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EzraS
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21 Sep 2016, 6:25 pm

Do you think if you did not have autism, you would not have your special interests?


I think those with autism seem more fixated over their special interests. And it/they might be more dominant in the life of someone with autism, since they are not doing other things like socializing.

But I think everyone has special interests, and I can't see losing mine if I lost my autism. Right now my big interest is Lord of the Rings Online video game. Which has a forum and very many people have played it daily for years and are even more involved in it than I am. And I think the majority of them don't have autism.



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21 Sep 2016, 6:32 pm

From what I can gather the big difference between autistic special interests and nautistic interests is the intensity and longevity of autistic interests. Nautistic people's interests are things that they do to occupy free time, when they don't have more important things to do, whereas with autistic people their special interests are the important thinsg to do.


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21 Sep 2016, 6:33 pm

It is difficult to say. My special interests are genealogy, history, law and politics. The common thread between them is that they rely on facts. I believe that, for me, facts are more reliable than ever-changing whims of humans. Maybe that is why my special interests are ... special. I might have slight interests in the same areas if I no longer was autistic, but the degree of my fascination with them would be much reduced or absent.

I have, in other topics, discussed this same theory based on my book collection. Books don't judge. Humans do.


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21 Sep 2016, 6:35 pm

I knew an NT guy once who was absolutely obsessed with horse racing, odds, horse genealogy, and everything having to do with the horse racing community.

This obsession prevented him from finding work other than betting on horses LOL



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21 Sep 2016, 6:37 pm

kraftiekortie wrote:
I knew an NT guy once who was absolutely obsessed with horse racing, odds, horse genealogy, and everything having to do with the horse racing community.

This obsession prevented him from finding work other than betting on horses LOL

A special interest that can provide a living?!? Hmmm....


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21 Sep 2016, 6:41 pm

He was lucky. He was virtually bankrupt at one time.

Then he took out a $50,000 loan with his father as co-signer.

He paid that off quite quickly with his winnings.

As far as I know, he still makes a living this way.



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21 Sep 2016, 7:54 pm

kraftiekortie wrote:
I knew an NT guy once who was absolutely obsessed with horse racing, odds, horse genealogy, and everything having to do with the horse racing community.

This obsession prevented him from finding work other than betting on horses LOL


My great uncle is like that about horse racing. He used to take my dad to the Hollywood Park race track sometimes and my dad saw a lot of celebrities there because my uncle belonged to the Turf Club. My uncle made a lot of money betting. But he also owned a business.



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21 Sep 2016, 7:59 pm

My mother had a boyfriend like that, too.

He had a special red phone which he used whenever his bookie called him.



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21 Sep 2016, 8:01 pm

AspieUtah wrote:
kraftiekortie wrote:
I knew an NT guy once who was absolutely obsessed with horse racing, odds, horse genealogy, and everything having to do with the horse racing community.

This obsession prevented him from finding work other than betting on horses LOL

A special interest that can provide a living?!? Hmmm....


There are a lot of jobs attached to law, politics and genealogy.



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21 Sep 2016, 8:04 pm

Yep...quite a few! One of them being President!



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21 Sep 2016, 8:05 pm

I'm always obsessed about crafting. I even bring it during work, just so happens people around me got the attraction. (Currently, it's crocheting)
But crafting is a various topic other than just handicrafts. I don't "talk" about them without actually showing them something otherwise things will be jarring (I'm a huge visual thinker). Also I do my best not to bring it out, and separate my special interest thoughts from real time.

But if one brings me enough materials and ask me about it... I might spill. (Infodump) :twisted:


And, I *did* sold my craft/'service' in few occasions. :twisted:


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21 Sep 2016, 8:08 pm

EzraS wrote:
AspieUtah wrote:
kraftiekortie wrote:
I knew an NT guy once who was absolutely obsessed with horse racing, odds, horse genealogy, and everything having to do with the horse racing community.

This obsession prevented him from finding work other than betting on horses LOL

A special interest that can provide a living?!? Hmmm....

There are a lot of jobs attached to law, politics and genealogy.

Yes. But, for most of my life, I worked in film, and in marketing and public relations. They are a little related to politics, I guess. The thing was my unknown autism. I was fired as often as I quit work. Either way, my employers didn't care, as long as I was gone.


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21 Sep 2016, 9:57 pm

I've always had a special interest in 60s music and fashion. Mod fashion to be exact. Now that I have a decent TV set, I seem to have transitioned from Music World to TV Land. I watch Me TV a lot and my weekdays are not complete without an episode of Hogan's Heroes. Two episodes are better. I also like Happy Days, The Monkees, Mama's Family, Are You Being Served? and The Brady Bunch.


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22 Sep 2016, 10:06 am

Yes. I do fear that I would lose the one thing that has helped me navigate through this chaotic battlefield called life.


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22 Sep 2016, 11:00 am

EzraS wrote:
But I think everyone has special interests, and I can't see losing mine if I lost my autism. Right now my big interest is Lord of the Rings Online video game. Which has a forum and very many people have played it daily for years and are even more involved in it than I am. And I think the majority of them don't have autism.


Gaming also has an addictive factor.
Watched once a documentary about game-addiction.
Non-autistics (and autistics) can develop addictions.
I am not saying that you are addicted to it, but special interests are a bit like an addiction for an autistic person anyway, but the point I want to make is that at least a few of the lots of these people you mention might be addicted to gaming.
I would not write this if your special interest would be something like plane-spotting and you would write that you saw many people do it for years.
In that case I would be surprised.


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22 Sep 2016, 11:38 am

Some of the subjects I've been interested in over the years weren't very socially appropriate. I probably wouldn't have developed those. But otherwise, yeah. I'd probably still like most of the things I'm into.


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