Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband by David Finch

Five years into his marriage, Finch is diagnosed (unofficially at first by his wife, and then officially confirmed by a physician) with Asperger Syndrome. Asperger syndrome is a mild form of autism, and people with it have difficulty navigating social situations and engaging interpersonally.

Over the next 18 months, Finch delves into figuring out how to be a better husband and father. Since empathy doesn't come naturally for him, he has to discover guidelines about how to act (for example, fold the laundry instead of rooting through the dryer for just what you need), and he writes these things down in his Journal of Best Practices.

A very interesting look into the mind of someone with Asperger syndrome. This book gave me a greater appreciation for the challenges they face when it comes to relating with people.


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