observation, deduction, and reasoning. That primary means is our own consciousness. 

And that’s perfectly okay. Science is meaningful and beautiful. It reflects truth and, most importantly, openness. The willingness to discover what is waiting without preferences as to what it is or should be. 

When you talk about things like energies or a benevolent universe, you’re talking about consciousness. Because when you study the physical sciences, there is no negativity or positivity in the human sense. Only charges, which have no good or bad connotations. 

Nature, and science, is not human-hearted. There is no room for benevolence or malice. Just harmony. The rest lies in our interpretations. 

But consciousness presents a mystery that science has yet to crack. I look forward to the day it does because it will mark a monumental change in both our approaches and our body of understanding. 

So with that in mind, I’ll proceed with just my opinion on this interesting question you pose. 

Maybe there is an objective universe, maybe not. When we dream at night, we experience a very realistic world and presumable universe, yet how real can we say it is?

To say the universe is benevolent or not is to first presume the inherent existence of that universe. Just as you didn’t need to wait billions of years before being born onto this planet, when you dream at night you don’t have to wait for everything to be created and evolve. It’s all just there. 

I’m merely remarking on what is true from our own experience within and as consciousness. This is easily verifiable from your own experience.

Negative energy and positive/benevolent energy exist no where else apart from within your consciousness. Any notions you have of energies and their sensations, universes and planets, societies and identities, all have their roots within your consciousness and nowhere else. Again this is apparent by the way in which different people will have different experiences and perceptions regarding negativity and positivity. 

From a purely spiritual, non-dual perspective, there really is no division or contradistinction between negative and positive energies. 

There is consciousness and there is the consciousness of energies. Energy and consciousness seem like two but are really one. A good metaphor is touching your thumb to your pointer finger. When this happens, sensation arises between them. Yet they are both just part of the hand. Where energy and consciousness meet, the perception and experience of the individual and the world arise. Two from one, as the Ashtavakra Gita says, is the source of all confusion and misery. 

Neither consciousness nor energy are actually separate. 

The horrible things that happen among humans on this planet result from ignorance, not negative energy. Although we could say that negative energy is the mood and flavor of ignorance. 

However, ignorance is not an inherently existent quality or a poison. It’s like a shadow. It seems like it’s something but actually it’s just an absence of light. 

Or, in the classic example, it is a confusion. Someone mistakes a rope to be a snake and so feels incredible fear and negativity. Yet upon examination, the snake is seen to be a rope and that person is released from their previous experience. 

Where were these experiences and energies? In the consciousness of the perceiver. Was the experience of those energies any less real than the experiences we have regarding other supposedly “real” things? No, it was the same. 

Clarity and peace have no opposite. You could just as well mistake a piece of paper on the ground to be a hundred dollar bill and be incredibly excited and positive. Then when you pick it up, you see it was only a piece of paper. The positivity vanishes. 

Clarity is simply the revelation of what is, what always was. Peace is the natural mood in absence of ignorance. 

That is why, in the end, the spiritual way is about something far more vast and subtle than positivity versus negativity. It is the freedom from the Unreal and the bliss of unhindered abidance as reality. 

Just my two cents. 

Namaste sis :) Much love. 

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