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In the hopes of helping people better understand this neurological differences in our mentality and the way our brain functions, I wanted to better explain some of the stereotypes a little better to prevent Autism as being a trend or an excuse for bad behavior. 

Anti-social



This is not necessarily a symptom of Asperger's but many Aspies can become anti-social at times when there's too many bad experiences with socializing with his or her's peers. 

You need to understand that we crave social interactions too and that just because you hate society or is anti-social doesn't really make it a symptom of Asperger's.

There's other factors as in do you have trouble socializing with others ? Do you find small talk so mundane that you feel that a better topic would be something about your obsession or interests ? This dislike of small talk for me comes from the fact that I have trouble picking up cues in body language and talking about something like the weather is pretty pointless if that is in fact a small talk topic.

For example when interacting with someone:
"Good day" 

*Me thinking* "Is that a question or a statement?" *reply back* "Um good day"  

This is confusing for me as I see it like making a connection on the internet, your computer syncs with another and it acknowledges your connection and after that your computer sends back a sync-acknowledge back.

It's like these questions are the same way, it's like the person is subconsciously trying to see if your social or not. Even if someone tells you that in passing, it's pretty pointless to me because it's more like an acknowledging statement as if the person who said it wants to be acknowledged by you. 

I actually do this myself but to be more polite and hope that I could talk to someone but I find myself doing this subconsciously too sometimes because even Aspies are different from each other and have different levels in social skill. That doesn't mean we can't socialize and should give up, but we do need our space too. 

Also, this is the internet and people should keep in mind that there's no real way of proving one hundred percent who's an Aspie and who isn't without meeting in real life to provide proof like documents and etc. Keep this mind when you decide to play the ole finger-pointing-fake-aspie-game ... 

Intelligence

 

This one makes me wonder why we can't all agree that everyone is smart in their own ways and just because we don't have extension knowledge about something that you have, doesn't make one stupid or any other slur. 

I blame the anonymity of the internet where adults teens kids can act like kids all the want and fight like one.

Yeah, this is the internet I got it, but explain this: Why can't you act your age and or mature then ?

 

People probably wont have a good comeback for this without the ole "But this is the internet Herr derr! People are always fighting and shit! You must be new here!" ...

Oh really ? Answer me the question from above, if you can be anyone you want to be and since it's easy to fight and get into arguments without repercussions and accountability, why can't you act your age and be mature then ?

Back on topic, I think this is more like we're all smart in our own ways but we can be foolish at times. 

I noticed that Aspie and Autism are being used as slurs now-a-days but these are used by children and teens and lot's of college-age adults who don't realize that college is nothing more than an expensive daycare ... 

It was bound to happen once the oldest slur misused by people, the R-word, started to get boring and receptive. This right here shows me that some people never really grow up and put others down for being immature to hide this fact about themselves.

We need to all agree that there's no really such a thing as a universal IQ or quantity of knowledge and that everyone one makes foolish mistakes every once in a while ...

Oh and opinions and facts don't count for all you arrogant people out there who think you know everything there is to know. 

Bad behavior

 

Another rather controversial one and I'd probably be flamed for it but even Aspies are not exempted from misbehaving.  

We can in fact become bullies and hateful as well but I think that's more due to the type of environment we grew up in. If someone with Asperger's grew up in an abusive environment (mentally physically or sexually), they can indeed continue the cycle of violence they were put through.

I would know because my step-dad was always in my face all the damn time when I wanted space or to be left alone, and this is the close-minded homophobic mall-cop who had never finished reading a book on taking care of kids or never could grasp it, but never-the-less you never get into a teenager's face and act like an arrogant asshole who has to put you down and act like he's in charge to hide his inept idiocy ... 

I ended up assaulting him when he wouldn't back down and made me madder (because police moves is not a way of calming a stressed and emotional teenager) and almost winded up in juvenile prison. I guess he didn't want my mother to leave him so he played the ole "Let's make a deal" game. 

But just because we can be violent doesn't mean we are violent and you have to remember that the same things that can piss off a neurotypical (or normal person without Autism) can piss off an Aspie as well.

I can't tell you how much the media pissed me off in the last few years when they unfairly made those suggestions that the criminals did what they did because of Autism.

It still steams me up but then I came to realize that the media are nothing more than worthless pestilence flies,who are only reporting what they think would sell a newspaper.

They could careless how many of you Aspies suffered prejudice or hatred as long as they make their money. The same goes with how many people die because some copy cat thinks he can top a shooting and wants media attention. 

It sucks how much people use stereotypes of Asperger's and don't bother to think that maybe we're all not the same but share a lot of similar symptoms
but not really all of them.

That makes the theory of Aspies being violent criminals fall on it's ass when someone points out that not all of us share every symptom of Asperger's because of different intelligent levels and experiences in life. If I'm not mistaken, I think an IQ is more like a capacity in a light bulb and not how much you know ............................................................................................................ 

Inspirational famous dead people



Now this one is a really controversial stereotype that a lot of Aspies probably wont like but I feel that it needs to be said because people are now making famous people from the past having Autism a fact rather than something that's still plausible and debatable. 

It's also becoming a trend to say that successful people from the past who are long dead have Autism just because they were intelligent and famous. 

I'm sorry but there's more to it than that and those aren't necessarily symptoms people! While I'm not saying that they didn't have Autism because of this but it's still rather debatable and there's no real way of proving it because you cannot diagnose a dead person. 

These people may or may have had Autism and while it's fun and inspiring to say they had, let's not make it into a wives tale that somehow becomes fact in later years. Just keep it in mind that there's no way of knowing for sure that they did have Autism but instead be inspired by them and follow their footsteps and do the things you love. 

Who knows, maybe you'll make your own history :D

P.S. I think Dan Ankroid has been confirmed of having Autism and that Tim Burton has been reported of having the symptoms of Asperger's Syndrome by the actress who played Bellatrix from the Harry Potter movies (forgot her name lol) 



  


 
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AliceSacco Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
finally something that make sense.

Unfortunately, even some people with Aspergers' believe strongly in stereotypes.
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The-Dork-King Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Why I despised the Wrong Planet forum community and is leaving another one for people with Asperger's Syndrome :/ A lot of people from Wrong Planet are coming over to Aspie Central which means that community would be infected by trolls, curebies, and the attention seekers who would do anything for attention. 

I didn't like their attitude and how the community at Wrong Planet actually indulged the idea that having Asperger's meant you were suppose to be miserable and some supreme being who's better than people who don't have Asperger's Syndrome. I believe strongly in learning to live with something because I have Dyscalculia which makes math and other things people take for granted harder for me. 
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c-a-d-e-n Featured By Owner Edited Jul 24, 2014  Student General Artist
This is the best written piece I have ever seen
And I have Aspergrers *cough *cough*
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chili19 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014
Satoshi Tajiri have it too btw and he created Pokemon.
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dango117 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Artist
these stereotypes(even though are true to me) really are irritating >< were all not like that! like im a social butterfly when im not sappose to :/
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The-Dork-King Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's just it, people are under some delusion that to be an Aspie, you need to be anti-social and a super genius when even we crave socializing with others and our intelligence varies from person to person ...  
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dango117 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Artist
true very true. just assumptions are so wrong >< you should get to know a couple of aspies before jumping to conclusions i think people should do who dont have it...
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AngelOfBeauty88 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Helena Bonham Carter is who you're thinking of.
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The-Dork-King Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's her name lol Sorry about that :sweatdrop: revamp v2 
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Lizlovestoons12 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Let's not forget that Albert Einstein, Beethoven, Mozart, Michelangelo, and Bill Gates have Autism!
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