Aspergers and thinking differently

We just wanted to share this video with you today, it kind of sums up why there is nothing wrong with thinking differently.

One of the symptoms associated with Asperger’s Syndrome is the narrow range of interests that one can become obsessive in. Often people with Autism develop “special hobbies”,  becoming totally obsessive around a certain interest at the expense of all others. The capability to block out all distractions and become highly focused has led to some amazing advancements in technology and scientific understanding. Often the capacity to recognize patterns that others do not, as well as the long hours devoted to the pursuit of ones passion have helped those on the Autistic Spectrum become recognized as geniuses.

Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison are two of the more famous individuals that are believed to have autism. These two are responsible for both the theory of relativity and the electric light bulb respectivley.

It is interesting that world renowned Autism speaker, Temple Grandin, once referred to NASA as a sheltered workshop for people on the Autistic Spectrum. Her opinion is that people with Autism are true innovators, and once got quoted as saying “if the world was left to you socialites, nothing would get done and we would still be in caves talking to each other”.

Even though this advertisment was commissioned by Apple,  its very interesting to note that in this video there are quite a few characters who are speculated to have had Aspergers Syndrome, including: Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Alfred Hitchcock, Jim Henson, Amelia Earhart and Pablo Picasso.

  • Louise says:

    Took the test ,which stated 42 for me! From the moment I read my score,my whole life made sense,for once.Before this, I truely thought I was an alien, 40 years of learning to act, instead of living! I’m not playing anymore. Today I am learning to be myself Today my world is open and I’m ready with my inappropriate actions comments laughter. Today I can breathe as heavy as I like, Today I begin to teach my world, today I learn why most people are illogical. The world would be a beautiful place to live if we were all aspergers in all its forms we are the next generation of homo sapiens in my opinion,

  • shane rutter says:

    just completed the online test on this site AQ score was 36 now i now why certain things like not being able to make friends or hating being in social situations to the point of sweating and wanting to leave the situations worse is walking in two a room full of people that are in different groups and being unable to interact

  • shane rutter says:

    just completed the online test on this site AQ score was 36 now i now why certain things like not being able to make friends or hating being in social situations to the point of sweating and wanting to leave the situations worse is walking in two a room full of people that are in different groups and being unable to interact feels like your on the outside looking in .

  • Kathy Soriano says:

    I’m only in the last couple years learning to appreciate that I think differently (I’m 55); all my life I’ve felt like I’m on the outside looking in, feeling totally dorky…plus, I have ADD, Dyslexia, Slow Learner, etc. – NEVER felt like I could keep up…day late, dollar short, a little slow on the uptake…a few years ago, I was tested and found out my IQ is 131 – what a shock! I’m beginning to like the way I think – one of my favorite things to do is focus on some object that doesn’t work, and figure out how I can make it work, even if it’s a staples-tape-glue type of solution…

  • Even before I knew I had Aspergers I was proud to be different. I have always been single minded and found my own way of doing things. I will often see thinks other people miss and I have absolutely no fear of being different. I like my individualism to hell with conforming to what other people think is normal, that is why Aspergers are the ones that actually change the World.

    • Tana says:

      I completely agree and empathize with your entire statement. Although I was happy to be diagnosed, (it proved that I had a recognized reason to be proud and I was interested in reading about it). I have always been proud of my abilities and being different. I felt so little interest in the mundane banalities of most people, I have always been glad that I am not one of them. I am happy to be me.

  • Libbs says:

    Blocked content from fox 🙁

  • Susan Conner says:

    Thanks so much. I’m having a rough time processing the new diagnosis and being so utterly alone with it. No one wants to treat 65 year old. I am afraid of telling people now that Aspergers will be so associated with autism. Your daily encouragement is a great boost to keep going.

  • Mustafa Al-Saedy says:

    +1+1+1+1+1+1+1+1

  • Luke says:

    Its lovely to see such a nice positive community. I recently found out i had aspergers and it was quite a relief to know what was wrong and to see nice people with the same thing and to see we are good people.

  • kathleen says:

    Mine too!!
    What a relief.

  • Rosie says:

    Oh, thank you for this. Thank you for sending me little bits of encouragement in my inbox every day. I think you are saving my sanity.

    Love

    Rosie

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