By Chris Goodchild
This fantastically illustrated, relocating and revelatory e-book will motivate readers to work out that it is usually that which supplies us the private sorrow in existence that may carry us the best pleasure. 'Welcome to my international. i've got autism. 'But A Painful reward isn't approximately my autism. it really is concerning the fight to be actually ourselves on the earth. To be absolutely human, to the touch humans and to be touched by way of humans in go back. 'Autism is a blessing, a talented method of seeing the area. it's also deeply misunderstood. there's a lot speak of discovering a remedy for autism, however it is simply our lack of ability to simply accept distinction that cries out to be remedied. 'Although autism is a present, it may be a painful reward. i've got shared my woundedness in complete so you may be given the power to deliver to gentle your woundedness. nice love and nice ache are a part of the non secular trip. discomfort cannot merely holiday us down, it may additionally holiday us open. This publication is a pilgrimage of the brain to the center and is an affidavit to the truth that it isn't the absence of disorder that makes us who we're, yet our faithfulness in adversity that's the deeper degree. 'My inner most prayer is that each one who learn this publication can be encouraged to work out that it's always that which provides us the private sorrow in lifestyles that may deliver us the best joy.' Christopher Goodchild
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I feel so cut off from my body. I ache to feel the unity of my mind and body. My soul cries out for tenderness. The experience of psychotherapy enabled me to develop self-awareness, empathy and compassion, which helped me to understand the ideas of reciprocity and forgiveness which had been alien concepts before. I found my anger’s rightful home; I continued to grieve my losses and found new ways of expressing myself. After years of struggle with anxiety and dissociative disorders, my body was aching for a way of being in the world where it would not be so compromised.
I was also very susceptible to being flooded by people telling me their concerns because of my contemplative exterior and, besides that, because I find it so difficult to express my needs when someone is speaking fast, or constantly moving or waving their hands about. In the company of such people, I would often feel used up, and get stuck like a computer ‘freezing’. Even though there was the support and comfort of the no cross-talk rule, I still had to program myself in order to express my thoughts and feelings within the four minutes we were allowed.
I suppose this was a honeymoon period in my life – I was young, free and meeting people on my terms. I was convinced that if I devoted more time to the process of psychotherapy and self-help meetings, I would find I could overcome my difficulties and find greater freedom of expression and love. I really believed that I was just two or three steps or a few more primal episodes away from lasting happiness – if I kicked and screamed a few more times I would be free. Then something happened which changed my life for ever.