Weirdo: Adventures in Business and Autism with Elizabeth Anne Hamilton

Elizabeth Anne Hamilton

What changes when you get diagnosed with autism as an adult? Everything. Weirdo with Elizabeth Anne Hamilton talks about the challenges and joys that come with being differently-abled in the business world, offering insight into what it's like to live and work as an autistic person.

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In episode 2 of Weirdo, Elizabeth draws parallels between Harry from the TV series “Resident Alien”, and her life lived through a neurodivergent lens. Extraterrestrial Harry found himself dropped into a strange culture on a strange world, and had to learn the ways of human beings through pop culture references like TV shows and movies. Harry learned to imitate what he saw in order to try to fit in here on Earth. For Elizabeth, living her life through what she now knows a lens of Autism, Harry’s experience reflects parts of her own journey.  Suffering from “clinical cluelessness” (a brilliant turn of a phrase), Elizabeth has often found herself having to imitate the behaviors of others in order to respond appropriately to the social cues she reads during interactions with others.  This process - known as masking - can be an important tool for a neurodivergent person that may in many ways be immersed in a culture and in social situations that they may not understand or find familiar in any way.  Just like Harry! After spending so much time and energy trying to fit in, our “Resident Alien” friend Harry was forced by uncontrollable circumstances to reveal himself to his friends as an alien of extraterrestrial origin.  When Harry’s friends finally saw him for who he really was, they were able to help him and interact with him in a productive way.  When Harry stopped needing to “mask”, his life got better. Listen in to hear how Elizabeth’s diagnosis in many ways has set her free, again, just like Harry.  The formerly masking alien. It’s an amazing turn of events, so don’t miss the ending of this one. ----- About Elizabeth Anne Hamilton: Elizabeth Anne Hamilton is your friendly non-binary book marketing weirdo. After being diagnosed with autism and ADHD at 40, they decided to stop screwing around and start talking about being differently-abled in the business world. Elizabeth loves David Bowie, horror movies, Jane Austen, and baking. They live in the Houston area with a slew of pets, including 2 cats and a middle-aged man. Find Elizabeth online at https://weirdoradio.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elizabeth-anne-hamilton/message

Apr 30

13 min 52 sec

Echolalia: The unsolicited repetition of vocalizations made by another person. In the maiden episode of Weirdo, Elizabeth uses Gremlins (yes, the movie from the 80s) to illustrate how echolalia works, and how her neurodivergent mind processes memories in a "sensory first" way.  Wait till you hear how what seems like an odd processing habit turns into a business superpower. Trust us on this one.  It'll make you smile. About Elizabeth Anne Hamilton: Elizabeth Anne Hamilton is your friendly non-binary book marketing weirdo. After being diagnosed with autism and ADHD at 40, they decided to stop screwing around and start talking about being differently-abled in the business world. Elizabeth loves David Bowie, horror movies, Jane Austen, and baking. They live in the Houston area with a slew of pets, including 2 cats and a middle-aged man.  Find Elizabeth online at https://weirdoradio.com --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elizabeth-anne-hamilton/message

Apr 22

7 min 23 sec