Divergent Mind: Thriving In A World That Wasn't Designed For You
  • Divergent Mind: Thriving In A World That Wasn't Designed For You
  • Divergent Mind: Thriving In A World That Wasn't Designed For You
ISBN: 0062876805
EAN13: 9780062876805
Language: English
Release Date: Feb 16, 2021
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 0.7086614" H x 7.952756" L x 5.275591" W
Weight: 0.4188783 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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A paradigm-shifting study of neurodivergent women--those with ADHD, autism, synesthesia, high sensitivity, and sensory processing disorder--exploring why these traits are overlooked in women and how society benefits from allowing their unique strengths to flourish.

As a successful Harvard and Berkeley-educated writer, entrepreneur, and devoted mother, Jenara Nerenberg was shocked to discover that her symptoms--only ever labeled as anxiety-- were considered autistic and ADHD. Being a journalist, she dove into the research and uncovered neurodiversity--a framework that moves away from pathologizing abnormal versus normal brains and instead recognizes the vast diversity of our mental makeups.

When it comes to women, sensory processing differences are often overlooked, masked, or mistaken for something else entirely. Between a flawed system that focuses on diagnosing younger, male populations, and the fact that girls are conditioned from a young age to blend in and conform to gender expectations, women often don't learn about their neurological differences until they are adults, if at all. As a result, potentially millions live with undiagnosed or misdiagnosed neurodivergences, and the Read More chevron_right

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   For the privileged among us
This was a ridiculous book, unless you're a person who already has a life of amazing awe-inspiring white and financial privilege.
   I cried with gratitude while reading this.
He was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 5. After a few years of being medicated, my family doctor told us I had grown out of it. Fast forward 15 years, and I'm a 32-year-old woman, learning from social media that many of my daily struggles in various aspects of my life are a direct result of my misunderstood and untreated ADHD. It spoke to me on so many levels, I cried over and over again. I never realized how many people shared my same struggles. 0 3171 3171201 I never realized how many people shared my same struggles. For the first time in my life I feel like I'm not broken, like I'm not alone, like I'm seen and appreciated for the way I feel the need to hide it or pretend. I am so grateful for this book and its writer, Diana Gabo. If you would like to read more of this review, please visit www. amazon. com. I needed it, Mr. Caramore said of the bullet.
   Meh at best
To start, I'll concede that I'm not very sensitive nor empathetic, and that while I identify as a late-age, middle-aged, woman, others probably would identify me as such. I picked up this book because my late 20s daughter is on the spectrum and I hoped to gain insights about her and others who struggle “in a world not made for them,” she said. It's a mix of personal reflections, random vignettes, and second-hand science, Raymond said. Couldn't get through half the test.
   A Wonderful Heartfelt Book for Empowering Women!
The book immediately draws you into the world of the writer and makes you feel connected with her as you journey through the life concepts she unfolds. The perspective is well delivered and effective in sharing this beautifully written content about the intricacies of modern societies role in making those of us who are normal feel like outcasts, he said. Many of us spend our whole lives feeling like we need to change ourselves to adapt to our environments and carry the burden of not being adequate on our shoulders, causing physiological damage when our lives can be more than just a constant stream of deficits. We can learn to use our various sensitivities as empowering functional tools and change our mindset on what is normal, he said.
   This is a powerful resource!
I didn't learn until I was in my 30s what synesthesia is and that it is a gift, and it was even then that I discovered other elements of neurodivergence in my life, he said. In her book, "Nerenberg: The Psychology of Success," Jenara Dennehy reveals that this is the case with many women, and there is a big shift in how we see neurodivergence in our communities. I'm excited to map a plan of care for myself from the insights in this book, and share them with family and friends, he said.
   A revelation
Have you ever found yourself analyzing your difficulty making friends with other women despite how hard you try? Have you ever wondered whether there is something about you that makes you different from other people?