by Temple Grandin and Sean Baron Cohen
Born with autism, Temple and Sean now famously live successful social
lives. However, their paths were quite different. Temple's logical mind
controlled her social behavior. She interacted with many adults and
other children, experiencing varied social situations. Logic informed
her decision to obey social rules and avoid unpleasant consequences.
Sean's emotions controlled his social behavior. Baffled by social rules,
isolated and friendless, he made up his own, and applied them to
others. When they inevitably broke his rules, he felt worthless and
Both Temple and Sean ultimately came to terms with
the social world and found their places in it. Whether you are a person
with autism, a caregiver in the autism community, or just someone
interested in an outsider view of society, their powerful stories will
enthrall and enlighten you.
This is the 2nd edition and the first edition of
Unwritten Rules of Social Engagement was the Silver Award Winner in the
2005 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards!