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Autism

Autism

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Autism

Bryn Jones

Sense of Belonging. My piece is an account of the effects of my diagnosis on my way of thinking and sense of self. As such, it falls into the “sense of belonging” area on ‘The Values Circumplex’. Throughout my writing, the most prevalent theme is the destruction of my sense of belonging as a result of my recent diagnosis of autism as I became consumed by this label and lost sight of myself. I felt as though I no longer belonged – I was just an “autist” in a world that could never understand me. I chose to make my piece hyperbolic so as to accurately capture the essence of my epiphany as I came to accept my condition: The real problem was my way of thinking. I had not suddenly contracted autism as one contracts the common cold – it had always been a part of me, a part of my identity, the acceptance of this fact being the major hurdle I had to overcome, my coming to terms with this displayed towards the end of the piece as I began to feel more confident in myself, realising that I belong in this world just as much as anyone else does.

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Rebirth

Rebirth

"I know I have a heart because it's breaking"

"I know I have a heart because it's breaking"