This post is the tenth in a series discussing corruption in the King Country and it shares advice for those trying to understand things within the region that are weird, or different and indicate psychiatric issues. I explain how uniquenesses within humans need to be understood properly in order to understand our conflicts. It’s not a panacea and it’s not a simple matter but for the astute it may help. Enjoy.
The experiences I’ve had engaging with Taumarunui’s leadership over the last year or two have stretched my patience but also given me cause to appreciate past experiences dealing with psychiatric issues.
At the get-go, I wish to make two things clear:
- Even though I have had a lot of experience dealing with what I call uniquenesses, I am not a shrink. Furthermore even professionals do not agree and can find it tricky to get things right;
- I do not use the phrase “Psychiatric issues” as a criticism, indeed the opposite is the case. I wish understanding to occur as the result of my words.
So my history is with personal experience coming to terms with the psychiatric. Experienced in dealing with conflict (you get that with my way of seeing and doing things and in my business!) it took me a while to see and understand how the influence of psychiatric issues played into conflict. Actually conflict resolution is just as important!
Things can get a little hairy at times . . .
Gravitating to Alt Currencies
A lot of the people I investigate are surrounded by conflict. Some of that is because I create it by standing for truth when deceivers (and in this sense those with different takes on reality are simply fighting against objective reality) present things differently. Clients or people with needs will often struggle with others who are different. People who think differently often end up in conflict situations. One of the areas of my specialization is the alternative currency space, and the commercial barter industry is populated by many people with aptitude to see things differently. Their focus on self and often skills in being able to think laterally endear them to bartering. The industry is full of those who suffer with conditions on the Asperger’s/Autism scale.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is a spectrum, not a specific illness. It is a genetic affliction that has dozens of different symptoms, not all present in all sufferers. Just like you can be legally blind but still see shapes or blurred images, so too you can be “high functioning” and supposedly ‘normal’ yet suffer from ASD to some degree. Likewise you can be severely afflicted with ASD and operate at an imbecile’s level of human interaction. Asperger’s Syndrome has also been renamed and re-categorised internationally too.
I’ve written about this off and on over the years, most recently in relation to the Colin Craig vs Cameron Slater conflict but it’s tricky to talk about because you don’t want to ping others unduly but you know that something is ‘up’. The danger is that when simplified the diagnosis can be hurtful lumping all people together into one label. It’s like saying, “Oh he’s a Maori!” or “She’s just a blonde!” stereotyping into certain negatives.
There are specific clues that can be used to determine if psychiatric issues come into play – ASD conditions are usually genetic, thus they are generally inherited – if say a man’s father is known to have had social difficulties then it will be likely that they too will have had a form of ASD. If their children too have Autism then you can be very sure that ASD is a factor.
Social interaction abnormalities abound, particularly shamelessness or misunderstanding. If someone looks after their own interests excessively, or doesn’t “get it” when others are trying to have their say, especially when a sufferer is known to be a ‘good person’ in other times/places this can be a smoking gun indicator of the psychiatric issues I’m talking about. The way I describe this sometimes is that someone can be self-centered but not selfish.
The incidences of ASD have risen in recent decades for two reasons that I am aware of – first, increased awareness through improved medical diagnosis – in the old days someone was just ‘loopy or nuts’ and locked away, whereas now we work hard to identify the core issue medically. But secondly the ASD conditions are indeed more prevalent. Even in my lifetime I have noted an increase in incidences of ASD related conditions. I’m certain that ASD is induced from some vaccinations – yes, I know that this is contested and that BS exists on both sides of the ‘debate’ but it is clear to me that ASD can be triggered from lifestyle choices. The Amish have proved this, with zero ASD – totally none!
Like many other places, the King Country has people in leadership with ASD related issues. I alone, even as a relative newbie to the town can identify two senior leaders that I know of, one with behaviour and circumstances typical of Autism and another with that of Asperger’s.
People who find others around them ‘unusual’ would do well to learn about and to think things through in terms of psychiatric issues. When your boss shows kindness at one moment and then a harshness and lack of understanding the next; when unusual decisions are made or where human conduct fits outside of the social norms as you know them . . . these are the sorts of things that one should be looking at more closely.
But why is it important?
It’s not that we need to be able to say, “Oh he/she has [whatever]” it is more that with increased understanding, we can make better decisions and can live a less stressful life.
One the things I’ve found to be critical in this area is to establish the significance of our diagnosis. So what if a shrink calls something ASD, or ABC? What is important is what that means for us, how does that knowledge affect the way that we think or act?
Those that are in our care – either employees, spouse or children need to be understood. A nagging wife will never solve the problem. An angry parent or a boss frustrated trying to get something done a certain way but who will never get it done by a certain person, or an organisation struggling to cope with the consequences of an apparently ‘loose canon’ will make their lives easier when they understand the true nature of what is happening.
It doesn’t always mean that we do things differently, but it does give us good tools to deal with life in a crazy, mixed-up ‘fallen’ world. Chin up and thanks for swinging by today!
King Country Corruption Series
- King Country Corruption 1. Scandal Deepens
- King Country Corruption 2. A Flawed Lotto Application
- King Country Corruption 3. Report on Flawed Lotto Application
- King Country Corruption 4. Behind The Scenes
- King Country Corruption 5. The Solution
- King Country Corruption 6. The Consequences
- King Country Corruption 7. Suing Taumarunui Museum Trust
- King Country Corruption 8. Media Bias
- King Country Corruption 9. The Church
- King Country Corruption 10. The Psychiatric
- King Country Corruption 11. Why they Lie
- King Country Corruption 12. Advice for Fighters