fully appreciate, understand, and embrace your TS you must recognize
it as the full quality of oneself that it is, with the potential to
be either a powerful ally or a crippling nemesis", was what I left
you with last time. In recent years Tourettic disinhibition has been
linked with rape and murder. Yet in recent months that same Tourettic
disinhibition has been linked with the heroic prevention of those very
same acts. TS is, as the saying goes, what you make of it.
knows the negatives, so I won't belabour those. It is the positives,
of which there are just as many, that want for recognition. Just as
other qualities, such as being tall, have direct benefits (e.g. you
can reach high shelves) and benefits borne of how that quality is reacted
to in our society (e.g. because height in males is considered attractive,
you have more romantic opportunities), disinhibition provides its gifts
both directly and indirectly too. This instalment of T(r)IC(k)S will
concentrate on only the direct gifts - there are far too many advantages
to fit in one article (it will be a bit of a chore to keep it to two
creative! Not just in terms of being artistic (though often we do
each possess a strong talent in drawing or singing or playing an instrument
or acting or writing, etc.) this includes creativity in problem solving
and invention (did you know 'we' created the first dictionary?). Often
we see things from a unique or original perspective, which is why so
many people with disinhibition disorders have been considered very intelligent.
We're intelligent! We see unique relationships between people
and things. It can be argued that cleverness is a type of mental creativity:
a flexibility in putting various thoughts together in ways no one has
ever thought of before. When a poorly inhibited brain tends to unintentionally
fire all sorts of things off together all the time, we can't HELP but
make neuronal connections between them. This leads to what neuropsychologists
would call "dense neuronal networks" or, in layman terms,
lots of brains!
We're perceptually acute! We're observant. We may not always
be able to CONTROL where our attention or thoughts go, but that doesn't
mean these things work poorly on wherever they land. In fact we can
be really handy in noticing or thinking things no one else is devoting
attention to: finding things that are lost because we are in a different
mindset, or providing information after-the-fact on things that those
'normies' weren't paying attention to because at the time they seemed
We're fun! If you're at a party, being next to the socially uninhibited
person (read disinhibition) is the place to be. We are spontaneous,
we have a fast and witty (there's that creative intelligence again)
sense of humour, and we can work a room like you've never seen before.
So many times I've gone out, given in to my impulses with abandon on
the dance-floor, and found myself by the end of the night surrounded
by previously restrained normies, visibly relieved that someone has
provided through example the permission to 'let loose'.
We're energetic! Some time ago I made the decision that if I
wasn't going to be able to contain this energy spilling out of me, at
least I would commit that energy to things that wouldn't get me into
trouble or fill my mind with silly "itches" and emotions.
Since then I have invested myself into enough pursuits with intensity
and passion to make the eyes of many of my colleagues pop. I never dreamed
I'd be this far along in my professional aspirations at 27 - I've got
my TS to thank for that.
We're honest! We're down-to-earth. As a good friend once told
me, I'm refreshingly 'real'. Openness and forthrightness again is directly
related to disinhibition - we are, quite simply, incapable of inhibiting
the truth long enough to put forth a façade. This applies to
(school)work as well - whereas normies can commit to doing something
in which they have no interest and then do a poor job at it because
of their indifference to the task, we just won't commit to it in the
first place. Hence EVERYTHING we take on is accomplished wholeheartedly
since for us to be CAPABLE of doing it we must be interested in it.
Then watch out world!!
we tend to get into trouble is when we interact with a world that assumes
that no one speaks at face value. We take what they say literally and
to heart since that is how we are; meanwhile they are reading all sorts
of innuendo and ulterior levels into our plain, no-strings-attached
communications. Call me crazy but it seems to me that OUR way of saying
what you mean and meaning what you say leads to much less opportunity
for confusion and much less wasting of time through misreading subtle
signs in the whole silly game. Certainly I've met enough normies who
find my approach an appealing change. Anyone else with me??
We're stubborn! There's a fine (perhaps arbitrary) line between
perseVERance (when society deems being stuck is a GOOD thing) and perSEVerance
(when society deems being stuck is a BAD thing). People who dug their
heels in and refused to be swayed in their beliefs or principles have
accomplished some great things in history. So have people that refused
to quit, who through creativity (hmmm) systematically found ways around
each barrier in their relentless quest until success was finally achieved.
Are these people filled with such lofty qualities as determination,
courage, and stamina? Sure. Can a healthy dose of neurology help drive
the nurturance of these qualities? You betcha!
We don't hold a grudge! We don't harbour resentment. They say
in politics the best quality to have is a short memory. With the number
of things that bolt through my head and across my plate in a day, I'm
lucky to remember whom I spoke to that day let alone what they said
to me. It's not that disinhibition lifts me above such pettiness as
grudges. It just guarantees I can't retain whatever it is I'm supposed
to hold a grudge about long enough to follow through!
So many blessings, so little space!! Will conclude next time my friends!