A Field Guide to Earthlings


This book is an Anthropological study of Neurotypical psychology.

At the same time it gives a fascinating insight into the Autistic mind.

I think this is what makes this book such a powerful tool for me.

  • It is an intimate look at the Neurotypical social maze
  • In the context of the Autistic mind and as seen through an Autistic lens


The book literally scripts out what seemed to be the entire spectrum of Neurotypical social communication.

  • It explains the what and the why of the ‘Social symbolic web‘ in fine detail


The book also provides a remarkable explanation for the hallmark trait of hypersensitivity among Autistic people.

  • I will leave this for the reader as it is unwrapped and explained wonderfully in the book.


What I enjoyed most about the book was the intellectual, mechanical and logical way in which the social maze is explained.

  • It is written as a work of Anthropology
  • But in an objective and non-adversarial style
  • It requires and I think assumes, no prior competence in social understanding
  • It is a handbook for Autistic people, written by an Autistic person

You can download purchase the book here

  • The first 20 pages can be downloaded as a free preview.


I experienced my first real, complete (intellectual) understanding of the social maze after reading this book.

  • I won’t pretend that I am now completely comfortable with the social maze
  • But at least I now have a clear picture of that maze
  • Making it easier for me to translate subtext and the other various Neurotypical social codes

I can’t recommend this book highly enough.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. spectrumscribe
    Jul 21, 2012 @ 10:05:43

    This book really blew my mind. The insight and description of the anthropological simplicity of NT social choreography has finally cracked the code!


  2. Angela
    Aug 07, 2012 @ 21:35:12

    Now to throw a wrench into all things neurotypical:

    In the spirit of blogging, networking and chainletter fun I am just stopping by to let you know that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Please stop by halfpastnormal to claim your well-deserved prize and get more details. Have a fantastic day!
    xo Angela http://halfpastnormal.wordpress.com


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