Who does Jane Vivian think she is?

I was asked by a Facebook friend if I could help her with her assignment. She must only be a Facebook friend because the assignment says she must not interview friends, as can be seen in the image below.

ASSIGNMENT: An image of Jane Vivian's assignment
ASSIGNMENT: An image of Jane Vivian’s assignment

This is how I replied to Jane Vivian’s request:

Hi Jane,

I see this is a case study. I would much prefer being the “professional working in the SEN field” than “an adult who has SEN”. We can still do it on a “reflexive” way – you asking about how challenging it has been for me being a professional in SEN while having a SEN. I recommend this book:

http://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Reflexive-Researcher-Selves-Research/dp/1843102595/ref=sr_1_1?tag=jonathanbishop-20

It might be more interesting for your tutor to do this interview with me – I am not willing to be portrayed as a “victim” if you know what I mean? 🙂

Jonathan

This is how Jane Vivian responded to my reply:

Hi Jonathan

I’m afraid my tutor will not be able to do this with you as I’m doing the degree not him.

I don’t feel I would have portrayed you or anyone as a victim, and it saddens me you should think that about me.

Thank you for your recommendation .

As you have so little faith in me maybe we should not pursue this, thank you for your frank reply.

Kind Regards

Jane Vivian

This is how I relied to Jane Vivian’s response to my reply:

Please accept the following revision:

It might be more interesting for your tutor, in terms of marking the assignment, for you to do this interview with me as an expert – I am not willing to be portrayed as a “victim” if you know what I mean, and the way the assignment is written would suggest I would be? 🙂

Regards,

Jonathan
P.S. Do you understand emoticons like 🙂 which means people are being kind? ;-/

This is how Jane Vivian responded to my reply to Jane Vivian’s response to my reply:

Jonathan,

Yes I  think you’ll find I do understand basic emotions .

I wont portray anyone as a victim ,that’s not my agenda.

I have decided not to pursue this with you and someone else has volunteered their help with the case study .

Best wishes to you for the future.

Jane Vivian

This is how I replied to Jane Vivians’ response to my reply to Jane Vivian’s response to my reply:

Jane,

I think you must suffer from undiagnosed and unaccommodated empathism.

It must be difficult for you not being able to maintain relationships if people upset you. I do feel sorry for people like you.

As yet there is no known cure for empathism, but it is know to affect the majority of people.

People with empathism have difficulty telling others about how they really feel, and as a result break off friendships over the most minor of things.

I suggest you seek help for it – it must be difficult having unaccommodated needs.

Jonathan

This is how Jane Vivian  responded to my reply to Jane Vivians’ response to my reply to Jane Vivian’s response to my reply:

Okie dokie , I’ll take your sympathy and diagnosis and put it where it belongs  my dear. Cheerio . And thanks for removing me of fb saved me a job. 😀 . See now that’s a happy face honey 😀

Jane Vivlan

In relation to that last response, as someone who seems myself as autistic that is exactly how I feel! I don’t want people to feel sorry for my personality. Those people who feel sorry for my personality are the problem!

I don’t want any so-called “special treatment” because of my personality, I wan’t to be treated equally by being treated differently!

Regardless of my personality, I am the same as everyone else. We all have things that get in the way of us succeeding – In Jane Vivian’s case it is not being able to be friends with people she feels upset by, even if it was her mistake of assuming bad faith that led her to making herself upset.

As you can see above, I tried my best to account for the specific needs that arise out of Jane Vivian being empathic and assuming bad faith. But there was little I could do to help Jane Vivian, because her empathic spectrum disorder is so severe that she was not able to respond to the adjustments I tried to make to accommodate her undiagnosed condition.

Why people with autism shouldn’t feel disabled

There are these things called ‘Social Stories,’ which are designed to help people with autism understand how they might offend others. I think these social stories should be used to explain to the people who get offended, who I call empathics who suffer from empathism, why they are making themselves disabled by lacking relationship skills – let’s call them ‘Relationship Stories’ in this case.

You did very well – Part 1

Empathic to Autistic: You did every well with your speech.

