Asperger's syndrome is a neurological condition and developmental disorder categorized as an autism spectrum disorder. Symptoms of Asperger's syndrome, or AS, often manifest themselves as forms and examples of social ineptitude, such as: naivete; mild-ish difficulty communicating and expressing ideas, especially a.) to another person in person and/or b.) through the spoken word (this one is especially from personal experience); mild to *moderately* severe difficulty making eye contact due to the eyes showing a lot of emotion and telling exactly what the other person is feeling or thinking because our brains don't work that way; narrow-mindedness, to a certain degree; etc.

However, individuals with AS, frequently referred to as 'Aspies', often - not always, but often - have an IQ ranging from average to considerably high. "Symptoms" and advantages of such a high IQ resulting from AS include: a fascination with - almost obsession over - a specific topic (examples: Greek and/or Roman mythology/mythologies, dystopian science fiction, a specific period in history); very large vocabularies filled with sophisticated and sometimes kinda complicated words; knowing almost everything there is to know about their topic; being the most likely to succeed in all the nerdy careers so that everyone else can get to being superstars and supermodels and pop stars and other social icons that almost every neurologically typical teen idolizes; etc.
If the only people in the world were incredibly social, non-nerd/non-geek, not-even-really-fully-wanting-to-and-definitely-not-caring-about-learning-enough-to-get-into-college-to-get-a-science-or-law-or-something-like-that-degree-to-become-a-teacher-or-science-or-lawyer-or-something neurotypical, we wouldn't have any more new iPads or iPods or iPhones or anything like that, and no new social media sites or apps or good books to read.

Aren't you glad there are nerds and geeks and people with Asperger's syndrome to make Apple products and apps and social media stuff?
by HGF88 August 23, 2014
Asperger Syndrome is one of several autism spectrum disorders (ASD) characterized by difficulties in social interaction and by restricted and stereotyped interests and activities. AS is distinguished from the other ASDs in having no general delay in language or cognitive development. Although not mentioned in standard diagnostic criteria, motor clumsiness and atypical use of language are frequently reported.

Asperger syndrome was named after Hans Asperger who, in 1944, described children in his practice who appeared to have normal intelligence but lacked nonverbal communication skills, failed to demonstrate empathy with their peers, and were physically clumsy. Fifty years later, AS was recognized in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems , and in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) as Asperger's Disorder. Questions about many aspects of AS remain: for example, there is lingering doubt about the distinction between AS and high-functioning autism (HFA); partly due to this, the prevalence of AS is not firmly established. The exact cause of AS is unknown, although research supports the likelihood of a genetic contribution, and brain imaging techniques have identified structural and functional differences in specific regions of the brain.

There is no single treatment for Asperger syndrome, and the effectiveness of particular interventions is supported by only limited data. Intervention is aimed at improving symptoms and function. The mainstay of treatment is behavioral therapy, focusing on specific deficits to address poor communication skills, obsessive or repetitive routines, and clumsiness. Most individuals with AS can learn to cope with their differences, but may continue to need moral support and encouragement to maintain an independent life. Adults with AS have reached the highest levels of achievement in fields such as mathematics, physics and computer science.Researchers and people with AS have contributed to a shift in attitudes away from the notion that AS is a deviation from the norm that must be treated or cured, and towards the view that AS is a difference rather than a disability.
Asperger's syndrome is distinguished by a pattern of symptoms rather than a single symptom. It is characterized by qualitative impairment in social interaction, by stereotyped and restricted patterns of activities and interests, and by absence of delay in cognitive development and of general delay in language. Intense preoccupation with a narrow subject, one-sided verbosity, restricted prosody and intonation, and motor clumsiness are typical of the condition, but are not required for diagnosis.
by EugeneY. November 11, 2007
A condition where a persons lacks the social capabilites of their age group.

