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Contents: Note on Terminology and Pronunciation. Dedications.1. Introduction - The Path of Asperger's Syndrome. 2. Asperger's Syndrome and the Five Hindrances. 3. Starting with Who You Are - How the Easiest Person to Like Can Be You. 4. Seeing the Truth - How to Control Mind Proliferation and Others as They Really Are. 5. Gaining Insight from Those Around Me - How Insight Can Strengthen One's Awareness. 6. Worrying in an Anxiety-Driven World - How to Curb Tendency to Worry through Curtailing Stress and Anxiety. 7. Curtailing Feelings of Anger and Frustration - How to Control and Respond to Anger Effectively. 8. Discipline and Routine - How to Maintain Discipline within Routine, Including Managing Changes. 9. Developing Tolerance - How to Develop Acceptance of and Openness towards Others without Resorting to Naivety. 10. Measuring Success and Goal-Setting - How to Measure Success Realistically and Achieve without Distancing Ourselves from Truth. 11. Facing and Coping with Suffering - How to Manage Feelings of Suffering (Dukkha) through Reflection. 12. Finding Balance in Mindfulness and Concentration - How to Take Responsibility of One's Own World and Recognise the World Others Live Within. 13. Overcoming the Hindrances - How a Person with Asperger's Syndrome Can Overcome Difficulties Associated with the Five Hindrances through Recognition of the Five Spiritual Faculties. 14. Epilogue - University Reunion.
Illuminating and understanding the experience of an ASD diagnosis through the teachings of Buddhism
Chris Mitchell was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in 1998, when he was 20 years old. Having completed an MA (Hons) in Information and Library Management, he currently works at Durham County Council. He is an active advocate for raising awareness of the positive aspects of AS, giving talks, seminars and workshops throughout the UK. He also offers mentoring and support services for school leavers and students entering higher education with AS. Chris has written an autobiography of his own experience of AS, entitled Glass Half-Empty, Glass Half-Full: How Asperger's Syndrome Has Changed My Life and practices meditation in his spare time.