A Mind Apart: Travels in a Neurodiverse World

A Mind Apart: Travels in a Neurodiverse World

Susanne Antonetta / Jun 06, 2020

A Mind Apart Travels in a Neurodiverse World In A Mind Apart Susanne Antonetta draws on her personal experience with manic depression as well as interviews with people with multiple personality disorder autism schizophrenia and other neuroa

  • Title: A Mind Apart: Travels in a Neurodiverse World
  • Author: Susanne Antonetta
  • ISBN: 9781585423828
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In A Mind Apart, Susanne Antonetta draws on her personal experience with manic depression, as well as interviews with people with multiple personality disorder, autism, schizophrenia, and other neuroatypical conditions, to construct a fascinating portrait of how the world shapes itself in minds that are profoundly different from the norm As with her previous book, whichIn A Mind Apart, Susanne Antonetta draws on her personal experience with manic depression, as well as interviews with people with multiple personality disorder, autism, schizophrenia, and other neuroatypical conditions, to construct a fascinating portrait of how the world shapes itself in minds that are profoundly different from the norm As with her previous book, which Michael Pollan praised in the New York Times Book Review as a challenge to our prevailing notions of science and journalism and even literary narrative, A Mind Apart employs a unique fusion of literary genres to draw readers into the experience of people with neurological conditions and to consider what their alternate ways of perceiving may, in fact, have to teach us According to the United States Department of Health the number of people being diagnosed with autism has been increasing by approximately twenty percent a year over the last decade AD HD, Tourette s, and chronic depression have been spreading at commensurate rates Sifting through the many abilities that underlie these and other mental disabilities the visual consciousness of an autistic or the metaphoric consciousness of a manic depressive Antonetta reveals just how much normally functioning people can learn from those with neurological disorders This fascinating blend of memoir, journalism, and science will be of deep interest to readers of Temple Grandin s Thinking in Pictures or Andrew Solomon s The Noonday Demon.

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    1. I flew through this book. I couldn't put it down. This is a brilliant look at some of the most difficult questions that face us when we ask larger questions about mental health, neuroatypicality (go ahead, say it, it's actually a fun word on the tongue!), and social policy. But enough about the big issues the truth is that A Mind Apart is just a really beautiful read. It tackled issues of particular interest to me, but I would read Susanne Antonetta's essay on basketball play-offs, if there were [...]

    2. Antonetta states outright that she sees the gifts as well as the challenges of mental illness and I respect that. But the examples she gives of bipolar artists is mostly a list of the damned.The painter van Gogh was bipolar, as were Virginia Woolf, Georgia O’Keefe, Sylvia Plath, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Gioacchino Rossini and hundreds of other artists.“Spring and Fall, to a Young Child” is one of my favorite poems and it contains the line from poetry I quote most often in my life: “It is t [...]

    3. 2.75Susanne Antonetta explores the lives and abilities of those who are considered by society to be different. The thought processes of those with multiple personality and bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, autism, and various other neurological conditions can be mystifying to those on the outside, including family and friends. Suffering from manic depression for many years, Antonetta utilizes her own experiences to paint a detailed and often personal portrait of the beautiful contributions made [...]

    4. A Mind Apart: Travels in a Neurodiverse World was written by Susanne Antonetta. This literary memoir explores the “unusual abilities of those who are differently wired,” including Antonetta herself. Her personal experience as a “manic-depressive” is portrayed along with interviews of people with different personality disorders. This is the first time I read a book where the author integrates so many personal experiences into their work. It successfully translates experiences into life le [...]

    5. This book fascinated me. It deals with eh concept of neurodiversity, that is, that we have misunderstood many people, labeling them as "mentally ill" and less desirable, because their brains are, according to Antonetta, "hard-wired" to think differently. She explores what she means by neurodiversity, and analyzes links to technological developments and broader social movements. If parents had the ability to genetically engineer their children, would they choose to have a child inclined to mental [...]

    6. Antonetta challenges the reader to view mood disorders, learning disabilities and schizo-affective disorders as alternate ways of being in the world rather than disabilities. The term neuroatypical moves in that direction. Her subtitle tips us off. The book is a series of genre-defying personal essays that contain bits of news stories, scientific reports, classic literature, theology and even particle physics. Antonetta concedes that her own bipolar diagnosis contributes to the far-flung topics [...]

