Aspier (pronounced ‘aspire’) is a movement committed to the treatment of all types of rigidities by increasing flexibility and encouraging the development of social skills necessary to progress in all facets of life, including personal relationships. Aspier was founded as a resource for individuals and their loved ones seeking support, answers, and treatment options for a range of behavioral and emotional complexities.
Mental health and wellbeing is a top priority for anyone dealing with the challenges of living in today’s society. The truth is, we all experience difficulties in particular areas. For many of us, the focus is on maintaining or improving the quality of our emotional lives and relationships. There are many diagnoses out there that factor heavily into our success in those areas. Phobias, social anxiety, depression, and obsessive behaviors, just to name a few.
But did you know that sometimes, these are best described as symptoms? Feeling anxious, down, having obsessive thoughts, having difficulty managing anger and misbehavior in children – especially, are not always end-all-be-all diagnoses. In reality, these are often behavioral outcomes of other internal issues.
One issue frequently overlookedis internal rigidity, which at Aspier, we refer to as ELP (Excessive Logistical Processing). ELP is not a DSM diagnosis. At Aspier, it’s regarded as an identifiable syndrome that is often responsible for so many more adverse behaviors that impact progress and quality of life.
The concept of ELP springs from several well-researched and documented diagnoses. ASD – Asperger’s Syndrome, HFA (High Functioning Autism), and PDD (Pervasive Developmental Disorder). In addition, we have the most recently introduced Social Communication Disorder and Social Language Pragmatic Disorder. Our research has identified one common thread running through all of these disorders, and that is ELP.
Aspier is certainly a resource for all of those suffering from any of the above disorders. But even more profound is the work we have done with everyday individuals who currently have no formal diagnosis at all. We have found that what is often diagnosed as anxiety, obsessive thoughts, or even depression is the result of an underlying issue a lack of flexibility required to adapt to life’s curveballs and circumstances.
At Aspier, we envision all people achieving balance between heart and mind, or logic and emotion. Relying on one while suppressing or neglecting the other makes it very difficult to sustain a fully functional lifestyle.
Your mind isn’t limited to your brain, just as your emotion isn’t all contained within your actual heart. But it helps to envision these two areas “lighting up” to create balance. We may think of these two forces as the yin and yang. By working to “activate” the emotional heart space, anyone can fuse the benefits of pure, unadulterated logic with the raw intuition and humanity of emotion. It’s not about switching off or changing who one is at their core. It’s about enhancing their capacity to connect with themselves and others on a more comfortable, productive level.
Being properly connected to both also streamlines how we deal with challenging situations. When that balance becomes disrupted thanks to ELP (reliance on the mind and logic), all kinds of diagnoses and symptoms can surface. In particular, anyone with difficulty socializing should be assessed, as very often those struggles are a sign of possible rigidity issues.
Chances are, you or someone you know has dealt with or been diagnosed as anxious or obsessive. It’s very common to receive such a diagnosis, but make little headway after beginning treatment. Aspier can offer options for those seeking answers regarding OCD and anxiety who haven’t been getting the successful outcomes they deserve. Aspier is also a prime resource for parents who want to explore the root causes and best ways to improve childhood and adolescent behavioral issues.
Daniel Ifrah, LCSW, is the founder and Director of Aspier.org. He has years of experience treating a wide range of disorders using established and reliable modalities such as CBT and ACT. He is a pioneer in tailoring those very interventions to treat ASD or any ELP issue. To read more about his experience and methods, click here.