Autistic: Yes, I know, I thought I was good.

Empathic: [Offended]

You did not do your best – Part 1

Autistic to Empathic: I didn’t think that was the best speech you’ve ever done.

Empathic: [Offended]

You did not do your best – Part 2

Empathic to Autistic : I don’t think that was the best speech you’ve ever done.

Autistic: I thought it was the best one ever.

Empathic: [Offended]

You did very well – Part 2

Autistic to Empathic: I think that was the best speech you’ve ever done.

Empathic: It wasn’t that good.

Autistic: You could be right.

Empathic: [Offended]

Question: Who is the most disabled?

Is it the autistic person with a ‘physical or mental impairment that has an adverse long term impact on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities‘ or is it the empathic? Should autistic people be ostracised for giving a fair, balanced and accurate account of a situation, rather than be offended at everything anyone says like empathics suffering from empathism do? In all of the situations above, autistic people would not get offended by one another for giving their honest opinion and in fact, the autistic people would be more likely to probe the person giving the feedback empathics find offensive so they know what to do next time.

The Psychopathology of Empathy – A disorder killing humankind

Many people say having autism is a disablity – They could be right, as being denied opportunities because others cannot easy communicate or appreciate your point of view is disabling.

When Hans Asperger used the term ‘autism’ he was referring to a particular aspect of schizophrenia that causes social impairment. This is why I laughed the other day when so called research claimed a link between autism and schizophrenia – the link is only there because Hans Asperger defined it!

But, being autistic is not a disability – in many cases it is an advantage. I would say being empathic can cause a worse kind of autism – one that damages relationships rather than makes then easier to repair. I would argue that autism therefore can come from either having an empathic personality or an autistic one. The fact that people who claim to have empathy say they cannot understand autistic people proves they have autism – an impairment in ones ability to communicate with others and see their point of view.

Empathics can have some major flaws that autistics don’t have:

  • They need to “get to know someone” before entering into dialogue with them. Autistics can speak to anyone and treat them equally however short or long their relationship.
  • They seek out people who have “things in common” with them; such as same race, same interests, same party. Autistics like being individuals and different.
  • They attack people who are different from them even if they agree with them inside or would do the same thing as them in the same situation, just because they are in a different group or other faction to them. Autistics on the other hand have an internal consistency, they are not afraid to tell others they disapprove of their actions because they are in the same faction, not say they approve of others who are in a different faction if they honestly think so.
  • They will break rules or codes of ethics because they feel sorry for someone who would face a fair detriment from them, or will ignore them if someone will face an unfair detriment if that means one of their friends or other members of a faction they are in won’t face a fair detriment. Autistic people on the other hand will follow the rules, providing they think they are fair to everyone.
  • They will find it difficult to understand the theory of mind of those from different cultures or with different beliefs to them. Autistics on the other hand, because they see things from their point of view, can easily “map on” different cultures to their worldview by consciously seeing how others a different to them, both as individuals and a group. Empathics need to be around people similar to them whereas Autistics do not.

So as you can see there is a clear type of ‘empathic spectrum disorder‘ (ESD) in the world today, which can cause ‘autism’ as much as autistic spectrum conditions (ASC). Someone with an ESD might let off a murder if they are on a jury, even if they believe they are guilty, because they feel sorry for them. There was a highly publicised case in UK where a juror, Joanne Fraill, contacted the defendants in drugs trial, causing the £6m case to collapse, the Guardian reports.

Does Joanne Fraill, a juror who contacted defendants in a drugs trial, suffer from an empathic spectrum disorder? Courtesy: The Guardian

A nurse or doctor with an ESD might not expose a colleague’s mal-practice because they will be concerned about betraying them, which would mean one or more members of the public could be harmed. On a number of occasions in the last year where a member of staff at an organisation has done something wrong, the manager, a colleague or someone in an allied profession has stuck up for them, without considering the whole facts. ESDs get in the way of a fair and just society based on objectivity and merit. They are probably a worse impairment than an ASC, as they lead people to divide one another and not unite and tolerate one another.