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I guess if it's a "spectrum" we're all on it somewhere.

 

I'm an introvert, which sometimes makes me anti-social. My wife says I get "all peopled-out".

 

Certain odd OCD-like habits also run in my family. My dad used to check to make sure the door was locked like 6-8 times every night. My brother is always checking to make sure faucets aren't running. Me, I just chew my nails -- but if I let myself I'd be checking things constantly.

 

I also count to calm myself down -- even when I'm not angry.

 

So, is that on the spectrum?

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I guess if it's a "spectrum" we're all on it somewhere.

 

Good catch...I think.

 

I'm an introvert, which sometimes makes me anti-social. My wife says I get "all peopled-out".

 

I'm an introvert less by choice than by nature. I'd rather be social than not, but things haven't worked out that way. Lots of bad feelings left along the way...

 

 

 

Certain odd OCD-like habits also run in my family. My dad used to check to make sure the door was locked like 6-8 times every night. My brother is always checking to make sure faucets aren't running. Me, I just chew my nails -- but if I let myself I'd be checking things constantly.

 

I'm not really OCD (although I can't stop from biting my nails/hands), which is one of the things that makes me question whether autism's really an actual state, or if it's just a bunch of loose categories that therapists like to throw at people to make their own jobs easier.

 

 

 

So, is that on the spectrum?

 

http://rdos.net/eng/Aspie-quiz.php

 

No idea how reliable it is, but my results were:

 

Your Aspie score: 114 of 200

Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 69 of 200

You are very likely an Aspie

 

 

...of course, this is no substitute for a professional's opinion (not that one should necessarily place much stock in those, cough cough).

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Well then:

Your Aspie score: 98 of 200

Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 93 of 200

You seem to have both Aspie and neurotypical traits

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That was quite interesting! Thanks for sharing.

 

Your Aspie score: 43 of 200

Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 140 of 200

You are very likely neurotypical

 

Does this mean I'm not crazy?

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Your Aspie score: 77 of 200

Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 147 of 200

You are very likely neurotypical

 

Interesting. My parents were always curious about whether I had Asperger's when I was a kid. I don't really identify with being neurotypical, though, at least in terms of the social aspect. I can function in social situations, I just find socializing a lot less interesting than most people do (introvert by choice <3).

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The funny thing is, no one suspected it when I was a kid. I was almost 21 by the time I was diagnosed.

 

I used to try to convince myself that I was an introvert by choice, but now I'm not so sure. Anyway, it probably is a lot easier being introverted, whether you choose that path or not...

 

Are other people interesting? It really depends. I think traditional modes of conversation are boring, whereas relatively unorthodox discourse can be quite fascinating. Shame most people seem to be more interested in the former...

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I always find it amusing trying to explain to extroverts how I just don't find social situations inherently exciting, since most of them react like they can't fathom the very concept. Like, if a friend phones me up and says "hey, want to join me, X, Y, and Z? we're going downtown", my initial reaction is not :) but rather <_< at the thought of having to do the following:

 

1) Ride public transit for 1 hour while making pointless small talk

2) Walk around downtown for 1 hour while still talking about nothing interesting

3) Eat dinner for 1 hour while continuing to talk nothing about nothing

4) Walk around downtown for another hour while nothing talking nothing about nothing

5) Ride public transit back for yet another hour while nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing

 

More likely than not, if I accept, I get back to my house at the end of it all wishing I hadn't wasted 5 hours of my life (and some $) that I could have spent doing something actually enjoyable. Socializing is only enjoyable to me if I really enjoy being with the people involved, or we're doing/talking about something fun/important (which are all narrow categories). To anybody who has ever impatiently tapped their foot while waiting for something to get over with, that's my mental state whenever I socialize for the sole sake of socializing. Next time, I'm declining your invitation and getting back to my anime marathon / poker session / impromptu nap / etc. and feeling great about it.

 

/rant that I needed to get off my chest...I've met autistic people who feel the same way about social interaction, which I think is interesting and explains some of what I meant in my previous post.

