Exposure Anxiety - The Invisible Cage: An Exploration of Self-Protection Responses in the Autism Spectrum and Beyond

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Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Sep 15, 2002 - Psychology - 336 pages
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Exposure anxiety is increasingly understood as a crippling condition affecting a high proportion of people on the autism spectrum. To many it is an invisible cage, leaving the person suffering from it aware, but buried alive in their own involuntary responses and isolation. Exposure Anxiety: The Invisible Cage describes the condition and its underlying physiological causes, and presents a range of approaches and strategies that can be used to combat it. Based on personal experience, the book shows how people with autism can be shown how to emerge from the stranglehold of exposure anxiety and develop their individuality. It progressively shapes the individual torn between experiencing it as the sanctuary and the prison. Exposure Anxiety makes it hard to stand noticing you are noticing. It can make love a form of torture, repel you from the sound of your own voice, make you meaning deaf to your own words and those of others and compel you to avoid, divert from or retaliate against the very things that which most have the power to reach you. Exposure Anxiety progressively co-opts the identity of the person as separate to the condition or it leaves them aware but buried alive in their own involuntary responses and isolation. Exposure Anxiety is the involuntary social-emotional self-protection response that needs no enemy. It turns the world upside-down, makes no yes and yes no and co-opts and defies conventional, non-autistic teaching techniques. Exposure Anxiety has many faces. By defeating it at its own game, Donna demonstrates how the person can progressively be inspired to fight for themselves and attempt to emerge, from the undercurrent, as the tide.
  

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Contents

Introduction The Invisible Cage
9
Chapter 1 The Mechanics
21
Chapter 2 Relationship to Self
83
Chapter 3 Relationship to Others
157
Chapter 4 The Development of a Social Face
177
Chapter 5 Environment
217
Chapter 6 Ways Forward
283
Index
327
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Donna Williams began her well-traveled career in the mid-1980s as a banker with Bankers Trust Company. As an investment banker, she worked primarily designing structured finance transactions for healthcare and travel services companies. In 1993, she received her MBA from Columbia Business School. From there she launched her publishing career at Doubleday and was subsequently recruited to work in strategic development for the Times Mirror Company. In 1998, she joined BigStar Entertainment as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. Prior to writing The Business Travel Almanac 2004, Donna was a bi-coastal marketing and business development consultant. Her clients included Internet and publishing companies in industries spanning surfing to travel to healthcare. She lives in Athens, New York, where she writes about travel and is an occasional professor of microeconomics and marketing. This is her second book. She is also the author of New York On The Fly published by On The Fly International, LLC.

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