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08 Dec 2011, 11:18 am

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GUESS MY AGE


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08 Dec 2011, 11:20 am

I look like im 15-16 when in reality im actually 18. im really self-conscious about it, but it will probably benefit me when im older.


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08 Dec 2011, 2:37 pm

TheWingman wrote:
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Besides genetics......

As I stated in my post, Autistics do NOT(for the most part) have the TYPE of stress related to maintaining a 40hr week plus job, paying a monthly mortgage, and raising children. Why ? Because according to statistics people with Autism disproportionately do NOT have these things.

Everyone has stress. It's a fact of life. BUT, stress related to 'what'. This rat race will kill you and for the most part Autistics are NOT a part of IT.

For example: The president of the United States has stress related to dealing with national and global issues on a daily basis that effect billions of people in addition to stress related issues of the common every day man. For the most part, presidents don't age well, either.

Having to focus on self vs. having to balance that focus on self and others in spite of a condition is a whole other world.



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MMM I still maintain that aspies have more stress than others. Every life can be stressfull, that's for sure, but most of the people just do what they have to do and have stress now and then due to unexpected events occuring. The stress of an aspie - like me, is that you just don't feet anywhere, at least you feel this way, dealing with everyday life situation can be much more difficult. Aspies have more difficulties with people, feell more lonely and thus more depressed.

When you are an aspie, at least you have greats friends plus a confortable source of revenu doing something you like, that's gonna be a tough life for you.


TheWingman, if you could have research done on anything that would make your life easier, what would that be?

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08 Dec 2011, 3:58 pm

TheSunAlsoRises wrote:
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TheWingman, if you could have research done on anything that would make your life easier, what would that be?

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What do you mean?



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08 Dec 2011, 5:03 pm

Is it possible that our naive traits make us seem younger? I mean I agree with you both of the two aspies I know look very young, I myself look very young as well, but is it possible this plays a role?



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08 Dec 2011, 6:53 pm

well Im 30 and people are always thinking that me and my 13 yr old are sisters



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08 Dec 2011, 11:37 pm

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Is it possible that our naive traits make us seem younger? I mean I agree with you both of the two aspies I know look very young, I myself look very young as well, but is it possible this plays a role?


Yes, it's a factor too. Most definitely.

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09 Dec 2011, 12:16 am

I suggest part of the answer may be in hormones. Domesticated features bring about the appearance of extended youth through neoteny.


http://www.neoteny.org/

This is an interesting site, with some theories regarding autism and neoteny, that may be relevant to the issue of why some autistic individuals have youthful or neotenous features.

It sounds reasonable to me that lack of expression could result in less wrinkles, but it seems to go further than just a lack of wrinkles.

I haven't really seen any hard scientific evidence to support greater domesticated features in those with autism, but I think that may be, in part, because the focus of research to date has for the most part neglected targeting the population of individuals diagnosed with Aspergers.

That's just anecdotal opinion though, based soley on my personal experience.



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09 Dec 2011, 4:03 am

I look very young too. I´m 33 and most people think I´m around my early 20s. I´m happy with that actually :), no wrinkles, no cremes, etc.
I think it has also to do with the mental attitude of being naive, innocent. Soul and body are connected. I´m understanding this better now since I started with Yoga which I recommend to everyone here :).



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10 Dec 2011, 9:15 am

I won the bouncing baby competition for 15 years on a trot. No seriously though I get sick of people telling me that I look younger because I don't think I do. I think the person who said about the naivety making us seem younger has a good point.



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10 Dec 2011, 9:26 am

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Why do we look younger?


In my case, probably to compensate on how old I feel inside.
That said, the thread title is presented as if it is universal fact, I don't know how young or old I may look to other people.


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10 Dec 2011, 10:32 am

I'm 14 and I'm told I could easily pass for 17.... my height is the only issue.

So I'm kind of the opposite, I look older than I am..


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10 Dec 2011, 11:26 am

I never really thought that it could be something that we have in common. I'm 27 and everybody at work thinks I'm between the ages of 19-22


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10 Dec 2011, 12:13 pm

Interesting topic.

Growing up, I was always tall for my age and people thought I was older than I really am. Right now I'm 37, and been told I look like I'm in my mid-20's. I was at an school meeting for my daughter and one of the specialists there (we've never met prior to the meeting) thought I was my daughter (she's 14). I thought, must be some older looking students in this building!

And then the other evening, I was at the supermarket, waiting for my kid to take care of some business at customer service and the security guard was eyeing my bags that had cake pans and asked who was baking a cake. I said, my daughter, and I kind of nodded towards the CS booth. He had a strange look on my face and said I must have had her when I was really young. I said, not really, at 22, he was shocked! Said I look like I'm in my 20's.

I've been told my 32 year old sister looks older than me, but she isn't an older looking person. I think she just looks more mature than me.


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11 Dec 2011, 1:08 am

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Maybe we just develop very slowly. In physical characteristics as well as social traits. We are behind the NT's in those respects. But I think technically and logically we are way ahead of the lot of them put together.
Good point.AS is a developmental issue.We are behind NT's socially so perhaps it also affects our rate of aging.Many people think I am in my late 20's or about 30 when I am actually 45.