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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The women who struggle to care for their children because they are overwhelmed and have been given no answers? Since the book is about Gender and neurodivergence, I don't expect a deep dive on Race and ADHD/Autism however given how recently this work was published I find the sparse mentioning of race to be inadequate. The author names problems, and gives systemic solutions, but no practical advice for the individual on the small scale. This book left me wondering who exactly this book was written for, the individual neurodivergent, or for those who have the power to enact systemic change? I was also extremely confused about the focus on 'sensitivity' as if that was the only qualifier for being neurodivergent.

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. My hope is that this thought process continues to push society to think outside the box - less Dustin Hoffman's "Rain Man" or even Jim Parsons' Sheldon and more nuanced (and not necessarily male).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. If this book were published prior to the Black Lives Matter movement's founding rather than in 2020, I might have let that slide. Ebooks fulfilled through Glose cannot be printed, downloaded as PDF, or read in other digital readers (like Kindle or Nook). I agree with a lot of people who are slightly put off with this book because it doesn’t really dive deep enough into different types of neurodivergent women who fall into these spectrums. 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.

It isn't a "new study", as one of the back blurbs describes it - not in the sense of a scientific study. Divergent Mind is really for all women, giving them the chance to understand each others’ invisible differences and gifts. 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. But that's fine, because it is MUCH more useful than that to a reader who wants an easy-to-digest summary of a lot of recent work in understanding neurodivergence particularly as it manifests in womenBetween a flawed system that focuses on younger, male populations, and the fact that girls are conditioned from a young age to blend in, women often don’t learn about their neurological differences until they are adults, if at all. 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. 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. ACT Contact / FAQ About Events / Videos Merch / Subs Sign in/up Divergent Mind : Thriving in a World That Wasn't Designed for You Nerenberg, Jenara More by this author. Joel Salinas of Harvard Neurology, author Maya Dusenbery, Angel Kyodo Williams, Lissa Rankin, NYTimes bestselling author Bill Hayes, designer Scott Belsky of 99U and numerous others.

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). The author's passing endorsement of training cops about ways autistic traits can look like disobedience feels especially ignorant, given the amount of young autistic Black men and women who have been arrested or assaulted by police who knew they were autistic. For example there are a lot of interviews about women who work in tech or academia who have found their niche within their company and it has brought out the best in them and their neurodivergencies.

Mirror Neurons are a staple of bonding and evolution, if you don't have mirror neurons firing off you gonna have big problems. 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.

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