    7. In the prologue, the author's husband asks her to tell the audience that it's a "bipolar book,"and I agree this is an accurate assessment. Often felt swimming in unreferenced metaphor and obscure literature, this book accomplishes its goal of exploring the advantages and disadvantages of neurodiversity. While respecting the individual and family choices made by the author's cousin (whose multiples all identify as female but chose not to transition in gender as a whole), I think the author could [...]

    8. This book grabbed me at the start, seemed to stumble a little in the middle, and finished with a flurry. Antonetta’s musings are quite absorbing even if they do tend to wander. But, of course, that is the point. She wants the reader to be set out on a rudderless raft in her river of consciousness. Although you are adrift, it seems there aren’t any landmarks on the bank or islands in the channel that don’t seem to need to be there. There is a crystal clear point to all that she includes. An [...]

    9. Anyone who begins this book expecting a reasoned, tightly crafted argument for the acceptance of nontypical mental/social conditions, i.e. autism and bipoplarism (Antonetta herself) will be disappointed. The beauty of the book lies not in a calm recitation of stats and examples of high functioning and famous people (though the information is included) but in the highly personal view of a woman coming to terms with who she is, was and how her son and herself reflect the self and society at large. [...]

    10. I wasn't crazy about this memoir when I first read it. However, it offers an amazing insight into what it is like to try to live life when your brain does not process information like other people. Most of the book is instructional without being boring in the least. however, there is one particularly spooky chapter about the author visiting the trial of a young man who has tortured and killed a neighborhood boy. It is amazing of her rendering of a consciousness at work trying to figure out the e [...]

    11. I wish I could say I liked this more, but for most of it I was really confused. I know it's supposed to be *stream of consciousness* but I often had to keep rereading to follow it. There were some really great insights and quotes from all kinds of scientists that I really enjoyed. And I am very much a fan of *neuro-diversity.* There is a movement now to accept autistics as having a different not defective way of being in the world, I am all for that. I just found this book, though well-written a [...]

    12. I've been reading a bit about how the mind works and this book intrigues me b/c it's written from a personal viewpoint in a poetic style a/b the author's and other people's experience with living with autism, being bipolar and other ways of being in the world. I like it b/c she comes at this subject not as a person being not whole but in by seeing the world from a different perspective from the mainstream or what is considered "right" or "normal". My partner, Deborah, says it's fantastic.

    13. This disjointed book poses questions regarding the inner workings of the mind and society’s view of the typical psyche. The author deals not only with her own unique temperament and personality, but of those she encounters. Antonetta gently challenges the reader to evaluate his or her own experiences with consciousness.

    14. Pure reading pleasure, almost poetic lyricism drawing us into the sometimes enviably world of those who have a different camera.Very personal compelling argument for not messing with our genes until we can adequately agree on what it means to be fully human. And just who will be on that committee? See what I mean?

    15. First I would like to say that I received this book as a good reads first read giveaway. I found this book hard to get into, the message behind it though, was very powerful. It is just not my type of book. I definitely agree with the author on a lot of points and feel that she has a very interesting mind. It is not a bad book, just not my favorite. It is worth reading at least once though.

    16. This is an excellent idea for a book, but not an excellent book. The blending of the science of bipolar brains and the life experience of a writer who is bipolar should have been riveting. But the writer's decision to keep the reader beyond arms length weakens the power of the story.

    17. Only three stars but totally worth reading. Thought-provoking and accessible discussion of "neurodiversity" written by a woman with bipolar disorder. David Lynch makes an appearance, as does a middle-aged man with six female personalities. Also whales.

    18. Interesting beginning and it showed some promise, but I began to feel lost towards the middle and skimmed through till the end. It does pose some very philosophical questions if you like that sort of thing.

    19. The author explores the value of different kinds of brains. Should we try to genetically engineer out people who are bipolar (like her), autistic or otherwise different? What does it mean in evolutionary terms that these conditions are on the rise?

    20. Antonetta is brilliant in presenting alternate perceptions of much that most people take for granted as "consensual reality." She's a guide to understanding -- take a tour!

    21. Tackles the most difficult questions about the human mind, spirit, and destiny of the species with fearlessness and grace.

    22. 'Travels in a neurodiverse world'. Bought this in America, read most of it on the plane on the way home. Meandering, which is the point.

    23. I'm enjoying a lot of this book. The only issue I've had so far is how resigned she is the 'fate' that we (the neuroatypical) will be eliminated.

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