Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You

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Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You

Divergent Mind: Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You

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It ends up feeling really "White Feminist" to spend so much time speaking about gender and gender alone. My sensory issues are a big part of my experience as an autistic woman, but it's nowhere near the only one. I'll start with the actual writing itself: definitely needed more editing, topics do not flow well into one another, and the surface level coverage of too many topics ends up feeling disorganized altogether. I loved that Nerenberg explained all of the ways the brain functions out of the norm and how to deal with this. American psychiatry has increasingly taught our society to think that people can be divided into two categories: those who are 'normal' and those who are 'not normal.

I found the author's treatment of the problems that undiagnosed autistic women experience at the hands of psychiatry lacking, especially with respect to race.When we allow our wide variety of brain makeups to flourish, we create a better tomorrow for us all. To start, the author looked at neurodivergences with the most limited view: from the lens of a white cishet woman from a financially privileged background with pretty much no effort to look outside that narrow view. And I'll save my criticisms of treating "Highly Sensitive Person" like an actual diagnosis because oh my god. To access your ebook(s) after purchasing, you can download the free Glose app or read instantly on your browser by logging into Glose.

The most interesting insight contained in the whole book is a couple (un-cited) paragraphs about the design of the environment/architecture as a function of European desires to demonstrate extreme restraint, and how that can be at odds with the optimal contexts for a woman of neurodivergence. The whole book came across, again, as well-meaning, but overall pretty oblivious to neurodivergency (and life in general) outside the bounds of cis-het, affluent whiteness. Her inclusion of Samantha Craft's list of ways that autism can present in women was instrumental for me to recognize it in myself, and am now working to get psychological testing. Ebooks fulfilled through Glose cannot be printed, downloaded as PDF, or read in other digital readers (like Kindle or Nook).

I'm not a woman, but since I spent my first 18 years of my life perceived in all my offline social spheres as a girl, my experiences from then are more like late-diagnosed autistic women's than late-diagnosed autistic men's. Divergent Mind is really for all women, giving them the chance to understand each others’ invisible differences and gifts. Her suggestions for advocating and accommodating for yourself include up and moving to quieter, less stressful neighborhoods; quitting your job; going to the doctor and therapist and psychiatrist and specialist regularly; how to make the offices of corporate America and Silicon Valley more accommodating…essentially, it’s some pretty “meh” advice for people who have money, access to healthcare, and work for companies like Verizon and other big tech companies or architecture firms or universities.

Jenara Nerenberg’s wide-ranging Divergent Mind asks and answers these and other essential questions, offering a vision for how individuals and society can take better advantage of the many ways in which we are human.Overall, as an autistic person, I would not want someone I know to read this book and think that this is representative of my experience. Sharing real stories from women with high sensitivity, ADHD, autism, misophonia, dyslexia, SPD and more, Nerenberg explores how these brain variances present differently in women and dispels widely-held misconceptions (for example, it’s not that autistic people lack sensitivity and empathy, they have an overwhelming excess of it). I was also extremely confused about the focus on 'sensitivity' as if that was the only qualifier for being neurodivergent. I bought the book hoping for lots of ideas of how to manage life in this world however it seemed more of a book about why and how we should advocate for change. This book was a great first step into understanding women who are neurodivergent and how certain women have adapted and struggled because of their “differences”.

Reads as an extremely out of touch hr manual which is especially jarring considering how much passion the author clearly has for the topic. The women who struggle to care for their children because they are overwhelmed and have been given no answers? I feel that the author collected a lot of stories from women that were closer to her economic social circles, which is fine, but I’m very much a working class woman who was looking for more help navigating the struggles I have within my social class, which I didn’t find in this book.

When it comes to women, sensory processing differences are often overlooked, masked, or mistaken for something else entirely. Worth the read but may make you crave for a deeper dive of a book which hopefully is on the way from Jenara or other authors. While some of the earlier chapters in the book gave helpful definitions for different neurodivergencies, I recommend looking into other sources like, you know, Google and Instagram for the same exact information that’s most likely presented in a less privileged manner. As a result, potentially millions live with undiagnosed or misdiagnosed neurodivergences, and the misidentification leads to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and shame. She even mentions the show Atypical at one point (a show that has been criticized for the way it presents autism) to make a point when she could have easily found real-world stories that highlight the danger autistic people face when encountering the police.



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