"I'm Really Not Rude or Self-Absorbed; It's the Brain Injury"

Adam knows from his experiences as well as those of most of his friends with TBI that social situations can be difficult. Sometimes they know they can come off as "rude or self-absorbed" but that way of being, or seeming, is more a function of cognitive dysfunction.

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Many of my patients with TBI have problems with cross talk conversations and with multiple people in a room. It becomes auditorily and visually too busy. They get short many times because of the filtering, like Adam said in the video, but also their ability to process multiple things at the same time (parallel processing) has been reduced to single topic processing (series processing). They get frustrated and just want to get out of the situation and get a bit short in their replies for that reason also. They also get lost in a paragraph when reading and forget what they may have just read. Often visually complex things will be bothersome that never were a problem before. A Christmas tree is a good example. Often times they are waaay too busy for someone with TBI, but that person has a hard time telling you why they find the Christmas tree upsetting.
You are spot on Adam! A lot of times in conversations I feel like I don't know when the right time is to take part in the conversation. Thanks for posting this!
Thank you! That was helpful!!

I tend to introversion to begin with. Having the memory of a bar of soap and the fear of confabulating something deeply stupid doesn't improve my social skills.
Besides, socializing is deathly exhausting.

What are some techniques to prepare? Thank you.