Could Desk Research Be a Good Fit for Adults with Aspergers?
I was a senior in college. Halfway through my year, I was hit with a wave of panic. I had no idea what I wanted, really, to major in!
I didn’t know what career I wanted to embark on! I had majored in Anthropology and Sociology, but had no idea what I could do with that. I decided to take a course in Psychology, and the rest was History!
Just as I had overlooked Psychology as a key field I was both interested in and good at, I’m hoping some of you will consider research as a path to potential careers for Aspergers adults.
Desk research is a type of research that analyzes existing research in particular fields.
Desk researchers work in business (market research) and in health fields.
You can check the Occupational Outlook Handbook (for readers in the United States) for careers such as market researcher, survey researcher, or social science researcher to get some ideas about key skills and training needed for these types of jobs.
Anand Sule is a gentleman with Aspergers who has written this guest post about his personal views on research. Please welcome him and provide your opinion/reaction in the comments after the post.
My Own Personal Views on Research.
By Anand V Sule
I have naturally been inclined towards the process of research since my early childhood. I found research therapeutic in some ways. I would lose track of time when I conducted research. I would enter a state of focused intent and it would have been hard to drag me away from my research.
Moving forwards to the present, I undertook some research for my self-help book. I found the experience rewarding in countless ways. I loved finding data for my book and then analyzing and making sense of the data. When I wrote my book, I realized that the topic I was writing about was vast. My book covered the Remote Influencing system I had developed. I am adding to the Remote Influencing (RI) body of knowledge on an ongoing and perpetual basis.
I am somewhat of a visual thinker. I sometimes look at my book and I visualize the book growing bigger and bigger over the course of time. However, I aim to add useful information and ideas to my RI body of knowledge. I don’t want to add irrelevant info to my body of knowledge just for the sake of adding content. When I reflect upon what my RI system has done for me, it dawns on me that I had taken the written words from my book and I had made actual, tangible improvements in the physical world, thanks to my book. This flash of awareness has provided me with a new-found love and appreciation of research. Research can make great things happen in the world.
I wouldn’t say I am great at visualization. I am working on improving my visualization skills though. When I visualize, I don’t see vivid images, I perceive faint images. I also think in words.
I have collected hundreds of research articles over the years. I usually create a regular open office version and a pdf version of each article. As you can see from this article, I like to add highlights, underlining and bold to my articles. I also place bullet points in the articles. These tools help with my learning and with my chain of thought. These tools serve a purpose.
I am a deep thinker as people who know me can testify. When I conduct my research, I create documents using text. However, the end result of my research is a real world, tangible idea, product or service. Whenever I conduct research, I look ahead to the completed research and the end product. I create visual images of my research project and I also think of the project in words, ideas, facts etc. The end results of my research is a real world, physical manifestation of my intangible research. I would say that research is intangible. This is because research consists of ideas, thoughts etc. Even though research is initially intangible, physical, real world applications can arise out of the research process.
I am conducting my own independent basic research through my unique school model: School of The Remote Influencer – SOTRI. SOTRI is an online school and it is also a school of thought. Basic research is something which most universities and research institutes participate in. I am also following my research as part of my own belief system as well. I have written a pdf file titled: Research and Monkhood share Similar Characteristics. In this pdf, I compare these two disciplines. I will be more than glad to send you this pdf file as per your request.
People are allowed to follow their own religion, thoughts and beliefs. This is a universal right. As mentioned above, I am following my research endeavours as part of my belief system. There is a method to my work. I call my independent research, learning and training,work. I see research as a series of games of sorts. I make sure that my weapons or tools for these games are in top form and that I use these tools or weapons to the very best of my abilities. I strive to win each game that I participate in. As you can ascertain, I use highly creative ways of looking at my work. These unique insights are my own coping strategies.
I use the metaphor of secret weapon when I think of research. I would say that research is one of my secret weapons. When I refer to research as a weapon, I do not mean it an aggressive or harmful way. Here are some definitions for the ‘secret weapon’ metaphor. The text within the brackets are my own views on this topic:
A means of gaining an advantage or defending oneself in a conflict or contest: resignation threats had long been a weapon in his armoury.
Anything used against an opponent, adversary, or victim: the deadly weapon of satire.
( When I set myself a research question to answer, this question could be considered an opponent or it could also be seen as a contest of sorts. I use my research to help assure success with the contest. I would say therefore, that research is my weapon. )
I want to thank Stephen Borgman. Stephen has inspired me to get back into my research. I am currently working on a research report which is titled: “AS People can Excel at Research.”
The completed report will be in pdf format. This report has more in depth information on this topic. In this report, I also write about the five strengths which most AS people naturally have: 1. Routines. 2.Interests, special interests. 3. Focus. 4. Research skills. 5. Self Directed Learning. Once I have completed this report, I will be more than glad to e-mail it over to anyone interested in finding out more about this fascinating subject.
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