Does anyone here fit the aspergers stereotype?

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Evemarx
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01 Oct 2013, 3:59 pm

Hi,

I definitely don't fit the stereotype. I hate maths, I know nothing about trains... And I'm a girl.

I encounter people who have the attitude that if I don't fit the stereotype, then I don't have asperger's.

Does anyone actually fit the stereotype??



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01 Oct 2013, 4:05 pm

I don't fit the stereotypes either. But a lot of people seem to get confused with stereotypes and symptoms.

About being a math genius is a stereotype. I am extremely poor at maths, science and technology - the topics people seem to stereotype Aspies to be really into.

Also my special interests are with certain people, not objects, facts, video games or animals. When I say that my special interest is about buses, people assume that I know everything about how a bus works or can memorize all the routes, or that I'm a trainspotter (or in my case, a ''bus spotter''). But I'm none of those. I am interested in the people that drive the buses, so if you asked me how a bus works or how many routes the company runs or where they all go, I wouldn't have a clue. I even have to keep checking the bus schedule. But I can memorize nearly all the faces of the bus-drivers. But just saying that the stereotype in an Aspie being obsessed with buses is memorizing the routes or something.


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01 Oct 2013, 4:13 pm

Don't fit the stereotype, and I don't fit all the symptoms either.



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01 Oct 2013, 4:16 pm

I fit the nerd/geek/dork stereotype, and I love math and trains.


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01 Oct 2013, 4:27 pm

No textbook aspie here.


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01 Oct 2013, 4:55 pm

Some of the stereotypes I fit and some I don't.

I like going outside. I don't mind crowds although I am usually by myself. I love watching baseball and hockey although I suck at playing them.

But aspie (amoung other things) is what we all are


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01 Oct 2013, 4:56 pm

i wish i did fit the stereotype. then maybe people would be more understanding and not have the expectation that i function normally, which is then undermined and they blame me, assuming i do it on purpose.

BF has suggested i get some horn-rimmed glasses and tape them up.


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01 Oct 2013, 4:56 pm

Nobody ever perfectly fits any stereotype.


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01 Oct 2013, 4:57 pm

My math skills almost kept me from graduating High School. :oops: My brain has an aversion to Higher Math and shuts down whenever an alphabetic character is inserted into a numerical equation. :hmph:

Had an electric train set as a child, but it wasn't an obsession. My kindergarten class went on a field trip to ride a passenger train once. That was kinda cool.

However, I have virtually every actual symptom in the DSM.



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01 Oct 2013, 5:29 pm

I don't know what the stereotype is.

I've read both of Tony Attwood's books cover to cover and was still at a loss what Aspgers was. This site has given me more insight to the condition than his books did.

I'm not obviously Aspergers (from someone elses point of view). I can socialise and function normaly within society.

All my difficulties are mental/cognitive. Confusion and conflict avoidence, types of things.



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01 Oct 2013, 5:51 pm

I am into technology, can do math, but have no idea what career I want.


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01 Oct 2013, 5:58 pm

1401b wrote:
Nobody ever perfectly fits any stereotype.


Wise words!

I'm British but hate tea! :lol:

To the OP:
There's a saying that goes, "If you've met one person with Asperger;s...you met one person with Asperger's."



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01 Oct 2013, 6:00 pm

Evemarx wrote:
Does anyone here fit the aspergers stereotype?

WHICH Asperger's stereotype?

:lol:


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01 Oct 2013, 6:14 pm

I cannot do math, need fingers to count.
But childhood special interests were trains and further more planes.
Still want to build up a Maerklin H0 railway and can identify any plane in the air plus knowledge as fuel per kilometer etc.
Lot of knowledge.
Identify planes easily.


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01 Oct 2013, 7:20 pm

I sort of fit the stereotype..

Stereoptypic:
Great at putting together complex jigsaw puzzles, loved stacking things as a child, love technical manuals and maps, love science, hate eye contact and being in crowds, awkward, eccentric, great difficulty expressing myself, was bullied at school, pedantic, aloof, difficulty making friends or being liked, strange interests, can spend huge amounts of time engrossed in my interests, don't like loud music because it overloads my ears, can't stand certain smells that many NTs like, get headaches from certain chemicals that don't bother other people, sensitive skin, irritable bowel syndrome, really don't understand NTs and their social rules, many basic social interaction protocols are not instinctive, naturally clumsy, slow at learning sports, pretty bad at reading expressions on faces, was slow to learn hygiene, I don't learn the way other people do.

Unstereotypic:
I didn't have bad enough tantrums or meltdowns to get identified as autistic during childhood, didn't have as noticeable stimming activity (mine was more subtle but I still did it a lot), learned language on time (but sucked at expressing myself), not a savant, generally quiet and don't talk loud, not a male.



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01 Oct 2013, 8:15 pm

I wonder how I stack up.

Great at putting together complex jigsaw puzzles. Yep.
Loved stacking things as a child. I don't know.
Love technical manuals and maps. Yep.
Love science. Yep.
Hate eye contact and being in crowds. Yep, but I've improved lots over the years.
Awkward. Yep.
Eccentric. Yep.
Great difficulty expressing myself. Not really.
Was bullied at school. Yep.
Pedantic. Not really.
Aloof. I can be.
Difficulty making friends or being liked. Yep.
Strange interests. Yep.
Can spend huge amounts of time engrossed in my interests. Yep.
Don't like loud music because it overloads my ears. Nope. I love it loud, actually.
Can't stand certain smells that many NTs like. Like which ones?
Get headaches from certain chemicals that don't bother other people. I don't know.
Sensitive skin. A little, not really.
Irritable bowel syndrome. Nope.
Really don't understand NTs and their social rules. Yep.
Many basic social interaction protocols are not instinctive. Yep.
Naturally clumsy. Yes, but growing out of it.
Slow at learning sports. Yep. I actually don't play sports.
Pretty bad at reading expressions on faces. I think I've outgrown this trait.
Was slow to learn hygiene. Nope.
I don't learn the way other people do. Yep.
I didn't have bad enough tantrums or meltdowns to get identified as autistic during childhood. Yep.
Didn't have as noticeable stimming activity. Nope. It actually drove people crazy and they told me to stop all the time.
Learned language on time. Yep. Was never asked to express myself, though.
Not a savant. Yep.
Generally quiet and don't talk loud. Yep.
Not a male. Nope.