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Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's von [Robison, John Elder]
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*Starred Review* If one looked at only Robison's impish sense of humor (he once ordered a blow-up sex doll to be delivered to his junior-high-school teacher—at school), or his success as a classic-car restorer, it might be impossible to believe he has the high-functioning form of autism spectrum disorder called Asperger's syndrome. Clues abound, however, in his account of a youth encompassing serious inability to make and keep friends; early genius at pyrotechnics, electronics, and math; and pet names such as Poodle for his dog and Snort and Varmint for his baby brother. Much later, he calls his wife Unit Two. It is easy to recognize these telltale traits today, but Robison went undiagnosed until he was 40. In the 1960s, he was variously labeled lazy, weird, and, worse, sociopathic. Consequently, his childhood memories too often read like a kid's worst nightmares. Not only did his parents fail to understand the root of his socialization problems but they were also virtually as dysfunctional as the pair Augusten Burroughs portrays in Running with Scissors (2002). 'Nough said? Not nearly. Robison's memoir is must reading for its unblinking (as only an Aspergian can) glimpse into the life of a person who had to wait decades for the medical community to catch up with him. Chavez, Donna


"John has a life that is humanity's version of extreme sport. Even without the Asperger's he would have had an appalling childhood ... This is no misery memoir, however. He is a gifted storyteller with a deadpan sense of humour and the book is a rollicking read" (The Times)

"Of course it's brilliant; my big brother wrote it. But even if it hadn't been created by my big, lumbering, swearing, unshaven "early man" sibling, this is a sweet and funny and sad and true and heartfelt a memoir as one could find, utterly unspoiled, uninfluenced, and original" (Augusten Burroughs)

"John Robison's book is an immensely affecting account of a life lived according to his gifts rather than his limitations. His story provides ample evidence for my belief that individuals on the autistic spectrum are just as capable of rich and productive lives as anyone else" (Daniel Tammet, author of BORN ON A BLUE DAY)

"Deeply felt and often darkly funny, Look Me in the Eye is a delight" (People magazine)

"It's a fantastic life story (highlights include building guitars for KISS) told with grace, humor, and a bracing lack of sentimentality" (Entertainment News)


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  • Dateigröße: 643 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 306 Seiten
  • Verlag: Ebury Digital (19. Januar 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00351YESA
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  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.5 von 5 Sternen 2 Kundenrezensionen
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Wenn man nach 50 Jahren mit Erleichterung die Erklärungen für viele Vorfälle der in Kindheit, Jugend und auch bis heute vorkommenden "Seltsamkeiten" erhält, nachdem man sein Leben auch ohne die Diagnose "Asperger" gemeistert hat, hilft es einem zwar nicht weiter im Selbstverständnis (eher warum die "anderen" einen nicht verstanden haben), aber es tut einfach gut nicht alleine zu sein mit seinem komischen Gehirn.
Früher dachte man sich, man sei eben einzigartig und lernte eben damit zu leben, (ja sogar sich zu zwingen, den Leuten mal in die Augen zu sehen, ächts) aber heute finde ich es schön Leute mit ähnlichen Lebensereignissen gefunden zu haben: John Elder Robison ist einer von Ihnen und man findet sich selbst leicht wieder, wenn man seine Memoiren ließt.
Für Nicht-Aspies oder Leute mit Kindern die diese Art Informationen zu verarbeiten (denn es ist KEINE KRANKHEIT) sicher auch ein nützliches Buch. Wie die deutsche Übersetzung ist, kann ich nicht sagen, aber im Original ist es mal schön mal schrecklich wie oft man sich dort wiederfindet. Ich konnte gar nicht aufhören zu lesen...
Zitat: "It took a long while for me to get to this place, to lern who I am. My days of hiding in the corner or crawling under a rock are over. I am proud to be an Aspergian."
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I have worked with some Aspergians and reading this book made me understand so many things I did not at the time. I wish I'd read it sooner.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen An insightful memoir marred by too much technical detail on electronics and mechanics. 25. Januar 2017
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I enjoyed this book. Robison had difficulty all of his life relating to people, emotions, social situations. He was incredibly gifted in understanding electronics and math, but normal conversations baffled him. It wasn't until he was 40 yrs old that he was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome - a form of autism. In this memoir he recounts his awkward childhood, few friends, the butt of jokes, being bullied. Even though he tested far above his schoolmates in intelligence, he dropped out of school before graduating. His home life was chaos, with an alcoholic father and a mother with mental issues. His expertise in electronics led to small jobs fixing amplifiers for local rock bands, and finally as the electronics special-effects guy for the band KISS. He entered the corporate world helping design inter-active games and early video games, but finally left when he was promoted to management and didn't like it (managing people was difficult, he was not able to use his hands and expertise, and the rat-race stress was too much). He went back to mechanics and opened a luxury car repair business. The parts of the memoir where he discusses his feelings and frustrations about relationships, and the Asperger's-related issues, are very good. But (as other reviewers have noted) there is way too much technical stuff about retrofitting fire-breathing guitars and designing games. Overall, a good memoir, if you can kind of scan over the super-techie parts.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A must read for anyone who is trying to understand Asperger's! 5. April 2016
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John Elder, you are awesome for what you have overcome! We have a seven year old (also named John) who was diagnosed a few months ago. Trouble in school, self hate and other things are big things already. This memoir opened my eyes to an understanding of what we are dealing with on a daily basis; his anxiety; his lack of understanding at others expressions in speech, and body language; his frustration with other people not understanding his point the first time (He hates explaining things to "stupid" people). THANK YOU for sharing your story, it is amazing to see the hope of a bright future, the perseverance of someone who kept on trying new things and learned to work through difficulties and find a measure of satisfaction with life in spite of emotional and social adversity. People who read this book need to be sure and read the Preface and Prologue as they are an essential part of the book, as well. I read cover to cover with a pencil, marked it up with points to review and then went back and read the entire thing again.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good insight for Aspergerians 19. Juli 2016
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I have a young son who is 4 years old. He is atypical but very subtle when you meet him. Most people think his "traits" (sensitivity to sound, late potty train, echoing (repetitions of words), delay lack of communication flapping of arms when excited, lack of play with others) will be outgrown eventually. However, highly intelligent recognize letters and counts to 200 at age 2, reads, writes, spells, memorize downloadable from videos at age 2 1/2 years. As with motherly instincts, I insisted to the pediatrician that I need to see specialists which with persistency eventually happened. So with his second follow up in a few weeks with a child's developmental specialists, I decided to do some research by reading and watching videos of Aspergers. I don't know what the results will be with my son but at least I can be more knowledgeable about this topic.
This gives you understanding of how Aspergerians deal with social aspects, why they do what they do and that despite this condition (NOT a disease), they can still have a family, career....a fulfilling life. The only part that I didn't really care for is the details of his interests (experiments, pyrotechnics, trains). It was a bit boring to me but after reading this book, you will understand why. Overall, I think families should look into this book as a way to understand the perception of this way of life.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One man's struggle for acceptance, and a diagnosis that changes everything 28. April 2015
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A few of my friends have been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome--a form of autism that largely affects communication and socialization with people, and for a while now, I've started to suspect that I might be an "Aspergian" as well, as I also exhibit some of the traits associated with the diagnosis. After seeing this memoir reccommended by a librarian friend, I decided to give it a look, and came away with a whole new perspective and understanding of Aspergers, and the people who are affected by it.

