Episode 149: Dave Finch is a nationally sought-after speaker and mentor with Asperger syndrome, and he’s the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man’s Quest to Be a Better Husband. As a speaker, Dave has shared the stage with Temple Grandin, John Elder Robison, Steve Silberman, and others. He has written for the New York Times, NBC Universal, Zoom Autism, Slate, and Huffington Post, and he writes a relationship blog for Psychology Today.

He has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and NPR’s All Things Considered and This American Life, and has been featured in O The Oprah Magazine, People, ELLE, Marie Claire, Scientific American, and even The Howard Stern Show.

Dave is also the co-founder of the Denver-based Front Range Center for Neurodiversity, a revolutionary global center dedicated to transforming the world’s narrative around autism. When he’s not writing, speaking, or mountain biking, Dave works as a creative marketing and business development consultant for small businesses and Fortune 500 companies. But to his wife, he is just the bastard on the couch.

Show notes:

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  • A mother who eventually lost herself from prioritizing the family all the time
  • A husband may be unaware of what his wife is going through
  • Why you need to be a little selfish in order to take care of the family better
  • How David’s wife encourages him to give time for himself
  • Taking turns for a period of self-discovery
  • Why most of us are terrified in wanting our partner to be happy from something that isn’t us
  • How a person with Asperger’s has difficulty in taking the perspective of other people without being prompted to do so
  • Why being manipulative puts your partner in a cage
  • There are lots of people out there who can be your biggest fan
  • Having a sense of personal responsibility in a relationship
  • Empowering yourself
  • Taking responsibility can instantly change your relationship
  • Discussing autism and Asperger syndrome
  • Many people feel like autism needs to be treated or fixed- why this is the wrong way to go about it
  • Looking at autism as a scenario and not as a disability
  • Collectively changing the narrative around autism
  • Why most people feel guilty and shameful when they start to do what they love
  • Must-read book:

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