stim

vi. (from self-stimulation, as an autism spectrum behavior)

  1. To make a normal action in a noticeable way, as a carrier of intent or a “call for feedback.”

To be honest, I can’t remember what the documentary said was the cause of stimming, but I have come to think of stimming as a way of making and keeping boundaries.

For those guys on the train, snapping might be a way of marking “this page done.” … It’s even possible that by snapping the pages of the magazine seem to be asking us to observe how expeditiously the dispatch the task of… turning a page. These guys are judged by results. And the issue of performance may be so pressing that they feel obliged to show with what skill and speed they assimilated the contents of the magazine. —Grant McCracken, “Account planners and fearless noticing”

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