Some people think aspies "don't have any personality" or "have no social skills". Which can really hurt the aspies feelings. Aspies often don't have the unanxiousness to express their personality freely. A lot of aspies sense of humour is different, because they often take things literally, and sometimes don't pick up on sarcasm quickly. (Which is often compensated by the aspie finding every other kind of humour more funny than others seem to). Humour is very important for social interactions and connecting with others. Some people with mild aspergers can have the potential to be unusually successful.
However, NT's lack the aspie charm, that can come from the combination of intelligence and naivete. A lot of NT's don't have the loyalty of someone with aspergers syndrome, which can be a surprisingly rare and highly desired trait in the eyes of many people. Aspies often have integrity, originality and many other good traits. I also think there is a good side to seemingly lacking empathy (that is lacking the theory-of-mind of an NT), and that is that the person who has more than average theory-of-mind is a psycopath.

Most of the time aspies often have a good nature, so please don't hurt them. If the aspie is causing damage without any bad intention behind it, you don't have to abuse them and you don't have to help them either. Just politely keep them out of your life, WITHOUT SAYING ANYTHING THAT DAMAGE THEIR SELF ESTEEM. This does not take effort. I don't think there is an unhurtful way to point out the lagging social skills to the aspie. (Unless you love them and are prepared to put in the time and effort). I hope that people just let the aspie eventually work out in which areas they need to change them selves. At the same time, I hope that anyone who is having unintentional damage done to their life by an aspie, does not let that aspie in their life any further.
by Incidently.. January 13, 2012
Imagine a tiny mind, half the size of a tic-tac. This pseudo-mind contains all of the ingredients of full-blown intelligence. Then crush that pill up and dissolve it into an Olympic swimming pool.

That is the lot of the average Neurotypical.
Unfortunately, they have not a fraction of the mental wattage to understand something as complex as Aspergers syndrome or Autism, particularly as those 'conditions' generally impart an order of magnitude more intelligence than the average Neurotypical.
Oddly, Neurotypicals can't spell either.

Asperger's is easier to understand in terms of the stupidity of Neurotypicals sometimes:
Basically, some whiny teenage emo outcasts figured out that they could easily fit in with others of their own kind, but only at the expense of being just a teeny bit able to think. Then they started making this bullshit movement for other whiny ~unique~ teenagers to join them. So that they could all meet together on the Internet and have a giant fucking circlejerk about how ''UNIQUE'' and ''MISUNDERSTOOD'' they are. To make themselves feel better they beat up on quiet kids until the parents' complain, but the whiny teens get a few dipshit doctors to vouch for them. Their grammar remains apalling.

Attention-whoring Emo Neurotypical Dickhead: "Fear my Vulcan mind-abilities, puny earthling, for I have Asperger's Syndrome!" - is an exaggeration, amazingly with correct spelling and grammar, but by and large this world was *created* by people with Asperger's/Autism and other genius-generating conditions. And Psycopaths, the homo sapiens' natural internal predator. Neurotypicals really are just the meat and sewerage of the system, they serve no 'central' purpose, but its important for them to believe that they do. Can you honestly imagine a Neurotypical conceiving of 'Courts' or 'Parliament' ? Can you imagine them designing the engineering concepts that go into building a house? A skyscraper? A car? A rocket? An aircraft? Give me a break, there is just no way. These things take a deep, deep ability to abstract. Aspergers Syndrome.
by deathfromabover February 06, 2013
A hot new label that has been out for the past 15-20 years describing a person, usually a boy of school age, that is physically and socially awkward, lacking common sense, has trouble making friends, has obsessive interests that are trivial to most people, and blackballed from the general populace. In the past, many were described as a spaz, reject, goofy, or incompetent.
Asperger's Syndrome
by waspcoloredstain June 10, 2013
A condition on the Autism Spectrum Disorder. Symptoms can include lack of flexible thinking, lack of social skills and a lack of empathy.

Oh, please, the only reason people see this as a "fake disorder" is due to a very small percentage in court cases use it to get off the hook. Thusly, we have all these people claiming that more than half of Aspies on the internet are faking it.

People who make fun of Aspies, take a time to think about this: Heather Kuzmich (hot fashion model) and contestant of America's Next Top Model, has Asperger's
Hey, did you see that model with Asperger's Syndrome on ANTM last night?
by JohnMAC January 23, 2010
A fake disorder invented so that angsty antisocial teenagers with no personality or social skills could feel like they belonged to something. Symptoms include mediocre artistic and web-design skills, affection for emo, self-pity.
Bob told me he had asperger's syndrome, but in reality, he was just a social retard that nobody liked.
by hillary ­clinton August 24, 2009

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