Monday, 8 October 2007

Passion or Obsession



What is your passion? (What, not who!)
I love books, my mother - wild plants and my father -rocks!

In autistic people it is called an obsession, compulsion or repetitive behaviour. Mainly because it can get in the way of doing other things. But how many of you have tried to have a quick surf on the internet and got carried away, not realising the time?

In autism it is suggested that these obsessions are for sensory stimulation, like rocking or hand flapping. But I enjoy good sensory stimulation to!! Don’t you?!

Or its suggested it is to reduce sensory stimulation, i.e. focusing on a small part of something (in Cs case, his thumb nail).

And it can be used as a coping strategy for dealing with stress and anxiety, to block the outside world out. C puts his fingers in his ears and hums. I like a glass of wine, ( I only drink one unit a week!!) and I make rugs.

So what is your passion or obsession?

42 comments:

Chris H said...

My passions used to be potting (making coffee mugs, bowls, ornaments and teaching it to adults).. now I am ashamed to say it is probably blogging! And shopping. And exercise when I can.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

My passion is definitely writing. My obsession, however, is my daughter's welfare.

She, on the other hand, is obsessed with long hair. Her support worker has to wear her hair up because on the few occasions it has been down, Amy has got no work done for being completely mesmerised by the teacher's hair!!

Crystal xx

Elissa said...

My passion is reading - I particularly love uplifting and inspiring books.
And my son definitely gets his OCD traits from me! What am I obsessed with? - avoiding germs and dirt (yes, I'm a constant hand washer), and my family will say my computer.

Milkmaid said...

I agree with elissa, my family would say my computer, but actually my obsession is my family, my passion is my garden and the house, where exactly does passion end and obsession begin, a fine line I suspect!!

Suffolkmum said...

Books and writing. But I can very easily be obsessive - there's definitely some OCD behaviour lurking in our family.

Chopski said...

I can't have the radio on in the car unless the volume is on a even number. I try and leave it on an odd number but can't!?!

Elissa said...

chopski, you've brought out more of my OCD behaviours from the closet!! I'll put my hand up for even number obsession - radio and television.
casdok, this is dangerous!
xx

PI said...

At this moment in time it's writing - fortuitously.

Suzy said...

Obsession rules for me- writing, my work at a university which I love and of course my dogs- completely obsessive about them. They are my family.

XOXO
Suzy

Linda and her Surroundings said...

Internet.
Books.
Controlling what I eat.

buffalodickdy said...

Cooking. It started as a stress reliever over 25yrs ago, and has become my main hobby. I enjoy the movement with purpose, and the enjoyment of the food by others when I'm done.

Beth said...

Reading books and writing - as well as the joy I get from doing both, they also provide a means of coping with stress and an escape!

Patti said...

Thanks for visiting me today...I haven't blogged about it but coincidentally I have been invited to be on an advisory board for a group of parents that advocates for autistic children.
We have only had one meeting so far.

I'll be back to read more of your writing ~

Shrink Wrapped Scream said...

Yes, passions are just passions, aren't they? It only seems an obsession to an outsiders eye. In autism, most of us are outsiders. The joy my boy finds in watching the ferry depart from harbour each evening is a sight to see. (smile)

BBC said...

They have changed over the years, I've outgrown building and driving races cars. Outgrown wandering over the country in an 18 wheeler.

Currently they are research, writing, getting new experiences that gives me new insights, struggling with the problems of the world. Getting away from it all at times.

Oh, and the delusion that I could change the world with a blog where I showed others all that is in my mind.

It sounds like you drink a lot of wine? Well, that's okay with me, I think it helps keep a scrambled brain in order so that it isn't miss firing too much.

One has to find just the right amount to drink though, or it takes them in a wrong direction. Hugs

BBC said...

Oh, and being with a woman that can get away from her brain, is spiritually connected with me as I undress her and then give her a sensuous full body massage with lotion before we sex each others brains out. Yeah, I obsess about that a lot. It would be a pleasant way to spend a few hours. :-)

Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!! said...

Food without a doubt is my obsession which I've turn into passion. Instead of eating all the bad crap that makes you fat, I now enjoy creating healthier, yummier food.

Randy said...

If I get really nerved up, I tend to either go online way too long or clean house obsessively.

Speaking of stimming, I used to stand and spin to music I liked. Pretty autistic, no?

abstractjenn said...

Painting is my passion my obsession right is to finish my psychology degree (last semester!)

DJ Kirkby said...

I write and read obessivly and when I am stressed I rub soft things. No that is a lie, the truth is that I rub soft things as often as I can!

bodran... said...

Obsessions i don't have any, i go through phases that may last monthes. I overcame the obsessive cleaning one pretty Quick!! i brush my teeth alot..Passions are or is, is Being outside doing anything, I love having fires and sleeping outside, reading etc etc........... I'm hopeless at Lymerics so i've handed the job to colon, have you had a go yet xxx

Rachelle said...

Reading definitely.

When I was young, and all the abusive crap was going on, I used to count everything. Everything had to be in even numbers too.
I remember getting in big trouble once because my mom told me to stop shaking the milk jug, but I hadn't gotten to an even number yet, so I shook it some more!

