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Neurodiversity and the Myth of Normal

By: Kyler Shumway, Daniel Wendler, The Great Courses
Narrated by: Kyler Shumway, Daniel Wendler
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Publisher's summary

We’ve all been told, at one point or another, to “just be yourself”. Whether you are starting school, beginning a new job, attending a party—any time you are trying to find your place in a new or unfamiliar environment—well-meaning advisors offer this nugget of wisdom. But what if being your authentic self means you don’t fit in with what society or your peers may consider “normal”? What is “normal”, anyway?

Join Dr. Kyler Shumway and Dr. Daniel Wendler to explore these questions and many others in Neurodiversity and the Myth of Normal. In six lectures, Dr. Shumway and Dr. Wendler will help you understand the nature of neurodiversity, a growing school of thought that seeks to embrace the range of differences in individual brain function and behaviors rather than “correct” them, with a focus on empathy, acceptance, and accommodation. To help you better understand neurodiversity, your instructors will guide you through three core concepts:

  • Neurodiversity is a natural part of human diversity.
  • Environment affects our definitions of ability and disability.
  • It is possible to create environments that allow everyone to thrive, regardless of differences.

Once you have a better idea of what neurodiversity is and why approaching it with empathy and understanding is so important, Dr. Shumway and Dr. Wendler will dive into the specifics of the most common neurotypes that fall into the category of neurodivergent—autism and ADHD—followed by a look at learning disabilities, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and even psychosis. Along the way, your instructors will share what they’ve seen and learned as psychologists—and one of them will share his own experiences as a neurodivergent individual.

We often fear what we don’t understand. To combat this fear, the concept of neurodiversity can help us recognize the vast spectrum of human experience, embrace that people are people no matter how they are wired, and realize that there’s no such thing as “normal”.

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About the Creator and Performer

Dr. Kyler Shumway is the president and chief clinical officer of Deep Eddy Psychotherapy, one of the leading outpatient mental health practices in Texas. He is a bestselling author who recently published The Science of Friendship, an Audible Original series. He has been featured by Forbes, The New York Times, CNN, and more for his work in combating the loneliness epidemic. As a licensed psychologist, thought leader, and TEDx speaker who has spoken to audiences across the nation (as well as internationally), his mission is to help people learn to love themselves and others, build satisfying and meaningful relationships, and find their place to belong.

About the Creator and Performer

Dr. Daniel Wendler is a bestselling author, nationally recognized keynote speaker, and a proud autistic self-advocate. He is the author of two books Improve Your Social Skills and Level Up Your Social Life and a two-time TEDx speaker. In addition to his writing and speaking, Daniel works as a clinical psychologist specializing in autism, neurodiversity, and social relationships. Connect with him at DanielWendler.com.

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actually makes sense and is enlightening

the psychologist that did this, did an amazing job! learned new things and got to think about some things in different ways.

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I found this insightful and easy to understand. Relatable, and I feel like the world would be a better place if everyone understood this stuff

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That we have to work to accept the way that we are, and that we are a great diversity.

It helps you learn about our diversity. We have to learn from each other. There should be more books like this, because you learn a lot from it.

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Great message

This is a powerful and easily comprehensive message. I hope more people get to hear it. Bravo!

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Impeccable knowledge to be had.

As someone who wears a mask for everyday life it was such an incredible listen to hear that I am not alone. There’s so much more knowledge to be gained. Very knowledgeable authors and such a powerful read.

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