Saturday, March 1, 2014

time to accept my aspieness

About every ten years, I'll come across something about Asperger's, take a test online, find I score in the 30s, wonder if I should get professional testing, then forget about it because a professional would only tell me to accept I'm a bit aspie.

But after reading How Asperger's reignited a passion for art, I'm thinking I need to do more than accept it. I need to embrace it. I need to love my limitations to make them my strengths.

At those times when I wondered about aspieness, I read What is Asperger Syndrome? and found this insightful:
From my clinical experience I consider that children and adults with Asperger’s Syndrome have a different, not defective, way of thinking. The person usually has a strong desire to seek knowledge, truth and perfection with a different set of priorities than would be expected with other people. There is also a different perception of situations and sensory experiences. The overriding priority may be to solve a problem rather than satisfy the social or emotional needs of others. The person values being creative rather than co-operative. The person with Asperger’s syndrome may perceive errors that are not apparent to others, giving considerable attention to detail, rather than noticing the ‘big picture’. The person is usually renowned for being direct, speaking their mind and being honest and determined and having a strong sense of social justice. The person may actively seek and enjoy solitude, be a loyal friend and have a distinct sense of humour. However, the person with Asperger’s Syndrome can have difficulty with the management and expression of emotions. Children and adults with Asperger’s syndrome may have levels of anxiety, sadness or anger that indicate a secondary mood disorder. There may also be problems expressing the degree of love and affection expected by others. Fortunately, we now have successful psychological treatment programs to help manage and express emotions.
The amusing part to me is "social justice". Clearly, it's meant in the broadest sense, but I do wonder how many social justice warriors are aspies.

I am aware that being aspie is dangerous: Man jailed for killing pedestrian with punch.