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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Culture Shock Or Lack Therof

I don't know if this is related to the being autistic thing or not, but I've noticed that I don't really get culture shock. I get the normal amount of ``Oh, hey, my routine just changed" stress (which is apparently not that much for me as long as I know a routine change is coming with a bit of notice,) but nothing more than that. I know that some people compare being autistic to being a foreigner in your own culture- if that's true, that might explain why I don't get culture shock on top of the change in routine. Why would being in a culture that makes no sense to me be any different than being in a home culture that... also makes no sense to me?
Any other autistics notice anything similar?

P.S. I've heard some people suggest that a ``cure" for autism (which I WOULD NOT take and would not allow to be forced on anyone without consent, even if the person is a kid ``too young" to understand what's going on and we'd normally let a parent consent for them- not for this I wouldn't!) could lead to getting culture shock from your own cognition. Even if being autistic does provide some protection from culture shock, which I suspect it might, it wouldn't do a thing about that culture shock. It might even make it worse, since the person might never have dealt with culture shock before and would be doing so for the first time with the loss of culture shock protection being one of the changes that is GIVING the culture shock. So this ``do we maybe not get culture shock as easily?" idea is NOT saying in any way shape or form that re-wiring our brains and changing who we are wouldn't give us culture shock for our own cognition. I'm pretty sure it would be a really nasty case of culture shock.

P.P.S. Also, go ahead and take this to mean that India is not giving me culture shock. The hotel briefly blocked my ability to get to and edit this site, but they opened it back up when I asked and I'm having a good time.


  1. It's an interesting thought. India huh? was it hot?

    1. It was summer. It was VERY hot.
      I was also the most resistant to that, interesting.
      And the best able to tolerate spicy.
      But the least able to tolerate the loud of factories, by which I mean completely not able to.

  2. I tend to get a sort of culture shock upon my return home, but not usually at the destination.


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