Thoughts and illustrations on living with Asperger's Syndrome.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Inertia Weevil










What is autistic inertia? Find out more.

16 comments:

  1. This is so true! But I always heard it called procrastination. Or worse, laziness. Sometimes I just can't get the energy to do anything at all. One of my special interests is bellydancing, and I have found that watching a couple of bellydance videos on YouTube will inspire me to move...or even just listening to music that makes me feel energized! Egyptian folk music with its strong rhythms is great or me. Does anyone else use music or their special interest to overcome inertia?

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  2. Hi Raas, autistic inertia is something distinct from laziness or procrastination, as I understand it. It relates to executive function. For instance, we may be motivated to do something, but draw a blank on the steps needed to do it. We may also find it difficult to shift from a low-energy state to high, or vice versa. Here is another link for more info.

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  3. Wow... this explains stuff. I went to the autistic inertia site you listed in the doodle. There were a couple of the questions near the end of it that jumped out at me. The more I learn, the better I feel. The better I feel, the more I learn. Ironic, isn't it?

    Chris

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  4. I know, Chris, you think you know all there is to know about autism, but there is always more!

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  5. Thanks for the link, Matt...funny how I used the exact terms Kalen did, "procrastination" and "laziness".

    I often have trouble with decision making and being overwhelmed too. I freeze up.

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  6. This is an awesome post...it's so important that people know that inertia isn't just laziness. Although I'm starting to think that "lazy" isn't a useful concept at all, since it's inherently demotivating...what's the point of beating yourself up? Anyway, I could use an inertia weevil.

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  7. Thanks, ily - yeah, couldn't we all use one? Someone should develop an Inertia Weevil app.

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  8. How bout an app and a shirt! Or maybe a wristband!! I want an inertia weevil to carry with me!

    Chris

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  9. Recognise myself in this! Find myself asking whether surely everybody fights with inertia (or procrastination/laziness/whatever). Then again, I am at the very beginning of learning to look at my life through an Aspie filter, and beginning also to realise that stuff I assumed to be true of 'everybody', is perhaps more true of 'everybody who is a bit like me, and therefore people I talk to in any kind of detail anyway!'

    Perhaps I can use some of these ideas to stop stalling the stuff I have wanted to get done for aaaaages - like sorting the clutter in this house!

    Thanks, again, for more enlightenment.

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  10. Thanks, Dith - you can do it! Listen to the Weevil! :)

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  11. This is one of the main reasons I keep hoping to get married someday. My "laziness and procrastination" really need to be balanced out with an external force. I think it's why I did so much better in high school than college: My Mum would not leave me alone until I got through my homework!

    ~Violet Black

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    1. Ah yes, one of the benefits of marriage for sure.

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  12. Hi I love your work
    From,
    Potential energy

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  13. Im tired of being tired and fighting stuff. I just want to sleep forever. Also, the live traffic feed is way out, im not from Whitwick in Leicestershire, I am from Loughborough.

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    1. Hang in there, dude - here's a post for you. http://www.dudeimanaspie.com/2011/11/wishing-on-status.html

      Yup, it's not precise, I'm not in Cochranville either.

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