By Lawrence Osborne
Asperger's hasn't ever been basically outlined, bordering autism on one facet and excessive intelligence and verbal eccentricity at the different. The ailment is a type of cultural lightning rod. First, it is a onto which we undertaking the very actual and well-founded fears of social isolation inherent in psychological disease. but in addition hooked up to it's a type of admiration and envy and (among those that be afflicted by Asperger's) one of those elitism, a feeling of being one of many go with, in a global in most cases peopled through neurotypicals.
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Harro’s answer to the fly/butterfly contrast is well worth quoting in full, because it shows what Asperger means when he talks about his children differing in their perceptions from normal children. Harro, he found, regarded objective differences between flies and butterflies on the same level of importance as his own memories of flies and butterflies. As Asperger noted, it was extremely difficult when doing these tests to get Harro interested in anything, but once he became interested in a contrast he wouldn’t stop talking about it until Asperger himself brought the interview to an end.
That was the trendy label at the time. Naturally, it’s meaningless—I mean, I assume it’s meaningless. But it makes NTs feel better about themselves. I wouldn’t say disturbed. What does ‘disturbed’ mean? Dislocated, more like. ” On the Islands, he said, he felt free. Unlike repressively gray mainlanders, the carefree islanders in their happily gaudy shirts tolerated one’s peculiarities: they let the autism flow. ” As I was talking quietly to Mark, I was thinking of Sacks’s portrait of Temple Grandin and Asperger’s vignette of Fritz V.
Get a seat early. ” He was an amiable man, and I felt more at ease. Since I had an hour to kill before “It’s a Long Haul, Wear Sensible Shoes,” however, I went to get myself a gin and tonic. The Hilton bar was crowded, and I peered around to see if there were any Aspies to chat up. There were none, though others were clearly neurotypical delegates. A school social worker from Lawrence, Kansas, told me that among her children “anxiety and depression,” rather than subtler forms of autism, were the norm.
American Normal: The Hidden World of Asperger Syndrome by Lawrence Osborne