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Punished for Bad Body Language

19 pages19 minutes


Travis is afraid of leaving his home in fear of being punished for displaying inappropriate body language. Body language is something people with autism and social disorders struggle with. He grew up always being made fun of for his weird body language, facial expressions, and mannerisms. He shares how he works to learn appropriate social skills and body language so the voices do not punish him. Often the voices Travis hears want him to self-harm and punish himself for having poor social skills and body language. The voices play on what other women told Travis in middle school and high school about his social mannerisms and body language. It is almost as if the voices team up with real people Travis knew in middle school and high school to attack him for his social skills deficits. Travis works hard with the help of his neurotypical best friend, doctor, and counselor to cope with the voices and fight back so that he does not have to punish himself as a punishment for being autistic. This is a story of a man who fights every day against psychosis that tries to punish him and take his life. Follow Travis as he takes on the world and tries to change the way the voices from psychosis think about him so that he can feel better about himself.

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