How do you interact with your special interests? What do they feel like to you? I have special interests that are mostly passive—like, if I see a piece of Sonic merch/media, I’ll be like, “oh sick!”. And then, with a lot of my long-term interests, I am always trying to passively learn little bits of info. I watch lots of sewing, embroidery, makeup, and nail art for cosplay and other crafts/hobbies I have. I like that my interests are adjacent, because I can watch a lot of videos and learn ways to apply it to different things. My special interests are a great way to dive deeper and spend time thinking about things from different angles. I like to work from my own patterns because I feel more connected to the task/project when I think over the information in different ways. It helps me to consider what fabrics and stitches to use—to think of the other things attached to cosplay, like a cosplay event. It’s very rewarding how my brain connects things, and I think that collecting hobbies is one of the ways I fill in that large library of info. When I’m doing something involving my special interests, I feel less inclined to mask. I feel comfortable. Like, I’m using all of my extra energy in a satisfying way. I can relax. It’s super cool to be able to get so into something that it changes how I hold myself. My special interests recharge me. 💪😎
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Personally for me, I've recently developed a habit of categorizing the content. My special interest is the TV show supernatural, and I spent a long time listing all the episodes based on what their title is based off of (mostly music and pop culture references). I've found I really enjoy organizing information like this, and it gives me an excuse to learn more to find broader categories
that’s such a cool way to explore more things associated with the show. It’s really cool to be able to find music or other media you like from something that you already know you like. Thank you so much for sharing!
I be the same way when I see Star Wars Merch or items from The Legend of Zelda
ah, that’s so great, I’m sure you get a lot of chances to see those special interests! I love exploring more into the Star Wars universe, it’s just neat.
I watch Ted talks and write them down if I think the information helps me. I also like to write down lyrics of songs I like.
I love that idea of writing down song lyrics you like. It helps with remembering them, I bet, just like writing your own notes for other information. Do you have any Ted talks you’d recommend?
i love using Pinterest to organize and curate visual moldboards based on my interests, and i love that you can add subcategories and notes!! i also love organizing my sims 4 custom content files and i spend almost as much time dling files and organizing them as i do playing the game lol
organizing special interests is so satisfying!
My special interests are media/collection based and I like to keep track of it all, so I have an excel sheet for all the books I need/want to read, I have some stuff organized under tags on libby, and I have a storygraph.
I also have a myanimelist for all the anime I watch and then I have huge watch later lists on my streaming platforms. One day, I would like to catalog everything I've read, seen, and played.
I have a home library filled with books, manga, comics, and games
Big same w cosplay!! I’ve made so many friends through cosplay and conventions and I never feel weird or excessive in their company 🥰 I get to enjoy the things I love with people I care about! How cool is that!!
It's odd, but I feel a physical change when I change fixations. Like if I'm focusing on one and my brain decides to switch over, I can feel something similar to a film going over my eyes
My special interests are mincraft and i love teaching my nieces and nephews how to play it's a great bonding experience and i love sloths so me and my dad frequently look fo silly memes to show each other.
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