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littlebopeep
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21 Jan 2008, 5:38 pm

What do you see are the positive attributes of autism?



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21 Jan 2008, 5:43 pm

One attribute that immediately comes to mind is the potential for Godly intellectual capacities. One need only remind oneself that many of the world's calculating prodigies have been diagnosed autistic.

Also, specialization is very important in our economy. If one person diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome has a special interest in food production, he may trade quality food for a quality shelter built by a person diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome who has a special interest in house design.


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21 Jan 2008, 5:53 pm

Honesty and a childlike playfulness.


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21 Jan 2008, 5:58 pm

Basshead wrote:
Honesty and a childlike playfulness.

Agreed.


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21 Jan 2008, 5:59 pm

Curious about everything


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21 Jan 2008, 6:00 pm

'Bout time we agreed on something :D


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21 Jan 2008, 6:00 pm

Noticing things most people don't.

Being easily amused.


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21 Jan 2008, 6:10 pm

Honesty and curiosity...

I wonder if that's the reason my favorite song when I was about 12 was
"Honesty..." (Billy Joel)...



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21 Jan 2008, 6:12 pm

well on the aspergers end of it, I'm sure I wouldn't be college valedictorian if I weren't an aspie :D



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21 Jan 2008, 6:14 pm

The ability to have an encyclopedia-like knowledge in one's area of interest seems worth trading any neurotypical social-skill for.



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21 Jan 2008, 6:28 pm

YIKES, I came too late! How about...... ALL OF THE ABOVE! 8-)

It seems that being aspie and, to a degree, a lot of autism in general, is like a 747! The NTs bye it stock, load it up with seats, and paint it. The Aspies tweak the engines, clean up the cockpit, and throw in electronics. SO, Which one is better? The painted aircraft takes more fuel, and doesn't navigate as well, but may be simpler to fly. The plane one costs less to fly, navigates better, but can't transport people as well.



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21 Jan 2008, 6:47 pm

Getting a degree in maths and thinking "Wow! That was easy"


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21 Jan 2008, 7:38 pm

(Usually) high intelligence, the ability to retain facts for recall, the ability to make correlations between data sets and come to a 'new idea'. The ability to concentrate, even hyperconcentrate and focus on something. Being witty, being smart, being funny.

Don't forget devilishly handsome. :twisted:

Oh, and the License to Kill... can't forget that.


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21 Jan 2008, 7:58 pm

Quote:
What is positive about autism?
nothing.



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21 Jan 2008, 8:58 pm

Many are in relation to its negatives:

The ability to focus on a single topic with all of ones mind/attention
A lack of care for social norms provides truthful/insightful answers where others fear treading as they see that their social status will be jeopardized
A "childlike" innocence/demeanor in individuals who're adults (not to be confused with immaturity)
The ability to see things, many overlooked things (details...)