My struggle with authenticity before joining Intrepid Integrity was both physically and emotionally draining as I was trying to fit in and adapt aspects of my psyche to conform with neuromajority society. This was causing fatigue and impacting upon my mental wellbeing and I know realise that I was suffering mental ill health (anxiety and depression) due to trying to mould myself to someone that I am not.
Being able to connect with other gifted people in a safe a secure environment, sharing my experiences with people who “get it” and have gone through similar (particularity other giftedxautistic people). Having the support and encouragement of Silver, who is passionate about what she does and supporting others with similar experiences to herself. Her enthusiasm is infectious! I now consider Silver like a dear friend to me.
Discovering more about who I am as a person including my personality type, my values and overcoming some of the complex trauma that has held me back in the past, I feel that I have grown in confidence and I am no longer ashamed or worried about being my authentic self. I feel I have grown enormously as a person since joining the programme and that now I have opened that door there is no going back!
Although still have to be mindful in the corporate environment I feel more confident about expressing myself and my ideas with colleagues. I am also taking tentative steps towards entrepreneurship which is something I have been interested in for a while but have not had the confident to explore. I have also created my own blog to share my experiences as a HEPGxautistic person.
I would recommend the programme particularly to other HEPGxautistic people as I feel that, as a collective, this is a cohort that is suffering from trying to confirm and fit themselves into the neuromajority society.
HEPGxautistics are a minority within a minority who often find themselves caught between worlds. They do not fit it into the neuromajority world nor do they full belong in the gifted or autistic world. HEPGxautistics need to carve their own little niche world where they can be happy and their wellbeing needs are met and I feel that Intrepid Integrity to be a vital starting point for that journey.
Thank you allowing me to be a pioneer on the Intrepid Integrity journey. The path to authenticity is now open to me.