Aspergers and ADHD
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Satori Wrote:This is very interesting. Okay, here's something I'm wondering: I keep on reading these stupid lists of Aspergers "symptoms" on the web, and one thing that is repeatedly mentioned is that people with Aspergers have difficulty with abstract thought, that they think in concrete terms and take things literally. Yet there are also lists of famous people who are thought to have had Aspergers, and these lists include a lot of people who you'd think would be masters of abstract thought, metaphor, etc. -- writers and scientists. Explain?

Now when you say that people with Aspergers tend to lack empathy, do you mean they are unempathetic in the same way that a sociopath is -- that they don't care about other people's feelings, that people are basically objects to them? That doesn't seem to be the case, but that's what I think when I hear about "lack of empathy." And it would seem that a group of people who tend toward self-destructive behaviors when frustrated by societal misunderstanding and rejection clearly cannot be unemotional; perhaps "Aspies" feel as much emotion as anybody but just have a more introverted way of expressing it? You know, difficulty with facial expressions and verbalizing feelings?

IME, what people with Apserger's have a problem with is not THEIR emotions but understanding and interpreting the emotions/needs of others. It comes off as self-centeredness. It's not that they don't care about others or their feelings, they don't even *think* about them in the first place. It's not a conscious rejection, it's an absence of consideration..if that makes any sense. This is something they can learn. So much of what sets a person with AS apart can be learned if family, friends, school etc....take the time to teach them.
What would really set a person with AS apart from someone with a pathological lack of empathy like a sociopath is thier typically well defined sense of right and wrong. Aspie's tend to live in a very black and white world in many ways, including rule following. One blessing of an AS Catholic child is that they BELIEVE and expect everyone else to and defend their faith. On the flip side, some Aspie's have pretty serious anxiety (my son being one of them) and scrupulousity can be an issue.
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Aspergers and ADHD - by VoxClamantis - 08-22-2008, 05:53 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by kjvail - 08-22-2008, 09:17 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by DarkKnight - 08-22-2008, 10:37 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by britmum - 09-01-2008, 10:45 PM
Aspergers and ADHD - by Historian - 09-02-2008, 02:11 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by jovan66102 - 09-02-2008, 03:52 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by ResiduumRevertetur - 09-02-2008, 08:01 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by kjvail - 09-02-2008, 08:08 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by DarkKnight - 09-02-2008, 10:21 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by kjvail - 09-02-2008, 10:28 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by DarkKnight - 09-02-2008, 10:43 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by ResiduumRevertetur - 09-02-2008, 10:44 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by mom - 09-02-2008, 03:03 PM
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Aspergers and ADHD - by JesusFreak84 - 09-04-2008, 11:55 PM
Aspergers and ADHD - by Historian - 12-31-2008, 03:38 PM
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Aspergers and ADHD - by voxpopulisuxx - 01-01-2009, 11:53 AM
Aspergers and ADHD - by AdoramusTeChriste - 01-01-2009, 07:57 PM
Aspergers and ADHD - by Historian - 01-01-2009, 09:21 PM
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Aspergers and ADHD - by mom - 01-06-2009, 12:51 AM
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Aspergers and ADHD - by Historian - 01-06-2009, 03:08 AM
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Aspergers and ADHD - by VoxClamantis - 01-17-2009, 09:06 PM
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