Ever since childhood, John Elder Robison longed to connect with other people, but his odd habits, like blurting out random thoughts, avoiding eye contact, and smiling when one would usually frown, had earned him the label “social deviant.” It wasn't until he was forty that he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, and that new understanding transformed the way he saw himself, as well as the world. From dealing with his parents' abusive habits and struggles with alchohol and mental illness, to pranking everyone in the neighborhood, to developing exploding guitars for KISS and building a family of his own, his life story is both sad, bitter sweet, as well as triumphant, as he learns to connect with the rest of society and be accepted for who and what he is.

I haven't read too many memoirs up to this point, but none the less, John's life story is one that anyone, whether you have autism or not, can easily relate to and connect with, as he struggles to understand what makes him "different" from everyone else, and find his place in the world. The way he can make up stories on the spot are always hilarious (in particular, the story he spins about garbage men to confuse and horrify the stuck up, snooty guests at a party he was forced to attend), and the chapters focusing on his time working with KISS was really interesting. I had no clue that virtually one guy was largely responsible for all their most famous stage show stunts and effects. And the final couple chapters, in which he discusses making peace with his parents, and urges the readers to show a bit more compassion and understanding to those we'd class as "weird" or "different" is nothing short of tear jerking.

Whether you have some kind of diability or handicap or not, this is one story that I feel everyone should take the time to read, as it sheds a light on the importance of tollerance and acceptance for social outcasts and misfits; told through the eyes of someone who's lived a long and rough, but very interesting life.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Very enlightening about the disease 17. Oktober 2013
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I have a grandson that has Aspergers Syndrome. This story really gives you an idea of what it is like for the person with the syndrome. It explains of his problems when very young and how he adapted over the years. My grandson is 14 now and is able to attend public school but, Aspergers people are not good with social skills. Yet, we are finding out that he has a photographic memory and is excellent in math. This book tells me what my grandson is going through in life. We are starting to see some areas that he will blossom in time. It is up to us to accept where he is and work with him. Really enjoyed the story

Wanted to add to my last review. This last year my grandson has really excelled in another area -- baseball. He was selected for a USA team to go to Costa Rica and play. Did very well. Still problems with social skills but he is accepted by others because of the qualities in his math and memory work. Now, sports has made him a star with almost a 600 batting average. Home run king. I wonder if his ability to concentrate helps him to play baseball and hit the pitched balls. At age five we say his problems but now at 14 we are seeing his abilities stand out. Bill Gates had Aspergers.
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