Having my brother be autistic and growing up around it, I realize now, as I can look back on myself as a child, I have many autistic traits as well.

With obsession comes addiction as well, and I have been through all that... boy, oh boy.

I agree about stimming to block out the world. Reading, writing, blogging and watching the telly are all ways I 'stim' :))
Slainte~
Rachelle

Eileen said...

I so wish I could say I was obsessive about walking on the treadmill.....but I am obsessive about my girls being OK, my writing and books, books and more books. I am passionate about my family of course, but also my beautiful friendships and the children I work with.
XOXO

Andrea said...

Just wanted to drop by and say, "Thanks, Shrek's Mom" for leaving your comment at my blog (We Can Do). As you can see from my blog, issues relating to disabled people in developing countries is a passion of mine!

Jill said...

I like the way you descrive autism!! You make it way more simpler than the book.
My obsession of the moment?? It is dated from May 2006. It is karate. Good for the mind, body and soul... And it chance my world around.

Casdok said...

Thank you!
Yes the books make it sound more scarey than it actually is!

MOTHER OF MANY said...

Eating carbs and drawing and painting.

Nancy said...

I could be Linda's (way^^^^up there)clone ...
internet, books and controlling my eating.

I have finally succeeded in losing over 40lbs this year after a lifetime of yo-yo dieting. I did the obvious, Weight Watchers and will never go back to any crazy eating/dieting again. I feel good health wise and about myself ....finally!

Casdok said...

Well done!
Good on you!

Odat said...

Thanks for the visit...I love what your name stands for!!!

My obsession is stain glass making...once I start a piece I usually can't stop until it's finished.....
Peace

Big Dutch said...

Now firstly, define one unit of wine per week. How does one measure a unit of wine? Would that be a semi-truck full, a wine barrel (one unit, can be subdivided)? Or am I just and ignorant American? Oh, by the way, strictly red wine for me, white only if it's sparkling. Oh, the bubbles and what they do to me!

I have many passions, but the two that have lasted my entire life and are still things I can feel passionate about are film and music. I am somewhat literate in both. Being an American, I have my tendencies, but am well-versed in some foreign-film genres (a little "Zatoichi", anyone?) and fairly well versed in perhaps some more obscure British rock and roll groups from the 60's and 70's (a little Barclay James Harvest, anyone?). In my old age (47), I listen mainly to alternative music and lean more toward foreign film than domestic.

Now beer, bourbon, conversation, writing, cooking, and something I'm out of practice on, sex, all qualify as other passions, but not necessarily lesser passions depending on the context.

Dr. Deb said...

Great post. Informative as usual. The hyperfocus that I can get lost in are writing, music and reading.

violet_yoshi said...

(Speaking like Cheese from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends) I like vidddeeeoooo gaaammmeeesss.

julia said...

My obsession is my stories. Turning them into a form where others can share them is my passion.

BBC said...

I have this sense that when I do my post on your favorite subject that I won't be saying anything that you have not already picked up on.

Only that I will pass on an awareness of it through my blog. But that is okay, my blog isn't about me. It's about,,,, everything. Hugs.

Marla Fauchier Baltes said...

I would have to say Maizie has an obsession with putting things in rows and goes from topic to topic until she is worn out on it. Right now it is mummies and still Dolly Parton. She is trying to fall asleep while watching Dolly in concert right now. So sweet. My passion is photography and blogging. Both feel more like an addiction sometimes. I hate going anywhere without my camera. I feel naked without it.

Jade said...

My greatest passion at the moment is my job. Well...jobS consisting of work in the social work field and also working children with autism and their families. These jobs energize me in ways I never thought possible and I am constantly learning more about my work, myself, and humanity. Those are my passions :-D

craig andrew said...

Process is my obsession/passion. Like a little boy taking apart the lawn mower, I break everything down into basic elements and try to understand it all as a process.

Sometimes, it gets really complex and requires more brain than I got... so, I have developed a process to look at something large in my mind in little sections; like looking at something through a microscope.

C:)

Jill said...

I did seee it during my teacher studies, and it was not cleared like you made it!!

Tera said...

My son's obsession is money...he can spend hours upon hours counting it, feeling it, running it through his fingers. And stealing it when he HAS to have it...

Mine...yum, hot, strong coffee. I drink far too much, but it hits the spot every time. And, I alos love, love, love holidays...all the planning, the work, and the rewards of seeing satisfied "customers".

Jenni said...

My passions are nature and books (particularly Steinbeck). When I am feeling stressed, I take a walk and make an effort to slow down and look at small details. Focusing on a tiny mushroom, wildflower, rock, or the pattern in tree bark is very calming. I also search the gravel bar by the river for broken glass and fossils, then bring them home and carefully wash them. The slow search for items, the warm water and repetitive motions of washing are very soothing.

Canvas Grey said...

Oh I think you hit the nail on the head with this one! We ALL do it now and again. Everyone has their ways of coping. I like to think of me and mine as non-conformists as I will NOT be embarassed and sometimes will stim with my son briefly to gain contact and connection with him. He teaches me so much! I'm blessed!