Another Spectrum

Personal ramblings and rants of a somewhat twisted mind

Aspie Challenge #2

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I’m not Rain Man

If I feel secure enough to tell you that I am on the autism spectrum, it doesn’t mean I have suddenly turned into Rain Man

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Author: Barry

A post war baby boomer from Aotearoa New Zealand who has lived with migraines for as long as I can remember and was diagnosed as being autistic aged sixty. I blog because in real life I'm somewhat backwards about coming forward with my opinions.

6 thoughts on “Aspie Challenge #2

  1. I’ve heard things like this since I was in my early teens, but I don’t agree with the “autism spectrum”. I see the world in a very honest and direct way. That’s not bad or incorrect. In essence it’s more accurate than the wishful thinkers- as I call everyone else 🙂
    The happy face means my comment disagrees by I’m not being intentionally unpleasant.

  2. Rain Man was an extreme. I know quite a few people who are somewhere on the spectrum, but perfectly able to function just like all the rest of us. They maybe have a few quirks, but don’t we all? I’m not trying to make light of the condition, but to put it into perspective. There are variations of degree in every aspect of life. That’s what makes the human race so interesting.

    • That’s why it’s called a spectrum. While it’s true that most people don’t realise I’m on the spectrum, most people do see my “quirkiness”.

      But what practically no-one sees is the huge amount of effort I have to put in to pass as “normal”. I’ve done it all my life, although for the first 60 years I didn’t understand why I found it so difficult. I assumed it was the same for everyone, but whenever I suggested ways of making things easier, I was always rebuffed. These days I know why.

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