As an aspie, how does your intelligence compare with others?

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09 Oct 2021, 9:21 am

As an aspie, how does your intelligence compare with others?
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And are we only smart at our interests?



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09 Oct 2021, 9:56 am

Depends on the person.

Like everyone else, I’m smart in some things, and stupid in others.

I’m smarter than most about geography. I’m dumber than most about plumbing.



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09 Oct 2021, 10:16 am

Agree with Kraftiekortie. I am smart in some places, but really dumb in others. Social situations are a good example.



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09 Oct 2021, 10:20 am

The question still stands also what are you good and bad at?



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09 Oct 2021, 10:24 am

In comparison to others I consider myself to be of average intelligence.

I'm educated to masters level - but what helped me here is my ability to focus and my aversion to leaving things unfinished. Sometimes at work colleagues think I am smarter than I am as a result of some of the work I produce - I dont agree with them, its down to my tenacity and how I structure things. Its a style, nothing to do with intelligence. On the other hand I often come across as below par especially in relation to social (and worse still) emotional issues - for obvious reasons and again, nothing to do with intelligence in my view.


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09 Oct 2021, 10:27 am

General statement: I think quite a number of us tend to be more analytical than the average NT. I'm not sure if this is connected with autism directly, or if we're forced to be more analytical after a lifetime of wondering why so many things go wrong socially. Perhaps we train our brains to ponder more and it becomes part of our character.

Analytical thinking doesn't necessarily mean an above-average intelligence, but I do think it's almost like a life-long brain teaser that forces us to exercise more of our mental capacity than the average individual.



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09 Oct 2021, 10:37 am

I'm smarter than the average bear.

Which unfortunately is quite sub-par by human standards. :nerdy:


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09 Oct 2021, 10:52 am

Technic1 wrote:
As an aspie, how does your intelligence compare with others?


I know this is going to sound conceited but (this is how i feel), I hardly run into anyone who i consider "intelligent" irl, most interactions leave me bored disinterested, apathetic or even annoyed .

Technic1 wrote:
And are we only smart at our interests?

yes. i believe the key is to have a wide span of interests.

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On the other hand I often come across as below par especially in relation to social (and worse still) emotional issues - for obvious reasons and again, nothing to do with intelligence in my view.


I feel like a performer. sometime I'm firing on all cylinders, very quick, very engaged, next time i meet a person i complete bomb and shut down ad don't really say much. I'm kinda inconsistent, and emotional temperamental. again like you said this has nothing to do with the cerebral cortex, It's the amygdala. cognitive (analytical) vs emotional (social)


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09 Oct 2021, 11:15 am

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Technic1 wrote:
As an aspie, how does your intelligence compare with others?


I know this is going to sound conceited but (this is how i feel), I hardly run into anyone who i consider "intelligent" irl, most interactions leave me bored disinterested, apathetic or even annoyed .

Technic1 wrote:
And are we only smart at our interests?

yes. i believe the key is to have a wide span of interests.

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On the other hand I often come across as below par especially in relation to social (and worse still) emotional issues - for obvious reasons and again, nothing to do with intelligence in my view.


I feel like a performer. sometime I'm firing on all cylinders, very quick, very engaged, next time i meet a person i complete bomb and shut down ad don't really say much. I'm kinda inconsistent, and emotional temperamental. again like you said this has nothing to do with the cerebral cortex, It's the amygdala. cognitive (analytical) vs emotional (social)


I have heard that aspies can be social or logical.

Is that what you said at the end of your post?

What can you tell me about social vs logical but not both at the same time?



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09 Oct 2021, 11:17 am

ezbzbfcg2 wrote:
General statement: I think quite a number of us tend to be more analytical than the average NT. I'm not sure if this is connected with autism directly, or if we're forced to be more analytical after a lifetime of wondering why so many things go wrong socially. Perhaps we train our brains to ponder more and it becomes part of our character.

Analytical thinking doesn't necessarily mean an above-average intelligence, but I do think it's almost like a life-long brain teaser that forces us to exercise more of our mental capacity than the average individual.


I think that this is a really good point.

It certainly makes sense to me.


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09 Oct 2021, 12:20 pm

I don't really have special interests and I never have done. I'm a very practical person though and I have a tendency to see something and I can instantly see how it can be made better. So in that respect I'm quite smart. I wouldnt say I'm smarter that none asd people at all. In fact I wouldn't say that I'm smarter or even as smart as most people.

I don't really want to be either. Being brainy would have never worked for me really.



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09 Oct 2021, 12:32 pm

Technic1 wrote:
What can you tell me about social vs logical but not both at the same time?


I can tell you there's two distinct networks in the brain, the Default Mode Network and Task Positive Network, one is generally to do with social (aka people orientated), the other is generally described as dealing with rational logical analytical mathematical processes (aka object orientated).

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While it is very well documented that the TPN and DMN tend to be antagonistic, both at rest and during the performance of tasks, the dichotomy between these networks is not absolute. They can be simultaneously activated and work in cooperation with each other (Fornito et al., 2012; Meyer et al., 2012).


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09 Oct 2021, 3:10 pm

I've never felt smarter than others on average. The kids at school felt like geniuses to me. I used to wonder how they contained the information the teacher was telling us, and I would sit there not having a clue what the teacher had just been telling us and so had to ask the other kids to help me with the work.


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09 Oct 2021, 3:25 pm

Mine is uneven enough to be compared in a contradictory manner.

But in the end, it doesn't matter.
Only that I know where I compensate and where I need less effort, I know what I dislike and like, I know where I'd be useful or useless... :lol:


WHEN I'd be, however -- that's my issue. :lol:
It confuses me. It confuses everyone else.
Sometimes I can keep up with whatever they labeled as geniuses, sometimes I might as well be average, sometimes it's best I leave everything else to others.
Sure, I can alright but how often and when?


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09 Oct 2021, 3:40 pm

babybird wrote:
I don't really have special interests and I never have done. I'm a very practical person though and I have a tendency to see something and I can instantly see how it can be made better. So in that respect I'm quite smart. I wouldnt say I'm smarter that none asd people at all. In fact I wouldn't say that I'm smarter or even as smart as most people.

I don't really want to be either. Being brainy would have never worked for me really.


i think a self effacing really brilliant person, would describe themselves in the manner above. :nerdy:
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09 Oct 2021, 4:01 pm

theprisoner wrote:
Technic1 wrote:
What can you tell me about social vs logical but not both at the same time?


I can tell you there's two distinct networks in the brain, the Default Mode Network and Task Positive Network, one is generally to do with social (aka people orientated), the other is generally described as dealing with rational logical analytical mathematical processes (aka object orientated).

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While it is very well documented that the TPN and DMN tend to be antagonistic, both at rest and during the performance of tasks, the dichotomy between these networks is not absolute. They can be simultaneously activated and work in cooperation with each other (Fornito et al., 2012; Meyer et al., 2012).

It is just my veiw.. but i think this theory needs to be fleshed out abit more . Am thinking in a variety of situations the physical manifestation of the brains( Physical) neurological system might be a consideration . ( neural fiber density) recent research has also pointed to a lack of neural pruning in childhood Could be considered a issue in autistic individuals .? Possibly lopsided brain development?
And various areas of the brains development .ANd possible misfiring in the areas concerned in the above """ Networks ?"""


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