 

Edit - also, practically none of this post applies to online interaction at all.

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Yeah, it wasn't my intention to try and claim Asperger's. I don't meet nearly enough of the necessary criteria. That particular introverted perspective does seem to be common among those that do legitimately have it, though, although that's just based on my own personal experiences with those who are autistic, and that's hardly a sample size large enough to draw serious conclusions from.

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my initial reaction is not :) but rather <_< at the thought of having to do the following:

 

1) Ride public transit for 1 hour while making pointless small talk

2) Walk around downtown for 1 hour while still talking about nothing interesting

3) Eat dinner for 1 hour while continuing to talk nothing about nothing

4) Walk around downtown for another hour while nothing talking nothing about nothing

5) Ride public transit back for yet another hour while nothing nothing nothing nothing nothing

 

This post made me laugh, mainly because it's so true! It's weird how social situations are rarely (never) as exciting as you might imagine them to be. I can completely understand why you'd give up on the whole concept.

 

"Small talk" is a terrible concept. The Native Americans had the right idea; don't say anything unless you have anything to say! Sadly, most people in Western cultures lack this sort of discipline.

 

(That said, I love public transit. Joyriding on the bus was one of the small pleasures of my teenaged life. Maybe it'd have been different were I forced to make small talk.)

 

 

More likely than not, if I accept, I get back to my house at the end of it all wishing I hadn't wasted 5 hours of my life (and some $) that I could have spent doing something actually enjoyable.

 

What do you find enjoyable?

 

 

 

also, practically none of this post applies to online interaction at all.

 

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I don't need to take that quiz. I am who I am! (Y)

 

It's true that autism is just another label...but then, knowing what you have can help you deal with those facets of your personality that might be seen as "odd" or otherwise unorthodox...or so I've been told.

 

 

 

 

Oh. Upon further inspection of the pdf thing, it would appear that I have mild ADD or something like that.

Wonderful.

 

Honestly, I seriously doubt that anyone who completed that quiz could have ADD. I don't have ADD, and yet I still grew impatient taking it. :)

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Your Aspie score: 45 of 200

Your neurotypical (non-autistic) score: 169 of 200

You are very likely neurotypical

 

That's nice.

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Din Aspie poäng : 88 av 200

Din neurotypiska (icke-autistiska) poäng: 137 av 200

Stor sannolikhet att du är neurotypisk

 

Interesting site!

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Well, not that this thread should be just about the quiz, but taking it isn't going to change who you are...

 

Edit - it isn't meant to tell you who you are, either.

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^Well, again, remember that you can have a label attached to you and still be who you are. :)

However, there is a dark side of being labeled autistic. I feel that I internalized the label as a negative trait when I was younger and thus limited my potential, and that autism became a crutch for me when things went wrong or life was too hard, even an excuse to behave badly and/or give up. The best solution, I find, is to work at progress, publicly discuss struggle and progress, and inspire others still living with autism and even other disabilities; I realized how valuable my testimony was in recent times, and this makes me less of an "autistic person" than a "person with autism," a distinction made in last night's anthropology class that makes all the difference in our self-image. The things that drive us to transcend ASD are important to know and appreciate in order to land on the positive side of the fence; for me, they are my friends, family, faith, instructors, appreciation for the finer things in life, and knowledge that my story does impact people. We should be aware of who we are as autistics, but not letting autism define us, rather to let what we make of it define us.

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^That was a really good post, ManipulatorGeneral. Autism's definitely not an excuse for poor behaviour (and I know I've fallen into that trap, unfortunately). On the flip side, as you said, it's important to recognize it so that you can build off of that knowledge (rather than letting it strangle you). That's why I think it's probably a good thing to know where you stand on the spectrum, even if you think that it's just a label. That it may be, but there are implications that you can use to your advantage...

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Well, not that this thread should be just about the quiz, but taking it isn't going to change who you are...

 

Edit - it isn't meant to tell you who you are, either.

 

Look I just don't want to take the quiz. Is that really a problem?

 

Geez people stop fricking harping on me over 1 fricking thing.

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