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Kajjie
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10 Apr 2009, 6:01 pm

One of my big obsessions was death. I had that one for years. I was mostly fascinated by suicide. I also liked capital punishment.
Paedophiles were a brief fascination, thankfully not an obsession.
Body modification was a recent obsession, going into disturbing stuff like people amputating their own limbs.
For a long time, I have liked mental illness. I've got a sort of fascination going on with that.

Does anyone else form 'special interests' in disturbing or innapropriate things? Is this what happens if you have Asperger's traits and mental health problems? Am I just twisted?



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10 Apr 2009, 6:10 pm

You're normal, actually. What you're having is the same instinct that makes people go to see haunted houses, watch horror movies, and slow down, trying to catch a glimpse, when they pass car accidents or see fire engines gathered in front of a building.

Add that human tendency to Aspie obsessiveness, and it's very possible to be fascinated with things like serial killers. I went through a phase when I was fascinated with them myself--it really amazed me how people might lose their consciences to such a degree that they enjoyed murdering. I also studied the Holocaust; my German heritage has always made me very interested--not particularly in the people who actually started it, like Hitler and his little circle, but the average people who allowed it. Of course that got me fascinated with the eugenics movement and with psychology, by way of the Milgram experiment, and I'm still very fascinated with psychology to this day.


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10 Apr 2009, 6:11 pm

yeah in my early teens I totally "fell in love" with a murderer. I simply went crushed on his photo in the papers...while he was the most hated person in the whole country for what he did...this was really unappropiate for my environment....
Around the same years I also was obsessed with disasters, the more people who died in the most extraordinary way the more obsessed I went...
The only excuse I have for it is that I was a depressed and confused and very lonely teenager...


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10 Apr 2009, 6:12 pm

Well, depression can express itself through a fascination with death. But plenty of people are interested in things like that, so it's not a surefire red flag.


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10 Apr 2009, 6:16 pm

I've been obsessed with capital punishments and crime
I have done some research on pedophilia but I was never obsessed with it. It was a good thing I looked it up because I learned not all of them molest kids and it's the 20% of them who do and I also looked the word up in the dictionary and it says sexual attraction to children. Plus I have seen another person saying online it's not illegal to be a pedophile, it's illegal to act on it.
So I would say not all pedophiles are bad. The bad ones are the ones who molest kids and sexually expose themselves to them and are real proud of their sexual attraction to them vs the ones who aren't proud of it and wish they could cure it and are seeking therapy because they are so concerned they will act on it or they want pills that will make them asexual so they won't get turned on and they don't do child pornography or act on it.



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10 Apr 2009, 6:25 pm

Callista - I also get interested in that sort of psychology stuff.
Do you think being depressed and being an aspie could lead to these dark obessions? I have had mental health problems and I wonder if it's something to do with that. I've also had disturbing dreams all my life.

Spokane_Girl - That's what interested me most - the paedophiles who don't hurt children.



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10 Apr 2009, 6:39 pm

I find Casey Anthony to be attractive. I would probably date her via prison correspondence.



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10 Apr 2009, 6:51 pm

Kajjie wrote:
Callista - I also get interested in that sort of psychology stuff.
Do you think being depressed and being an aspie could lead to these dark obessions? I have had mental health problems and I wonder if it's something to do with that. I've also had disturbing dreams all my life.
My obsessions with death did increase when I was depressed. As a child, that was a strong cognitive symptom--I would engage in long, involved fantasies about death. At the time I was nine years old or so; when I had my next episode in my mid-teens they were not very prominent, and my latest one, during the early twenties, didn't involve much fantasizing at all--the suicidal ideation then was much more overt, with thoughts about methods and plans.

Don't worry about the dreams unless they repeatedly replay a traumatic incident or disturb your sleep a lot--nightmares are pretty common and while you may wake up with your heart pounding, if you can go back to sleep and wake up refreshed you're fine.


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10 Apr 2009, 6:51 pm

I used to be very interested in serial killers and suicide.

I always had a very detached attitude towards death any no emotional response to the idea of my own mortality. I also have no understanding of taboos. Maybe some of these morbid interests reflect that.


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10 Apr 2009, 7:12 pm

i always liked to read about dictators



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10 Apr 2009, 7:24 pm

I was obsessed with my weight, which is a pretty inappropriate obsession.


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10 Apr 2009, 8:12 pm

Brusilov wrote:
I find Casey Anthony to be attractive. I would probably date her via prison correspondence.


You'd like to date this monster? I'd like to rearrange her face with a hammer.

Who kills a child.


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10 Apr 2009, 8:23 pm

sunshower wrote:
I was obsessed with my weight, which is a pretty inappropriate obsession.


a lot of women are like that



10 Apr 2009, 8:39 pm

Do lot of women starve themselves or throw up their food? :roll: That's when it's crossing the line about their weight. The majority doesn't do that. I know it's more common in females than males though to get an eating disorder.



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10 Apr 2009, 9:05 pm

Many aspie characteristics are on the outer edges of the bell curve that defines humaity, so it's probably no surprise that we can be fascinated by things that are not mainstream.

But I think we need to maintain perspective, and whereas studing mass murderers, for example, might lead us to a better understanding that may even prove useful (as in psychiatry), imitation of what they do would not be such a good idea.

I know some people who would tear the wings off Angels just to watch them bleed, but I've never encountered an aspie who would do this.


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10 Apr 2009, 9:09 pm

Shadow50 wrote:
I know some people who would tear the wings off Angels just to watch them bleed, but I've never encountered an aspie who would do this.


Sounds like a plan.

Now, where are the angels?