Author Archive for: David Patten
David Patten, author of Dummy: A Memoir, cannot read or write. Born to well-educated parents in Chicago as an autism-spectrum child, David Patten was repetitively misdiagnosed in the 1950’s, a time when autism was little understood. After a youth of a severe disorientation and isolation, the seriously dyslexic Patten made a living dealing drugs and engaging in other street-level enterprises. In his twenties he discovered his native genius in abstract conceptual mathematics, which led him to a successful career as a businessman who worked debugging computer systems for major corporations and American military installations.
David’s deep sensitivity and insight gave him the capacity not only to maintain meaningful and affectionate human relationships, but enabled him to observe that his desperation and limitations need not define who he was. It was this understanding that eventually allowed him to accept his life and move beyond his identification with his personality. Today he is the father of two grown, productive and happy children. He lives with his wife of 30 years, a physician, in Hawaii.
For more information, please visit dummyamemoir.com.
Entries by David Patten
What I have found through a tumultuous and difficult early life is that acceptance is the road to freedom. Because of my inability to function “normally,” I was not able to fit in to mainstream society. In the eyes of the culture and consequently my own eyes, I was flawed. I tried over and over again to figure out how I was going to be part of society… get a job, an education, have a family. But no matter how hard I tried to think my way out, I always ended up in the same place. No different than I… Read more.
Subscribe to Life-Changing Inspiration
If you want to create miracles you can see and feel in your life, you are ready to learn the real secrets of the Law of Attraction. In this on-line course from best-selling author Gay Hendricks, you will learn how to use manifestation to make your dreams come true. Gay Hendricks has spent a lifetime and some hard-learned lessons gaining priceless insight into the manifestation process. Through this program, he shares his wisdom in ways that are simple and highly effective. This 8 week course shares detailed information on how to make the Law of Attraction work for you and how to avoid two critical mistakes that cause most manifestation projects to fail. It contains powerful audio and video, along with instructions to help you master the Five Wishes Practices and liberate the full power of the Law of Attraction to work miracles in your life.