Why so many aspies are mistaken for being younger

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livingsunset
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30 Jul 2011, 10:58 pm

I'm 26 but people think I'm 19 at the most.

I've been told I have a baby-face, but I suppose I dress younger too. I wear all Hollister Co. clothing.



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30 Jul 2011, 11:05 pm

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Isn't it obviously cos the brain of an autistic is less active than that of an NT over the course of a lifetime - I mean isn't the brain supposed to use up 90% of the body's energy?!


I'm pretty sure my brain is more active than the average person since I see, hear, taste and feel more.



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31 Jul 2011, 3:07 am

Well one thing is i have never told someone my age without some sort of doubt (im 25). I liked being 18 and pretty much continue to live like i am for the most part. I have never smoked or had an alcoholic beverage and when i look at some of the people i went to school with you can kind of see its effect on their skin. I also really like wearing khaki shorts and a t shirt with tennis shoes when the weather is right ALL the time. Another clothes fact is i never really spend much money on clothes so this might also make me look less mature. I'd love to wear a suit or dress up when i go out on the weekends but i just don't feel like i could really pull it off without some effort that i don't want to exert.

Now on the other hand im pretty goal driven and everything i do is pre planned. Alot of people my age get themselves into responsibilities they just can't deal with. I live my life a different way than most with mostly positive outcomes and im proud of this, i occasionally make this known. I can also have pretty deep conversations with some people that they usually see as very mature. Another thing if i don't keep my hair really short you can notice a decent amount of grey hair.

So it really depends on how i interact with people.



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31 Jul 2011, 11:10 am

i reckon it's more to do with how i act than how i look. i'm very shy/awkward/nervous/quiet which i guess comes across as juvenile and gives the impression of a awkward teenager rather than an adult.

lookwise i think being uncurvy and having wide eyes/fat cheeks contributes.



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31 Jul 2011, 11:24 am

Because we're quite naive.



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31 Jul 2011, 11:28 am

Sectumsempra wrote:
I think it's to do with behaviour and the way we dress. I've been told people think I'm about 12 years old because
1. I look at everything with 'childish wonder' as if it's all new to me.
2. I like things that are usually aimed at entertaining children.
3. I barely look at anyone, or speak to anyone.
4. I wear boot style slippers instead of shoes and apparently don't dress like other people my age.
5. I like to sit on floors and in corners. I'm safer that way.


Pretty much me in a nutshell



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31 Jul 2011, 4:17 pm

livingsunset wrote:
undefineable wrote:
Isn't it obviously cos the brain of an autistic is less active than that of an NT over the course of a lifetime - I mean isn't the brain supposed to use up 90% of the body's energy?!


I'm pretty sure my brain is more active than the average person since I see, hear, taste and feel more.


SAME HERE! Heck, I have typically done things I am good at at least 3 times as fast as others. Sometimess I am carrying what a TEAM was supposed to do. I understand more about the subjects, etc... If my brain is less active than average, then others must be INCREDIBLY stupid! I mean WHAT? Are they like an intel4004 compared to me being an intel i7? I mean SERIOUSLY! You could use all the ability of a 4004, and never touch an i7. The 4004 is like the first one intel made, and the i7 is practically the last one. GRANTED, I consider myself AS, but that is STILL autism. I also learned to speak and read english about twice as fast as the average student. It's too bad that that trend didn't continue to my current age!



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31 Jul 2011, 4:47 pm

livingsunset wrote:
undefineable wrote:
Isn't it obviously cos the brain of an autistic is less active than that of an NT over the course of a lifetime - I mean isn't the brain supposed to use up 90% of the body's energy?!


I'm pretty sure my brain is more active than the average person since I see, hear, taste and feel more.


Consciously, yes; subconsciously and unconciously NTs have to do a lot more processing in order to reach the pattern of final perceptions and active responses (many of both also being semi-conscious if not subconscious) that separate them from us. There's a hidden positive for us in my argument, as it makes NTs more mechanical/animal and less deliberate than us.