Blog:The Silent Wave- Autism, irony, and the Self-Esteem Movement

This is something that has always bothered me, even as a then-unknown autistic person.  The difference between then and now, besides age (and hopefully, wisdom), is that now I have become more conscious of the dichotomy–conscious enough to put it into words.

The dichotomy, as is true for all dichotomies, consists of two elements.

The first element is the “I’m OK, You’re OK” sentiment that sprouted in the late 1970s and proliferated in elementary schools

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