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I realize this is an old post, but I wanted to comment on it because I totally agree with Jen's comment. Although I am confident that I would have been diagnosed as having Asperger's if it had been "discovered" when I was growing up, I am viewed by many people as being an extrovert. Actually, this is far from the truth. Someone I was close to came up with the concept of "introverts leading extrovert lives" which very much encapsulates what my life has been like. I'm a loner (primarily because I don't easily make male friends) but if I choose to get involved in something I present as a leader and have been the president of numerous civic organizations, a corporate executive, etc. Although I have played these roles well it is very much "role playing." For example, there is nothing I detest more than making small talk at a business cocktail party with people I barely know and don't really want to talk to; I'd rather read a book or watch Netflix! As for my success in all these "high profile roles", it simply goes to show that "girls can do anything!"Jen wrote:April wrote:
Jen, I tend to agree with your comments here, but the autistic spectrum people I have known are as you say very "withdrawn". I always felt rather extroverted. I was always trying to be at the center of the action, and yet I often felt inadequate in regards to that objective. My entire life has been a search for formula that would put me at the middle of things.But until I transitioned, I was always trying to do that as a guy, and things just seemed out sync for me doing it that way. It is just way easier for me to live what I feel by doing it all by a different set of gender rules.April,
The autism spectrum is very broad. A challenge in sensory processing, hyper and hypo, is just one of the traits. The others are language challenges and learning issues (high-functioning/low-functioning IQs). I suspect the guys you met fit the common autists (the withdrawn ones). We often come across these kids in our schools, but the extroverted ones can still have unusual sensitivity traits and higher-than-average cognitive (learning) abilities, high functioning autists they are known.
Yes, the 4th wave crowd. With them, autism is the diagnosis of choice. I wonder how many of those kids are really autistic, and how many of those are the result of parents shopping for an anything but trans diagnosis, and then attempting to use that diagnosis to invalidate a trans identity.Xora wrote: Of course there is always an opposition view..
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