Music isn’t the only thing that helps Justin stim. Before Justin, I didn’t really listen to Podcasts. Well, okay, I never listened to Podcasts. Or talk radio. I’m a music kinda girl, not a listen-to-people-talk-a-lot kind of girl. I have, though, now been turned on to the Podcast world, and it’s pretty dang interesting. I have a lot of self-help Podcasts I really enjoy. Justin wanted to share how Podcasts help him stim too.
I’m a huge fan of talk radio. I grew up listening to Loveline with Dr. Drew and Adam Corolla (which helped turn me into a man, BTW), watched the MTV show, and listened to their show for YEARS. I’ve always been into Podcasts. When I got my first iPod, I spent hours downloading Podcasts. I love listening to talk and seriously spend hours listening to them. I listen to a lot of unexplained mysteries, too, like missing people (Missing 411 is so freaking fascinating), unsolved and ghost stories. I listen to a lot of sports Podcasts too, like Brock & Salk up here in Washington (Seahawks and Mariners for life!). As someone with Autism, it’s probably weird to think I like listening to people talk, but it’s true.
Silence is difficult for me as an Aspie. My brain doesn’t ever shut off, so if it’s too silent, my brain can jump into negativity and will just ruminate in constant negative thoughts. Especially if I’m with people. If it’s silent, I’ll start thinking oh, they must not like you or want to talk to you, so I start talking about random crap or something that they most likely don’t really want to hear or care about. So when I’m home, I’ll be listening to a Podcast just so I don’t have to worry about thinking. Though I just realized how creepy I must be–if I’m listening to a funny Podcast and randomly start laughing, it probably freaks everyone out that’s around me and wonders what the hell is wrong with me.
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