Is "attention to details" a stereotype?

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16 Dec 2021, 6:26 am

ToughDiamond wrote:
If I understand it right, it's not a black-and-white thing. It's not a case of NTs never seeing any details and Aspies seeing nothing but details. It's just a general tendency in that direction, with a fair degree of overlap between the two groups. And it may be that, to a degree, NTs find it easier to flip between the overview and the details, while Aspies tend to cone down on details and have trouble stepping back to see the overview. But only to a degree, and there will be exceptions.

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16 Dec 2021, 8:58 am

This is a tough one. So many on the spectrum have matching comorbidities (i.e., ptsd, anxiety, adhd, etc.) that manifest similarly to autism. For instance, do I notice details because I'm autistic or do I notice details because I'm hyper-vigilant due to ptsd? I'm not sure there's an easy way to untangle crossover symptoms.

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16 Dec 2021, 10:08 am

Joe90 wrote:
I still don't know what attention to details actually means. Anyone can notice details. Some NTs who are talented in art or even cooking spend a lot of time working on the details. And movies and cartoons have so many little details put in that even I couldn't think up. And some NTs even notice tiny details in movies and cartoons, like little goofs and stuff that I always miss because I'm following the plot, not looking for goofs (unless they're really obvious).

As you mention most NT that are good at details also excel in areas that most common people don't. These NT people are outliers. Among autistics you'd find many more of these specialists. You need to be autistic to be able to sit at a computer for the extended period that it takes for example.

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16 Dec 2021, 6:44 pm

Dandansson wrote:
...I miss details all the time.

Like most things for ASD I am ON or OFF. So I can be highly detailed, or not at all. I am detailed about puzzles and numbers, my ASD BFF is detailed about dates, another friend is detailed about clothing. For the life of me I can't remember dates nor what my kids are wearing. I can't even remember where I put the top of the yogurt that I just opened. But I could tell you DMC floss numbers going back 40 years.


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16 Dec 2021, 6:47 pm

I'm detailed about dates----but certainly not about clothes.....