[84] S7, Ep4: Direct communication: navigating social and personal relationships as a highly sensitive autistic woman
Topics in this episode: ADHD, autism and trauma, autism at work, bullying, family, friendships, relationships, self employment

Janet Murray is a content strategist who lives near London in the UK. She was recently diagnosed autistic, after first getting a diagnosis of ADHD in 2020.

A former journalist and PR coach, Janet has written for many national publications, is the host of the Courageous Content podcast and founder of the Courageous Content Live Event  – an annual content marketing event for creative businesses/brands – and is also a keynote speaker who has spoken on big stages all over the world.

She says that she has a strong desire for order and routine, but is also one of the most disorganised people on the planet, and puts her unlikely success down to creating easy-to-follow systems and processes to help her stay productive.

In this episode Janet really goes into the everyday experience of being autistic, as we talk about:

➡ Feeling disconnected from peers and experiencing bullying as a child and an adult

➡ How her rule following and direct communication have caused her difficulties in her interactions with others

➡ Being emotional and highly sensitive, yet often being interpreted as rude, overly serious and cold.

➡ The challenges of navigating female friendships as a neurodivergent woman

Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes.

I hope that these conversations will be inspiring and thought provoking, open you up to new ways of thinking about being neurodivergent, and help you feel more connected to a worldwide community of people with similar experiences.

I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.



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